It would be so interesting to know what local people made of it – whether the children all gathered down on the shore to have a look!

Ultimately, Alexander may have been heading for the Western Isles in an attempt to provoke King Hákon into a showdown. Soulis’ ghost haunts Hermitage, whilst the cries of his young victims are still said to ring out around the ruins. According to a traditional ballad, The Green Ladye of Newton, a Green Lady haunts the castle. Now, believing that these carvings depict Alexander’s ships, and are contemporary with his visit, does require a leap of faith (or imagination). More detailed drawings can be found in Marion Campbell’s article in, Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window), Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window), Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window), Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window), Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window), Dunstaffnage Castle: defiant to the last, Temple Wood stone circles, Kilmartin Glen, Greadal Fhinn – a chambered cairn and a Norse burial, Dunfermline Abbey (part 2): pride of kings, Alexander II and the ‘ghosts’ of his galleys,, ‘Somerled and the Emergence of Gaelic Scotland’ by John Marsden, Maps:  Argyll, 6″ 1st ed., 1880, courtesy of. It played a part in the Jacobite uprisings; being torched during the 1689 rebellion by the Black Colonel John Farquharson, and forfeited to the Crown in 1716 after the Earl of Mar supported the 1715 uprising.

Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Situated near Coylton,  Sundrum Castle dates back to the 14th century built by Sir Robert Wallace, Sherriff of Ayr, and incorporated into a mansion house by the Hamilton family in 1742. We occasionally see pine martens here too, they are very bold! It could escape locked rooms and even appeared when he sailed away from the haunted Scottish castle. The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland, now part of Historic Environment Scotland, holds a substantial archive of research information, drawings, and photographs lodged by the current owners. Since then, he has haunted Duntrune, causing poltergeist phenomenon and playing his pipes from the tower. Hi Jo. It could escape locked rooms and even appeared when he sailed away from the haunted Scottish castle. Located in Blairgowrie, Newton is the seat of Clan Macpherson, and dates back to the 16th century, with the usual later additions. Interestingly a skeleton, which still had long blonde hair attached to the skull, was found in Sanquhar Castle in the 1870s. One, John Wilson, was the innocent victim of a spat in the 1590s between his employer, Sir Thomas Kirkpatrick, and Douglas of Drumlanrig, an associate of Robert Crichton, Lord of Sanquhar and Sherriff of Nithsdale. A 15th century castle located in Pollok, which perhaps owes some of its ruinous state to being blasted by Mons Meg in 1489, on the orders of King James IV in response to John Stewart, Lord Darnley, rebelling against him.

Alexander II and the ‘ghosts’ of his galleys. Loved your post and the pics are fabulous. Jean shrieked and died on the spot. A dun here on the Craignish peninsula has a similar name: Caisteal nan Coin Duibh (‘the castle of the black dogs’). I even wondered if the stones could have been carved previously in a different location (or on an earlier chapel – ‘Kilchattan’ suggests the presence of an early missionary-saint) and then incorporated into the existing 12th century structure. Let’s rewind history back a day, to 7th July when the galleys were anchored off Luing. This is Kilbride, a lovely little place on the north shore of Loch Feochan, which we visited several summers ago. Crichton had Wilson locked up on trumped up charges, and subsequently hanged him when Sir Thomas Kirkpatrick protested.

Jean was buried at Knockie Hill, rather than the churchyard as she died under enchantment. And why are there carvings on both the north and the south walls of the chapel? It has been unoccupied since that time, although there are some accounts suggesting it was partially inhabited thereafter including for the storage of firearms from the De Tuillay in the 1745 Jacobite Uprising and Lady Grange's account of her kidnapping. Is the Avebury Red Lion Pub, the Most Haunted Pub Ever? A small garrison was stationed in the castle until the Jacobite rising of 1715 when Allan recaptured and torched it, purportedly to keep it out of the hands of Hanoverian forces. Crookston is owned by Historic Scotland and open to the public. It is one of the oldest continuously occupied castles in Scotland. The MacDougalls held a string of castles around the coast of Argyll. MJ STEEL COLLINS  looks at some of the less-well known haunted Scottish castles.

