|placename:-||Hugh's Laithes Pike|
Shap Rural parish, once in
Sir James fell in love with the daughter of one of his
tenant farmers. He kept her in Hampshire, but she died,
unhappy away from home. And Sir James turned to drink.
On the top of the pike is a little cairn marking the last
resting place of Jimmy Lowther. Jimmy lead a riotous life,
and broke his neck steeplechasing, drunk, 1802 age 66.
Having made no death bed repentance, his grave was not
peaceful. The vicar tried to lay his ghost, but eventually
his neighbours dug him up and buried him out of harm's way
on the pike, though his ghost is said to wander here.
|Old Cumbria Gazetteer - JandMN: 2008|