is Molly Morgan
The pub also has a connection with the transportation
of criminals to Australia.
On january 31 ,1762 ,in the cottage behind the pub,
Margaret, wife of David Jones a helper at The Sun, gave birth
to a baby girl and named her Mary, later to be known by the
more familiar Molly.
She attended the local school at Diddlebury, about a
mile from the pub and learned needlework.
On june 25 1785, having two years earlier had a bastard
son by another man, married William Morgan, a wheelright of
The following year they had a son and moved from
Corfton to Cold Weston.
Meanwhile back in Corfton, John Maesbury, landlord of
the Sun, laid out some hemping yarn for bleaching,
The home of William and Molly Morgan was searched and
the yarn found !
Both were arrested but William managed to escape, Molly
was locked up for the night at the sun, where she had to be
sewn up by a surgeon after trying to kill her self by slitting
She was eventually given the severe sentence of
transportation for 14 years.
In a complicated series of events, she escaped and
returned to England before ending up back in Australia where
she flourished as a farmer and gained an even more colourful
reputation for her drinking and sexual exploits.
She had been known as the queen of Hunter Vally and now
her colourful life has been marked with a wine named after her
that is grown in Hunter Vally.
The above information is a summary of the book "Molly
Morgan, convict - queen" by the late Frank Mitchell, a
headmaster of Diddlebury C of E