Would that have made it more difficult, or more tempting, to set about them with a sharp blade? It also played a role in the Jacobite rebellions, before being destroyed by the English government in 1719. A great post, many thanks. For a start, there is no real way of dating them, other than from the type of ships they portray, and from the obvious fact that they have been weathered by time. Despite being suitably clothed (Scottish folklore doesn’t follow logic at times), she headed to Newton Castle, where she was due to marry Lord Ronald, who wasn’t the man she loved. In view of the violence that often followed such an appearance, it’s understandable that the local people rarely stayed on the scene to make sketches… but according to some historians, on one memorable occasion in the 13th century that’s precisely what they did, and their impressions are still visible on the walls of a ruined chapel on the Isle of Luing. She found it quite a creepy place. So when we saw this image on the nearby rocks we were not sure if it was of this world, or perhaps a ghostly apparition… Very interesting article and beautifully produced – many thanks. Now a ruin, Sanquhar was once the home to the Crichtons of Dumfries, who built it in the 13th century. Castle Tioram (/ˈtʃiːrəm/) (Scottish Gaelic: Caisteal Tioram, meaning "dry castle") is a ruined castle that sits on the tidal island Eilean Tioram in Loch Moidart, Lochaber, Highland, Scotland. This was a traditional burial place of MacDougall chiefs until the 1700s, and is the home of the splendid MacDougall Cross. According to Canmore, Kilchattan chapel (‘the church of St Cattán or Cathan’) is ‘probably 12th century’, so it would have been standing by 1249. [7] According to early modern tradition, preserved by the seventeenth-century Sleat History, the castle was erected by Ailéan's granddaughter, Áine Nic Ruaidhrí. Is it on such days that the ghosts of these galleys return? Ciotach’s piper was welcomed by the Campbells, but they became suspicious about his overt curiosity about Duntrune.

A number of significant figures in Scottish history visited the castle, including Robert the Bruce and Mary, Queen of Scots. I live by the sea in Argyll, Scotland, and I write about the landscape, its wildlife and wonderful history.

An illuminating folklore guide, Bee superstition: A matter of life and death, The Story of St Leonard, England’s Last Dragon Slayer. [3], Castle Tioram was one of Somerled's castles in his time (the twelfth century),[4] though some may date it from the thirteenth or fourteenth century. The second ghost is thought to be Marion Dalpeddar, presumed another victim of the vicious Robert Crichton. If you can allow your mind to make that leap, though, you might snatch a glimpse of something extraordinary even in that time of frequent seaborne dramas. One of the stories we’ve read about Castle Tioram deals with a young women accused of helping to steal the Lord’s silver. Woodchester Mansion, a haunted house untouched by time. They must have been a breathtaking sight to behold: ‘Presumably the ships resembled Norse longships, of shallow draught, with one large square sail and with oars, highly manoeuvrable and able to beach on any sandy shore.’   (Marion Campbell, ‘The Kist’ no.22, 1981). A linked legend, perhaps… or maybe these old warriors loved their hounds! What Lurks In Dartmoor’s Wistman’s Woods? Some historians believe that this was his intention all along. These vessels symbolised the pride and power of a king whose golden age was about to come to an abrupt end. Enjoyed that read (as always). He was ambitious and strong-minded, brutally suppressing rebellions in Caithness and Galloway and forging the Treaty of York with Henry III of England, an agreement which defined the English-Scottish boundary in a line running from the Solway Firth to the Tweed. Owned by the Chieftain of Clan Farquharson, Braemar was built in 1628 by the 18th Earl of Mar, John Erskine, ironically to hold back the Farquharsons. We stayed in a B+B on the hillside above Eilean Donan one time and the owner showed me the remains of a sword he’d found in a ruined cottage up around there and a cannon ball from the time the Royal Navy bombarded the castle as there are a lot buried in the hillside. After the wedding, Ronald looked at his new wife and saw she look distressed. Thanks, Ashley! Castle Tioram (pronounced “Cheerum” in Gaelic) dates back to the 14 th century and was the traditional seat of my ancestor’s clan, the Macdonalds of Clanranald. Hope you get there one way or another. Above and below:  Kilchattan chapel, Isle of Luing. Perhaps let us know if you’re up and we might be able to help (might even join you, haha!). One of Alexander’s intentions was to meet with Eóghan MacDubhghaill (Ewen MacDougall), one of the powerful rulers whose loyalties were causing him so much annoyance. For any of your readers really interested I mentioned Denis Rixon’s definitive book ‘The West Highland Galley’ a fascinating history of these remarkable craft. Castle Tioram was one of Somerled's castles in his time (the twelfth century), though some may date it from the thirteenth or fourteenth century. So where does this leave us in terms of that enigmatic local ‘sketch’? Braemar also boasts a ghostly piper, and the Black Colonel’s shade has been seen flitting about.The castle is now open to the public, leased out by the Farquharsons to the local community.

But Marion Campbell believes that the meeting never took place: Eóghan may have received advance warning of the King’s approach, but he had also learned of trouble in the Isle of Man, and had departed swiftly to deal with it. Thereafter, it was purchased by the Farquharsons, who let it to the government for use as an army garrison, though the castle itself was a ruin. Her two male companions were hanged while she was tied by her hair at low water, and left to drown. The fleet may have anchored in Ardinamar Bay. Eilean Tioram is one of 43 tidal islands that can be walked to from the mainland of Great Britain and one of 17 that can be walked to from the Scottish mainland. Desperate, she went to a local witch, who advised her to attire herself in the cloth of the fairies.

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