Inverary Castle, a squat grey turreted mansion on Loch Fyne, is the seat of the Dukes of Argyll. The original Campbell stronghold was burnt by the Marquis of Montrose in 1644 and the present castle was built by the third Duke in 1744. He also rebuilt the nearby town of lnverary at the same time.The castle was subsequently remodelled first by noted architects William and John Adam and then for the second time after a fire in 1877. It houses collections of paintings, tapestries and weapons, including Rob Roy MacGregor’s sporran and dirk handle.
The castle is haunted by the Harper of Inverary. According to one story he was hanged by Montrose’s men, but according to another he was killed in a castle siege. Either way he has been seen in several parts of the castle, always wearing the Campbell tartan, and his music has often been heard. He seems to be a friendly ghost, but rarely appears to men for some reason.
The castle was also once the scene of a strange vision. On lOjuly 1758 Sir William Bart, a doctor, was walking with a friend and a servant in the grounds of the castle when suddenly they all saw a battle taking place in the sky. A Highland regiment was attacking a fort defended by French troops. They were soon beaten back and withdrew, leaving a large number of dead. Later Sir William learned that on that very day a British force of 15,000 men had attacked the French fort of Ticonderoga in Canada and had been forced to retreat, leaving behind 1,994 dead. The 42nd Regiment Black Watch had lost 300 men. It is said that before the death of each Duke of Argyll a ghostly galley with three men on board, simi lar to the ship on the Campbells’ coat of arms, is seen moving up the loch and then disappearing inland. Female Ghost | Green Lady | Lauder | Aberdeenshire | Angus | Barcaldine | Barcaldine | Birmingham | Bishop Cameron | Bladnoch | Braemar | Carlow | Doncaster | Dublin | Dumfriesshire | Dundee | Essex | Female Ghost | Ghost | Goatfell mountain | Green Lady | Green Lady | Ireland | Ireland | Ireland | Kent | Leap | Nairn | Pontefract castle | River Tyne | Scotland | Scotland | Scotland | Scotland | Shropshire | Southeastern Ireland | Sussex | The female ghost | Witchcraft |
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