Margorie McCall

Margorie McCall

Northern Ireland
Death 1705
Burial Lurgan, County Armagh, Northern Ireland
Plot Co. Armagh
Memorial ID 18339386 · View Source
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It is believed Margorie was married to John McCall – who is thought to have been a surgeon – although it was common in those days for people to have more than one ‘trade' – and she lived with her family in Church Place.

Margorie McCall's grave as it is today in the Shankill graveyard in Lurgan
Margorie is thought to have fallen ill and - as her family thought – died. There was quite a lot of commotion at the wake concerning a valuable ring that Margorie was wearing. Many of the mourners tried in vain to prise the ring from her fingers – perhaps because they anticipated the possibility that grave robbers would desecrate Margorie's resting place in order to steal the ring.

After the wake – which was traditionally an attempt to avoid premature burial as the family of the deceased would sit and watch over the body for a few days to see if the person awakened - Margorie was duly interred in Shankill Graveyard. That very same night her body was exhumed by grave robbers. The robbers also tried in vain to remove the ring from her finger, but could not. Eventually a blade was produced – perhaps with the intention of severing her finger to remove the ring. As soon as blood was drawn from Margorie she came to – revived from the coma-like state - or ‘swoon' - she had fallen into. This obviously gave the robbers the fright of their lives and they fled the cemetery never looking back. She climbed out of the coffin and began to make her way home.

Meanwhile her family were gathered around the fire at home when they heard a knock at the door. Margorie's husband John – still wrecked with grief – exclaimed – "if your mother were still alive, I'd swear that was her knock." And sure enough, upon opening the door John was confronted by his "late" wife – dressed in her burial clothes, very much alive. He fainted immediately.

It is said that Margorie McCall lived for some years after this grotesque event and when she did die she was returned to Shankill Graveyard and to this day her grave stone still stands.
It bears the inscription –

"Lived Once, Buried Twice."

In memory of Margorie McCall

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  • Created by: KRW
  • Added: 10 Mar 2007
  • Find a Grave Memorial 18339386
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Margorie McCall (unknown–1705), Find a Grave Memorial no. 18339386, citing Shankill Graveyard, Lurgan, County Armagh, Northern Ireland ; Maintained by KRW (contributor 46517473) .