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WEDDERBURN’S CAVE. English. Wedderburn's Cave and the Priest's Cave are recesses in the Thornton Crags, north of Rothbury, Northumberland, sandstone cliffs 100 ft. high. They are named after those who used them at one time for refuge, including a local highwayman named Thomas Wedderburn (the cave was also called "Thomas Wedderburn's Hole"). Wedderburn met his demise when the authorities traced him to his lair, and, when he refused to surrender he was smoked out by igniting oil poured into the entrance, then shot.

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Recorded sources: Front Hall FHR-020, Alistair Anderson – “Dookin’ for Apples” (1979).

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