Castle Ghosts and Hauntings

 
 


Bertha

Location: Banchory (Aberdeenshire) - Loch of Lees Castle (no longer standing?)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Annually (exact date unknown)
Further Comments: Bertha was poisoned by her lover's mother, who was not impressed with her son's choice of woman. Bertha had her revenge; she appeared post-mortem and scared her murderer to death. Bertha now returns to the scene of the crime once a year, though no one knows the exact date...


 
 


Pregnant Lady

Location: Banff (Aberdeenshire) - Castle of Park
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This woman hanged herself rather than face becoming a single parent. A phantom monk has also been reported within the building.


 
 


Lord Banff

Location: Banff (Aberdeenshire) - Inchdrewer Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Banff was murdered by his servants, who then set the castle alight in an attempt to conceal their crime. His ghost is said to have returned, though no one is sure how it manifests.


 
 


Donald Campbell

Location: Barcaldine (Argyll and Bute) - Barcaldine Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The same figure that briefly appeared post mortem at Inverawe House, Donald's shade is said to be full of loathing and hate. A blue lady is said to appear and listen to any music played on site.


 
 


Lady Ann Day

Location: Barnard Castle (Durham) - Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Tossed into the River Tees by her murderer, the ghost of Day has been seen reliving her deathly plummet.


 
 


Monk with Whip

Location: Barnwell (Northamptonshire) - Barnwell Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The strong gusts of wind that are felt on windless days are blamed on a murdered monk, who walks this area with a whip.


 
 


Father and Son

Location: Bebington (Lancashire) - Leasowe Castle (also known as Mockbeggar Hall)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Many years ago, this couple were captured by the castle's owner. Rather than be tortured, the father killed his son and then killed himself - their ghosts have since been reported standing over peoples beds.


 
 


Edward II Screams

Location: Berkeley (Gloucestershire) - Berkeley Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 21 September (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Murdered on orders of his wife Queen Isabella (her fate is documented elsewhere in this database), the anniversary of the King's death is marked by his screams echoing around the castle.


 
 


Blue Lady de Pomeroy

Location: Berry Pomeroy (Devon) - Berry Pomeroy Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: After being raped by her father, this former member of the de Pomeroy family now haunts the ruins of the building for the crime of killing her own child. The child has also been heard crying and screaming in the building. The castle also lays claim to possessing a phantom cavalier, and a ghostly black dog.


 
 


Margaret

Location: Berry Pomeroy (Devon) - Dungeon, Margaret Tower, Berry Pomeroy Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Left to starve to death in the dungeon by her sister (they both chased after the same suitor), Margaret now haunts the area. Visitors have reported feeling something brush past them on the staircase down to the room.


 
 


Scottish Piper

Location: Berwick upon Tweed (Northumberland) - Berwick castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The ghostly Scot plays his pipes while pacing up and down one of the ruined battlements.


 
 


Lord Hope

Location: Betchworth (Surrey) - Betchworth Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: While chasing an escaping prisoner, Lord Hope killed the man, who Hope later discovered was his son. Now the lord walks the area in regret.


 
 


Mary Littleton

Location: Birmingham (West Midlands) - Maxstone Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Mary was pushed down the staircase here after a furious argument with her husband - her shade lingers on.


 
 


Floating Candles

Location: Birr (County Offaly) - Leap Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2002
Further Comments: Strange lights were constantly reported floating around within the building before it was converted into a family home in 1991. Since then, other ghosts have been reported within, including an old man seen sitting by the fireplace and a woman in a red dress.


 
 


Angry Knight

Location: Blackness (Stirling) - Blackness Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: This vexed spirit chased a female witness out of the castle during a sightseeing tour. Banging sounds have also been reported, with no source ever being found.


 
 


Janet Dalrymple

Location: Bladnoch (Dumfries and Galloway) - Baldoon Castle ruins
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 12 September (reoccurring)
Further Comments: On her wedding night, Janet went insane; she stabbed her husband several times, and had to be dragged away by servants. Janet's husband survived, though she died shortly after - the date on which her shade returns to the scene of her outburst.


 
 


Lady Jean Sings

Location: Blairgowrie (Perth and Kinross) - Newton Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Lady Jean Drummond used witchcraft to seduce and marry the local laird, but those who taught her the magical arts came and abducted Jean on the wedding night. She now sings sad love songs from the tower, and has been seen passing through the castle.


 
 


Man at the Window

Location: Blarney (County Cork) - Blarney Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 15 October 2010
Further Comments: Echo Ghosthunters reported seeing a man by a window in the castle, but later found out there was no stairs leading to that spot. EVP was also recorded in another location.


 
 


Victorian Lady

Location: Bodelwyddan (Clwyd) - Bodelwyddan Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Several dead people still appear to be trapped within this building, including a woman dressed in Victorian garb, a soldier (likely to be from the World War One, when the castle doubled as a recuperation hospital), and an unknown shadowy figure who lurks in the corridors.


 
 


Lady in Red

Location: Bodiam (Sussex) - Bodiam Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown, singing heard on Easter Sunday (reoccurring)
Further Comments: This spectre stands on the top of a tower, illuminated by bright moonlight, as if waiting for someone. A child haunts the bridge - the young boy disappears when he reaches the half way point. More stories tell of phantom singing, music, and words spoken in an unknown tongue.


 
 


Hare

Location: Bolingbroke (Lincolnshire) - Bolingbroke Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Haunted by a phantom hare, locals believed the creature to be a witch who was once held in the castle.


 
 


Burning Baby

Location: Bolsover (Derbyshire) - Bolsover Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Wayne Anthony, in Haunted Derbyshire and the Peak District, writes that the ghostly woman seen in the kitchen area of the castle carefully places a small child into the fireplace before vanishing. Phantoms have also been reported in the chamber under the castle - a man wearing ruffs and a woman in a scarf have been spotted standing together just before vanishing.


 
 


Disguised Queen

Location: Borthwick (Lothian) - Borthwick Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Mary Queen of Scots left the castle in 1567 dressed as a boy in order to escape her enemies - her ghost here remains clothed in this way.


 
 


Wissie

Location: Boverton (South Glamorgan) - Boverton Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early Nineteenth century?
Further Comments: The ghostly lady in black who haunts the area was the wife of King John - he condemned her to exile here, though she apparently continued to love him dearly. Her tall, sobbing form was seen by a couple of workmen.


 
 


Romans hiding Treasure

Location: Bowes (Yorkshire) - Castle ruins
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Murdered by an angry mob, these Romans all died before any could reveal where they stashed their gold. While their ghosts are now said to show the location of the treasure, those who see them die before they can share the secret.


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