Castle Ghosts and Hauntings

 
 


King Arthur

Location: Richmond (Yorkshire) - Richmond Castle
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Under the keep of the castle, deep underground, is a secret room where King Arthur rests until Britain needs him. A young drummer who was sent down a tunnel to find the hideout vanished without trace, though his phantom drumming can still be heard underground.


 
 


Bottom Half of a Lady

Location: Ripley (Yorkshire) - Ripley Castle, the Tower Room
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1998?
Further Comments: Witnessed by one of the castle guides leaving the Tower Room, this ghost walked through two closed doors. The Tower Room also experienced poltergeist activity when the chimney was unblocked in the middle of the twentieth century - pictures were turned around and the furniture positions altered. The other ghost of the castle is said to be a nun, who walks around at night, knocking on bedroom doors, and entering when invited.


 
 


Drifting Figure

Location: Rivington (Lancashire) - Rivington Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1967
Further Comments: A team of workmen on site claimed to have seen a strange white figure floating around the castle before it disappeared.


 
 


Lucy Walters

Location: Roch (Dyfed) - Roch Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Lucy has been reported running around the castle, her white clothing flowing as she moves, passing through closed doors if they stand in her way.


 
 


Lady Blanche de Warenne

Location: Rochester (Kent) - Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Varies: Blanche on Good Friday or 04 April, Dickens on 24 December (reoccurring)
Further Comments: A bystander in a battle for the castle, the Lady Blanche was killed when an arrow entered her heart - her shade has been observed still staggering with the shaft protruding from her chest. It is also believed that Charles Dickens's ghost haunts the moat; he has been seen both here and at the Corn Exchange clock.


 
 


Roundhead

Location: Rockingham (Northamptonshire) - Rockingham Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late nineteenth century
Further Comments: Charles Dickens is said to have watched a ghostly figure move towards and disappear at the iron gate while staying at this castle. Jack Gould, in his Gothick Northamptonshire, speculates that it could have been the ghost of a Roundhead as this was the path they took when storming the castle.


 
 


Richard Ely

Location: Roscrea (County Laois) - Ballaghmore Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Richard was shot in the castle by a poacher, and has remained here since. One of the flagstones is still discoloured by his blood.


 
 


Pet Dog

Location: Roslin (Lothian) - Roslin Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The pet dog of an English officer killed during a battle at the site can be heard crying out for its master.


 
 


Grey Lady

Location: Ruthin (Clwyd) - Ruthin Castle (hotel)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Weather Dependent: Clear nights
Further Comments: This spook was married to a fifteenth century steward at the castle - she decapitated her husband when she discovered him with a younger woman. In turn, she was beheaded for the act of revenge, and now makes fleeting appearances at the former fortress. A man in armour is also occasionally reported.


 
 


Joker

Location: Ryde (Isle of Wight) - Ryde Castle Hotel
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The poltergeist here is said to have a good sense of humour.


 
 


Restless Dead

Location: Saddell (Argyll and Bute) - Abbey and castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: It is said that a former laird removed the headstones from nearby churchyards to use as construction material for his castle - hence, much of the area is haunted by those disturbed. Particularly noted are the shades of a monk and that of a white lady.


 
 


Anne Erskine

Location: Saint Monance (Fife) - Kellie Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century?
Further Comments: Anne is still seen around the area where she plummeted to her death. Another ghost, Professor James Lorimer, sits in a castle corridor - he restored the building from a ruin in the late nineteenth century.


 
 


John Wilson

Location: Sanquhar (Dumfries and Galloway) - Sanquhar Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Wilson was murdered just for being in the wrong place at the wrong time, and his ghost still protests. A blonde-haired lady dressed in white also haunts the castle - she was murdered in the late sixteenth century, though her body not discovered for almost three hundred years.


 
 


Stubborn Figure

Location: Scaleby (Cumbria) - Scaleby Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Though little is known about this ghost, legend says it refused to leave for seven years after an exorcism.


 
 


Piers Gaveston

Location: Scarborough (Yorkshire) - Scarborough Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Beheaded in 1312, Piers spent his last free days in this castle - he now returns, walking the paths. A darker version of the story says he tries to lure visitors to the cliff edge before pushing them off.


 
 


Revenue Man

Location: Scotney (Kent) - Scotney Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Said to have been killed by Arthur Darrell (a previous owner of the castle), this agent of the Government now climbs out of the castle moat, dripping wet, and stalks the castle looking for revenge. Arthur Darrell's body was buried near the castle, and there are stories that say he turned up to his own funeral, his ghost saying 'That isn't me!' before vanishing.


 
 


Woman with Child

Location: Seaton Delaval (Northumberland) - Seaton Delaval Castle, chapel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Her husband failing to return from battle, this woman forever keeps watch from a window in the hope he one day comes home. There are additional reports of phantom music and the pacing sound of woman's heels.


 
 


Murdered Women

Location: Selkirk (Borders) - Newark Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 13 September (reoccurring)
Further Comments: The castle is said to contain the souls of the women and children murdered by brutal soldiers at the site, who are heard once a year.


 
 


Sleeping Knights

Location: Sewingshield (Northumberland) - Castle ruins
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Early 1800s
Further Comments: Legend says the site of King Arthur's hall; a farmer once claimed to have discovered the location, deep underground, accessible only by a secret passage that he'd accidentally stumbled upon. He found a cavern full of sleeping knights, dogs and two royal looking figures - but ran away and couldn't remember where the passage was.


 
 


Nancy

Location: Sheffield Hutton (Yorkshire) - Castle and attached farmhouse
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A former servant, Nancy now walks around the area wearing a black cloak with the hood pulled up. Seen outside several times by an owner's father, the phantom also scared a house guest to such a degree that they fell down the stairs.


 
 


Sir Walter

Location: Sherborne (Dorset) - Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 28 September, St Michael's Eve (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Sir Walter Raleigh is said to appear here once a year, near a tree that was named after him. Other ghosts claimed to haunt the castle include horses and a ghostly child. At one time, it was thought the castle was cursed, as ill fortune befell several of the owners.


 
 


Priest

Location: Sissinghurst (Kent) - Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The garden area is said to be home for a peaceful monk, killed by Sir John Baker who built the castle. His footsteps have been heard walking alongside visitors to the gardens. A phantasm has also been reported on a staircase in the castle, though it is unclear whether it is the same entity.


 
 


Poisoned Wife

Location: Skipsea (Yorkshire) - Skipsea Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1200s onwards
Further Comments: Drogo, a Baron from the eleventh century, poisoned his wife and fled abroad - she has been seen walking from the castle (or what remains of it) to a brook at the base, disappearing before reaching the bridge.


 
 


Nun

Location: Skryne (County Meath) - Skryne Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This ghost was once watched as she slowly dissolved into nothingness. She has also been heard walking in empty parts of the building, though the footsteps could belong to a white woman who also haunts the castle.


 
 


Fairy Flag

Location: Sligachan, Isle of Skye (Highland) - Dunvegan Castle
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The Flag of the MacLeod's was given to them by a fairy that changed herself into a mortal and married into the family - it can only be used three times, but each time it is waved, it grants the MacLeods victory over a foe. Used twice before (1490 & 1580), the flag remained true to the fairy's words. The Fairy Bridge near the castle is considered inherently evil, and upsets animals.


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