Could young footballers have found clue to long lost treasure?
Last Saturday while playing football in Castle Park a number of local boys found a leather container which experts think may contain details about the long sought Jenny Watts treasure.
The boy responsible for the find is 10 year old John Small from Silverstream Mews.
In an interview with the Spectator John explained how the find came about .
We were playing in the woods beside the Town Hall and Dave booted the ball into the trees . When we were searching for the ball I found this hole under the root of a dead tree. It was quite a deep hole but at the bottom we could see a leather tube about six inches in length. It was very old and dirty and badly damaged .We pulled it out and saw it contained some old papers and a map.
We decided to take it round to Dave’s house to let his dad see it. Dave’s dad could not read the papers as it was old and torn and damaged by weather but his mum said that it looked important and we should take it to the Museum.”
We took it to the Museum and showed it to Ann Teekes who said that despite the damage it was clear that the documents dated from the early 19th Century and related to Jenny Watts a well known smuggler in these parts (See Legend of Jenny Watts). It would appear that the papers show that she has buried her loot in the Bangor Area.
Ann continued, “We have sent the document to the Central Museum to be restored and we will publish full details of the findings here on jennywattstreasure.com at 10 o’clock on Saturday 23rd May 2015.
Former shipmates and now sworn enemies, Peg-leg Antoine once had his booty plundered by Jenny Watts, right out from under his poop deck. The treasure was later smuggled to the coasts of Bangor in Northern Ireland and hasn't been seen since. Peg-Leg Antoine died soon after suffering from food poisoning from under-cooked rat.