Castle Ghosts and Hauntings

 
Regent Mortimer

Location: Nottingham (Nottinghamshire) - Nottingham Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Heard pacing in his former cell, Mortimer appears not to understand that he was executed in 1330. Queen Isabella has been heard screaming, the way that she may have done when they dragged Mortimer off to his death. A phantom child is also said to haunt the site, and finally the gallery is reputedly haunted by the Countess of Nottingham, who only appears to people who will die within a year.


 
Piper

Location: Oban (Argyll and Bute) - Dunollie Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1971
Further Comments: This ghostly, semi-transparent piper was seen by half a dozen witnesses visiting the castle grounds.


 
Glaistig

Location: Oban (Argyll and Bute) - Dunstaffgne (or Dunstaffnage) Castle
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Prior to major news
Further Comments: The Glaistig is a fairy-like entity that follows a family, only becoming apparent when good or bad news is heard (that is when she bursts into song, cheers, or cries). Since the castle burnt down, the creature has not been heard.


 
Song

Location: Odiham (Hampshire) - Oliham Castle, also known as St John's Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A phantom voice accompanied by a stringed instrument is sometimes heard to sing away in the ruins. Balls of light and wispy figures have also been reported drifting around the site.


 
Lady Howard

Location: Okehampton (Devon) - Okehampton Castle
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Midnight (reoccurring)
Further Comments: This large black dog is reportedly the ghost of Lady Howard, who walks from here to Tavistock. Some say it is a separate entity, and Lady Howard really travels by a coach made from the bones of her dead husbands.


 
Coach and Horses

Location: Paulstown (County Kilkenny) - Shankill Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Several entities were said to have taken up residence around the castle, including a phantom coach which would arrive outside the front door, an older man seen on the first floor, ringing bells and a phantom monk.


 
White Woman

Location: Peebles (Borders) - Neidpath Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This pale creature flitters around the building, having died of a broken heart.


 
Moddey Dhoo

Location: Peel (Isle of Man) - Peel Castle
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 1660
Further Comments: The local shuck, the Moddey Dhoo, haunted the local guardroom - appearing at night to sleep by their fire. One guard grew tired of hiding away from it and went to face the creature alone; he returned soon after, silent and dying, but the creature was never seen again.


 
Lost Princess

Location: Pembroke (Dyfed) - Carew Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This wandering shade, thought to be Princess Nest, known as the Helen of Wales, travels around the castle grounds as if looking for something. Another legend says that the great hall is haunted by a former owner and his pet ape, both of whom were found dead and on fire.


 
Lady in Black

Location: Pembroke (Dyfed) - Manorbier Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: September (reoccurring)
Further Comments: This feminine figure dressed in black seems to appear near the gatehouse.


 
Shadow

Location: Pen-y-cae (Powys) - Craig Y Nos Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2007
Further Comments: While on a ghost hunt, The Ghost Research Foundation International photographed a human shaped shadow standing on the staircase, although it has been suggested that this was shadow was casted from a statuette on the roof. The owners of the castle claim many ghosts haunt the building, including the composer Rossini, opera singer Adelina Patti and her husband, and the sound of children running.


 
Messy Bed

Location: Pencaitland (Lothian) - Penkaet (or Pencaet, or Pencait) Castle, also known as Fountainhall House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1950s
Further Comments: The ghost of Charles I is blamed for disrupting the bedding in the room that contains his death mask. John Cockburn, who committed murder here, can be heard dragging the body along various parts of the building. Finally, the castle is also haunted by a beggar, falsely accused of using witchcraft against another former owner.


 
White Hare

Location: Pengersick (Cornwall) - Former castle (on site of current castle)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A former lord of the castle had an affair with a woman in a faraway land, who gave birth to a son. When the lord returned home (and back to his wife) the woman and child followed him. The lord threw his former lover and the child into the sea. The child survived and was picked up by a passing ship, but the woman drowned, returning as a white hare which haunted the lord for the rest of his life.


 
Lass in Apron

Location: Penhow (Gwent) - Penhow Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A phantom young girl dressed for a kitchen has been reported in the great hall.


 
Crested Dragons

Location: Penllyn (South Glamorgan) - Penllyn Castle, and surrounding woods
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: 1800s
Further Comments: The dragons (or winged snakes, according to other sources) here were once said to be quite common, if not a little shy. They snacked on the local produce, especially chickens, and sparkled and shimmered when escaping farmers. They were hunted to extinction. It has been suggested that the winged snakes were misidentified pheasants or peacocks and not native to the area until introduced by the English.


 
Angry Fairies

Location: Penmaen (West Glamorgan) - Pennard Castle (ruins)
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The owner of this former castle once refused the local fairies the right to dance at his wedding party. The upset little people conjured up a massive storm which then destroyed the building. The site is now home to a Gwrach-y-rhibyn.


 
Gwrach-y-Rhibyn

Location: Pennard (West Glamorgan) - Pennard Castle
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: 1850s
Further Comments: This old hag is said still to haunt the ruins here.


 
Disappearing Guest

Location: Penrith (Cumbria) - Greystoke Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A guest here once vanished without trace, leaving all his clothing and belongings. The ghost of the man has been reported several times, reappearing in the same room. Rapping on the wall in the same room has also been reported, thought to belong to a monk who was bricked up alive in the basement.


 
Buzzing

Location: Penzance (Cornwall) - Castle Acton
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A priest staying in the castle reported hearing the buzzing of a bell that woke him up several times during the night - he was told that a former mistress had an electric buzzer connected to her maid's room should she require assistance, though this was removed when she had died. The priest had spent the night in the former maid's room.


 
White Woman

Location: Perth (Perth and Kinross) - Huntingtower Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: No one really has any idea who this phantom could be, though her appearance is said to warn against approaching bad luck and can bring about improved health and fortune. Some reports say she is green, rather than white.


 
The Pale Lady

Location: Pevensey (Sussex) - Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Seen walking along the tops of the walls of the ruins, this ghost is believed to be of Lady Pelham who was besieged here by Richard II. Some have also reported the sight of a small army by the castle gate.


 
Gliding Monk

Location: Pickering (Yorkshire) - Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1950s
Further Comments: Clad in grey clothing, this robed figure drifted across the lawn outside the front of the castle. The witness said it looked like the ghost had a bloody face and was carrying something, though he could not see what.


 
Candle Light

Location: Pierowall (Orkney) - Noltland Castle
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Prior to birth or death in family
Further Comments: Once owned by the Balfour family, a ghostly light flickering at the castle window still shines when a birth or death occurs in the family. Deaths are also announced by the howls of a shuck-like creature (known as the Boky Hound), while the ghost of a creature with enormous strength stalks the ruins. This paranormally busy castle was also home to a helpful brownie named Broonie who ensured boats remained safe during storms.


 
Robin Redbreast

Location: Pitcaple (Aberdeenshire) - Pitcaple Castle
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Prior to death in the owner's family
Further Comments: To find a robin perched within the castle walls is considered the ultimate in misfortune, as it denotes a family death.


 
Plague Prevention

Location: Pitlochry (Perth and Kinross) - Caisteal Dubh - The Black Castle
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A long distance messenger accidentally brought the plague to the owners of this castle - the villagers were terrified that the disease would quickly spread through the lands, so barricaded the castle doors from the outside and burnt the occupants alive.


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