Castle Ghosts and Hauntings

 
 


Henrietta Travescant

Location: Carlingford (County Louth) - Carlingford Castle and Abbey ruins
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: A pirate before taking up the residency of Abbess, this woman is thought to be one of the pair of shades seen within the ruins.


 
 


White Woman

Location: Carlisle (Cumbria) - Carlisle Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1842
Further Comments: This phantom lady was once challenged by a soldier on guard duty - she faded in front of him, and he died of shock several hours later. It is believed the ghost may have belonged to a body found in 1835, bricked up in a castle wall.


 
 


Buttoncap

Location: Carrickfergus (County Antrim) - Carrickfergus Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Affectionately known as Buttoncap, named after the large button worn on his headdress, this spiritual soldier haunts a small area near an old well. He was executed after a case of mistaken identity.


 
 


Jailed Mary

Location: Castle Bolton (Yorkshire) - Bolton Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Imprisoned by the English, Mary Queen of Scots spent some time at this castle - her shade has been reported walking around the courtyard.


 
 


Talking

Location: Castle Douglas (Dumfries and Galloway) - Threave Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The sounds of phantom conversation have been reported.


 
 


Stable Boy

Location: Castledermot (County Kildare) - Kilkea Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This lad was killed after being discovered in the bedroom of the owner's daughter. He still walks around the building looking for his former girlfriend. The castle also carries stories about being haunted by a former wizard who once resided there, who remains in a trance under the structure.


 
 


Begging Boy

Location: Castlelyons (County Cork) - Old Castle ruins
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This sad little figure is said to move around begging for his life to be saved. He was murdered by a former owner of the castle for misbehaving.


 
 


Knight in White

Location: Castleton (Derbyshire) - Peveril Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The knight has been observed standing by the keep, while his riderless horse trots around nearby. Banging and clanking has been reported in the castle after dark, with searches revealing no apparent source.


 
 


Black Dog

Location: Castleton (Derbyshire) - Peveril Castle
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A shuck is said to walk the area near the castle, while a phantasmic knight stands motionless on the ramparts. Author Wayne Anthony reports that an old lady and a phantom horse have also been reported in the area.


 
 


Woman in Black

Location: Castletown (Isle of Man) - Castle Rushen, Eagle Tower
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s
Further Comments: Watched by four boys, this phantom female figure wore a head dress and had dark hands. Local legend says that the woman was once executed for murdering her child. Another ghost that haunts the castle, this time in the basement, has been seen sleeping with a huge sword by his side.


 
 


Pregnant Wife

Location: Cawood (Yorkshire) - Cawood Castle, grounds of
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: Easter Tuesday, 1690
Further Comments: William Barwick murdered his wife and hid her body in a nearby pond. The following day, a witness saw the ghost of Mrs Barwick pointing to the area of the pond that concealed her corpse - he went to the authorities, and William was arrested soon after.


 
 


Sleeping King

Location: Chepstow (Gwent) - Chepstow Castle
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A cave under the castle was once explored by a man who claimed to have seen King Arthur and his knights. He fled after making noise which made the knights stir.


 
 


Lady Lumley

Location: Chester Le Street (Durham) - Lumley Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2005
Further Comments: The 'Lily Of Lumley', as the lady is also known, was killed by several monks after refusing to agree with their religious beliefs. When Sir Ralph discovered what had happened to his wife he had the monks executed. The monks are sometimes seen walking in file around the area of the castle, while Lady Lumley walks within the castle's corridors and grounds. An Australian cricket player reported seeing the monks in 2005.


 
 


Ann

Location: Chiddingstone (Kent) - Chiddingstone Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This female ghost is rumoured to ride her horse along the lanes that lead to the castle, recognisable by her three corner hat.


 
 


Medieval Girl

Location: Chilham (Kent) - Chilham Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The bar, built into the castle for the enjoyment of tourists, is rumoured to be haunted by an unknown girl who has scared staff. There is an old story that she was bricked up alive by a previous owner of the castle, for reasons unknown.


 
 


Lady Mary Berkeley

Location: Chillingham (Northumberland) - Chillingham Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2003
Further Comments: Broken hearted after her husband ran off with her own sister, Mary slowly pined away in the castle. Her ghost sometimes brushes past tourists in the tower. A blue boy also walks the castle, and has disturbed the sleep of guests with his fearful cries. As a side note, the cattle found on the grounds are either direct descendants of the aurochs or are related to fairy cattle.


 
 


Transparent Figure

Location: Chirk (Clwyd) - Chirk Castle
Type: Other
Date / Time: May 2008
Further Comments: A photographer experimenting with long shutter speeds with his digital camera caught a semi-transparent female form outside the chapel. Unfortunately, as long shutter speeds can quite easily make people look semi-transparent, the chances of this being any form of apparition is pretty remote.


 
 


Electrical Disruption

Location: Christchurch (Dorset) - Highcliffe Castle
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Flickering lights and other mischievous behaviours have been assigned to an invisible spirit lurking within the castle.


 
 


Bishop Cameron

Location: Chryston (Lanarkshire) - Bedlay Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: Just as likely to be heard stomping around as he is to be seen, the Bishop's ghost is said to date back almost seven hundred years, from when he was discovered floating face down in a large pond that was on the site.


 
 


Marion Carruthers

Location: Clarencefield (Dumfries and Galloway) - Comlongon Castle Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This lady, now said to have a green hue, jumped from the tower rather than spend any more time with her husband.


 
 


Mistaken Soldier

Location: Clonegal (County Carlow) - Huntingdon Castle (aka Clonegal Castle)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: His ghostly form since seen knocking on the castle door, this trooper was mistakenly killed by his own forces after returning back to the castle disguised as an English Royalist soldier. The castle is also haunted by former owner Barbara St Lege, one of her maids, and several monks.


 
 


Jacky Dalton

Location: Clonmellon (County Westmeath) - Killua Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: With wild yellow hair, Jacky's ghost still moves around the castle at night. Jacky was a land steward to Sir Benjamin Chapman, though he turned to drink and finally suicide after his employer's death.


 
 


The Thin Man

Location: Clonony (County Offaly) - Clonony Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: Spotted by a man driving past the ruins at night, this gaunt figure appeared to be bathed in misty light.


 
 


Bleeding Swan

Location: Closeburn (Dumfries and Galloway) - Closeburn Castle
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Prior to death in the Kirkpatrick family
Further Comments: Swans once brought peace and happiness here, until one was killed by a family member. Now, family death is heralded when a swan appears with a red-stained breast.


 
 


Harry Alcock

Location: Clough Mills (County Wexford) - Wilton Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1840 onwards
Further Comments: Once a year, as the sun sets, a phantom carriage moves away from the castle carrying Harry. The ghostly sight was said to have been so common that dozens of people would gather to watch the scene. The building was also said to be haunted by a former magistrate and a one-time actress.


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