Royal Ghosts and Hauntings, and other Royal Myths & Legends

 
 


Queen Henrietta Maria

Location: Exeter (Devon) - Barnfield House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This Queen stayed here to give birth before escaping to France, though she also appears to continue to remain here today.


 
 


Mary?

Location: Falkland (Fife) - Covenanter Hotel, High Street?
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The phantom female that is said to lurk here has been named as Mary Queen of Scots. She occasionally appears standing over guests in their beds.


 
 


Female Form

Location: Falkland (Fife) - Falkland Palace
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The phantom woman is said to walk the gallery in the palace, looking for her lost lover.


 
 


Charles I

Location: Farnham (Surrey) - Vernon House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A prisoner at the time, Charles was held here briefly while being taken to London for execution.


 
 


Odin

Location: Gatcombe (Gloucestershire) - Gatcombe Park
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The large phantom dog reputed to haunt this royal household is named the 'Hound of Odin'.


 
 


Intermittent Rapping

Location: Great Yarmouth (Norfolk) - St Nicholas Church
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: After the incomplete burial of an Egyptian Princess, mysterious rapping's occurred at the church, vicarage and a few more surrounding buildings. The rapping ceased when the burial rite was completed. Another local legend says if you run around the church three times and shouted 'Bloody Queen Mary', her face appears through a window.


 
 


Henry's Wives

Location: Hampton Court (Surrey) - Hampton Court Palace
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 12 October (reoccurring), 4 November (reoccurring), and other (see text)
Further Comments: Jane Seymour returns every 12 October (the date she gave birth to her son), while Anne Boleyn, dressed in blue, is said to walk the passageways of the palace. A silently screaming Catherine Howard has been watched moving towards the chapel (on 4 November), where she begged Henry VIII to save her life. A photograph taken in December 2003 reportedly showing a ghostly hooded figure opening a fire escape has been dismissed as a hoax.


 
 


Sir Thomas

Location: Hautbois (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.


 
 


William of Soulis

Location: Hawick (Borders) - Hermitage Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Every seven years, last heard 1885 (exact date unknown) (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Murdered by peasants who had grown tired of his wicked ways, William now returns to rendezvous with a wizard deep under the castle ruins. It is said a phantom Mary Queen of Scots haunts the building, though there is no evidence she ever visited. Another entity is also reported here - starved to death in the dungeon, the ghost of Sir Alex Ramsey now walks the castle grounds. Some believe there is hidden treasure under the ruins of the castle, but the Devil watches over it - when people have tried to dig for the hoard in the past, violent storms have driven them away.


 
 


Mary Queen of Scots

Location: Heage (Derbyshire) - Pickard Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The ghost of Mary Queen of Scots, who visited Heage Hall whilst incarcerated at South Wingfield, manifests as a figure on a brown horse dressed in her Tudor riding clothes, although it is said she is more likely to be heard rather than seen.


 
 


Little Man

Location: Hollingbourne (Kent) - Eyhorne Manor
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The ghost of a small man has been seen, while disembodied footsteps have been heard in the grounds, and in the bedroom invisible clothing has been heard moving. It may be in this building that the ghost of Catherine Howard has also been seen.


 
 


Quiet Noises

Location: Ilfracombe (Devon) - Chambercombe Manor House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A secret room discovered in the mid nineteenth century also revealed a female skeleton lying in bed - since then, the area around the room has sported strange sounds late at night. The ghost of Lady Jane Grey is also reported to haunt the building.


 
 


Lady Louisa Stuart

Location: Innerleithen (Borders) - Traquair House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Buried nearby, Lady Louisa has been observed drifting around the grounds of the building. They say that Bonny Prince Charlie sometimes returns back to the castle.


 
 


Moving Floorboards

Location: Kendal (Cumbria) - Sizergh Castle
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: While not happening in living memory, it is claimed one room here had its floorboards removed and scattered by unseen hands on several consecutive nights. Sobs of a phantom woman have also been heard, and Catherine Parr is said to haunt the Queen's Room.


 
 


Catherine of Aragon

Location: Kimbolton (Cambridgeshire) - Kimbolton Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1536 onwards
Further Comments: The first wife of Henry VIII was imprisoned here for the last two years of her life. Legend says Catherine of Aragon's ghost walks the gallery, after dying in one of the rooms in 1536. Another shade, belonging to a young child, began to haunt the building after she was thrown from the battlements. The paving slab which the child landed on is said to glow blue on the anniversary of the event.


 
 


Mary Queen of Scots

Location: Kinross (Perth and Kinross) - Loch Leven Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The Queen of Scots reportedly haunts the building where she signed her abdication.


 
 


Dick

Location: Kinver (Staffordshire) - Whittington Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Dick Whittington once owned this building, and now occasionally returns to keep an eye on things. Other ghosts on site include Lady Jane Grey, a monk, and an entity that reportedly tries to strangle people as they sleep.


 
 


Pendragon

Location: Kirkby Stephen (Cumbria) - Pendragon Castle
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Castle still stands (on private land)
Further Comments: Uther Pendragon, the father of King Arthur, resided here until he and a hundred of his men were poisoned by the Saxon invaders. Some believe Pendragon's ghost still remains here. Another ghost, that of Sir Hugh de Morville, haunts the building as punishment for murdering Thomas Becket. Finally, a hoard of treasure hidden here is protected by a phantom black hen that replaces the soil of any hole dug just as quick as it is removed!


 
 


Richard III

Location: Leicester (Leicestershire) - Car park (and surrounding area)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2005 - 2013
Further Comments: Philippa Langley felt a strange sensation crossing this car park and painted an 'R' on the ground, virtually on top of the location where Richard III's body was later found. The offices of Denham Foxon & Watchorn which overlook the car park were reported to be home to mysterious noises, also (now) blamed on the king.


 
 


Mary of Guise

Location: Linlithgow (Lothian) - Linlithgow Palace
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1999
Further Comments: Accompanied by a slight smell of perfume, this phantom lady in a white dress has on occasion been mistaken for a real person. Mary Queen of Scots is also reported to frequent the chapel, and Margaret Tudor haunts Queen Margaret's Bower.


 
 


Black Pig

Location: Lydford (Devon) - Lydford Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This creature is said to be the ghost of Judge Jeffereys. Another ghost seen in the vicinity is that of Lady Howard.


 
 


King Charles II

Location: Manningford Bruce (Wiltshire) - Rectory
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1934
Further Comments: A woman sleeping in the room where Charles II was reputed to have stayed awoke during the night to see a man resembling the king playing cards with several other men.


 
 


Headless King Charles

Location: Marple (Cheshire) - Marple Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The headless ghost of King Charles has been seen here, though he never visited the place. The nearby river Goyt is haunted by a wailing woman who once lived at the hall - her lover was drowned in the river, and she waits and cries near the spot.


 
 


Catherine Parr

Location: Masham (Yorkshire) - Snape Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: This ghost dressed in blue is believed to be a wife of Henry VIII. The former queen is said to radiate a sense of calm and peace.


 
 


Coach

Location: Meyton (Suffolk) - The two bridges in the area
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.


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