Princess Sheila

According to popular accounts, Sheila Na Geira Pike was an Irish princess captured and married by a naval-officer-turned-pirate, Gilbert Pike, in the early 17th century. Her adventurous husband established a homestead in Carbonear, Conception Bay, where Pikes today recount tales of their beautiful, proud and aristocratic ancestor. The legend has inspired musicals and plays, including Chuck Herriott's musical Sheila Na Geira: A Legend of Love and Larceny (1997) and the 1998 musical play, The Princess & the Pirate, by Gordon Carruth. There is also a theatre named after Sheila NaGeira in Carbonear. Throughout Newfoundland, she is sometimes associated with various weather conditions such as Sheila's Brush.