Brodick Castle stands at the foot of Goatfell mountain, two miles north of Brodick, the main port on the Isle of Arran. The name Brodick comes from the Norse for ‘broad bay The place on which the castle now stands may have been the site of a Viking fort. Parts of the cas tle date back to the thirteenth century, though most of the original castle, built by the Stewarts, was destroyed in 1406 by the English.The first Duke of Hamilton was executed by Oliver Cromwell in the mid-seventeenth century and Cromwell placed a garrison of 80 soldiers in the castle. They restored part of it and later, in the nineteenth century, it was extensively renovated.
The older part of the castle is said to be haunted by a Grey Lady She is said to be the ghost of a Cromwellian servant girl. The captain of the guard had an affair with her and when she was found to be expecting his child, she was dismissed from service at the castle. Her family lived at Corrie, just a few miles from Brodick. When they heard of her plight they disowned their daughter.
She drowned herself in the sea at the Wine Port, a red sandstone quay at the entrance to Brodick Castle. Her ghost haunts the lower corridor, kitchen and turnpike stairs which lead to the East Tower and battlements. She has been seen stand ing over staff scrubbing floors, as if in conversation with them, but the workers never see her. Another ghost, that of a man, has appeared in the library, and it is said that a white hart is seen in the grounds of the castle whenever the clan chief of the Hamiltons is about to die. Female Ghost | Green Lady | Lauder | Aberdeenshire | Angus | Barcaldine | Barcaldine | Birmingham | Bishop Cameron | Bladnoch | Braemar | Carlow | Doncaster | Dublin | Dumfriesshire | Dundee | Essex | Female Ghost | Ghost | Green Lady | Green Lady | Ireland | Ireland | Ireland | Kent | Leap | Loch Fyne | Nairn | Pontefract castle | River Tyne | Scotland | Scotland | Scotland | Scotland | Shropshire | Southeastern Ireland | Sussex | The female ghost | Witchcraft |
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