Royal Ghosts and Hauntings, and other Royal Myths & Legends

 
 


Kittie Rankie

Location: Abergeldie (Aberdeenshire) - Abergeldie Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Kittie was burnt as a witch at the top of a nearby hill; her ghost haunts the castle and the surrounding land.


 
 


Groom carrying Lantern

Location: Althorp (Northamptonshire) - Althorp Park
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: 1820s / 1830s (Groom), others throughout the twentieth century
Further Comments: Several entities have been observed here. Seen only the once (though the exact date is not known), the horse groom was seen standing over a bed, a bright lamp in one hand - this was exactly two weeks after his death. Another ghost, that of a child, was seen several times prior to World War I, and a local gentleman named Jack Spencer (who died in 1975) was seen attending a party in the building a few months after his death. Finally, an old servant has been reported visiting bedrooms at night if lights have been left on.


 
 


Boadica

Location: Ambresbury (Essex) - Hill Fort
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Claimed by some to be her grave (and others, her final battlefield), Boadica has been reported loitering in the area.


 
 


Limping Priest

Location: Amersham (Buckinghamshire) - Chenies Manor House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1950s onwards
Further Comments: This phantom figure was seen dragging one of its feet while traversing the floor, though it was more frequently heard than seen. Some have named the figure as Henry VIII, rather than a priest, who stayed here with Anne Boleyn and, several years later, Catherine Howard.


 
 


Princess Marama

Location: Anstruther (Fife) - Johnson Lodge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This royal lady, said to be from a Pacific Isle, continues to walk around the building she spent the last years of her life in.


 
 


Mary

Location: Askrigg (Yorkshire) - Nappa Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1878
Further Comments: This location is another haunt of the spiritually busy Mary Queen of Scots, who has been seen here wearing a black velvet dress.


 
 


Duke of Suffolk

Location: Astley (Warwickshire) - Astley Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Father of Lady Jane, Henry Grey, Duke of Suffolk, had his head lopped off and now haunts this building (headless, of course).


 
 


Phantom Coach

Location: Aylsham (Norfolk) - Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 19 May (Reoccurring)
Further Comments: A ghostly coach and four passes over this bridge once a year. It is said to be driven by a headless Sir Thomas Boleyn, and is one of eleven bridges that he passes over on the night of his daughter Anne's execution.


 
 


Phantom Coach

Location: Belaugh (Norfolk) - Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 19 May (reoccurring)
Further Comments: A ghostly coach and four passes over this bridge once a year. It is said to be driven by a headless Sir Thomas Boleyn, and is one of eleven bridges that he passes over on the night of his daughter Anne's execution.


 
 


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.


 
 


Head

Location: Billingham (Isle of Wight) - Billingham Manor
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1920s
Further Comments: A free floating decapitated head was seen around the manor house, coinciding with the execution of someone at Parkhurst Prison. The ghost of Charles I is also reported to haunt the manor, as is a monk who was seen standing along a path near the coach house.


 
 


Anne Boleyn

Location: Blickling (Norfolk) - Blickling Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 19 May (Reoccurring)
Further Comments: To mark the anniversary of her death, a coach pulled by four headless horses pulls up on the driveway, with a decapitated Anne on a seat, her head in her lap. After Anne's headless white ghost arrives, it is said then to climb out, before inspecting each room of the Hall (the place of her birth and childhood). On the same date, Sir Thomas Boleyn is said to drive a team of headless horses in this area, cursed to cross twelve Norfolk bridges (including those at Aylsham, Coltishall and Wroxham).


 
 


Duelling Knights with Fiery Swords

Location: Blofield (Norfolk) - Path leading from Blofield church to St Michael's at Braydeston
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Returning to this realm once a year, the knights are said to be Sir Thomas Boleyn (father of Anne) and Sir Thomas Paston. Their shades battle with burning swords, and Lady Anne watches from a nearby carriage, pulled by headless horses.


 
 


Anne Boleyn

Location: Bollin (Cheshire) - Bollin Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The hall claims that it is both the birthplace of the queen and where her ghost has returned to.


 
 


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. Another phantom in the castle has been named as Ann Grant, a servant who was murdered after falling pregnant with the lord's child.


 
 


Lady Jane Grey

Location: Bradgate (Leicestershire) - Bradgate Park
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Around Christmas (Reoccurring)
Further Comments: Raised here as a child, Lady Jane's tormented shade now haunts both the mansion and the grounds surrounding the building. One ghost story says that she arrives in a coach pulled by four black headless horses at the house on Christmas Eve.


 
 


Queen Elizabeth

Location: Bradwell Vale (Derbyshire) - Heading towards Hazelbadge Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Once yearly, though exact date not known
Further Comments: Travelling with a royal entourage, the ghost of Queen Elizabeth I heads towards the hall.


 
 


Sir Thomas Boleyn Drives Headless Horses

Location: Breckles (Norfolk) - Breckles Hall
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The father of Anne Boleyn is said to be cursed with driving his coach over forty (or eleven) Norfolk bridges. One of the passing points is Breckles Hall, where the spectre once scared a poacher to death (another version states that the poacher was taken by the Devil because of his constant law breaking). Locals say that anyone who views the coach is dragged down to hell.


 
 


Lady Howard

Location: Bridestone (Devon) - Royal Oak public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A coach carrying Lady Howard has been spotted just outside the public house, though it is more likely to just be heard by those nearby.


 
 


Martha Gunn

Location: Brighton (Sussex) - Royal Pavilion
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Seen in the building examining banquet tables, this old, grey lady has not been seen in recent years. The Prince Regent is also reported to walk inside his former home.


 
 


Maria Fitzherbert

Location: Brighton (Sussex) - Steine House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Local legend says that this house was connected to the Royal Pavilion by way of secret tunnel, to ensure Maria Fitzherbert could secretly meet George, Prince of Wales (later George IV). Maria is reputed to continue haunt the site; a female form wearing a long flowing dress is said to vanish into a wall along the basement corridor.


 
 


Catherine of Aragon

Location: Buckden (Northamptonshire) - Buckden Palace
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Catherine is still reported to make the odd appearance in a room by the chapel.


 
 


Phantom Coach

Location: Buxton (Norfolk) - Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 19 May (reoccurring)
Further Comments: A ghostly coach and four passes over this bridge once a year. It is said to be driven by a headless Sir Thomas Boleyn, and is one of eleven bridges that he passes over on the night of his daughter Anne's execution.


 
 


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.


 
 


Queen Isabella's Crazy Laughter

Location: Castle Rising (Norfolk) - Keep area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1358 onwards
Further Comments: Edward III held his mother here for twenty seven years - she was accused of assisting in the murder of her husband Edward II in 1328. Rumoured to have lost her sanity towards the end, people have heard her laughter and screams on cold winter nights. More recently, witnesses have reported the eerie sounds of children playing and singing nursery rhymes.


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