Built in 1185 by King Henry II of England, Malahide Castle stands proudly in Dublin County, Ireland.
King Henry originally decided to build the castle for his friend Sir Richard Talbot – a knight who had helped him out on numerous occasions. The Talbot family moved into the castle and soon became one of the most powerful families in Ireland.
They became so powerful that when King Edward the Fourth came into power, he felt more than obliged to expand their castle home further (the garden areas were made bigger and the towers were made higher).
Malahide Castle actually managed to stay the property of the Talbot family until 1979. Unfortunately inheritance tax caught up with them and they had to sell the historic property to the council to fund the payments.
It’s one of the biggest (and boldest) castles in the country of Ireland…and it’s also thought to be one of the most haunted.
Let’s take a closer look at the Malahide Castle ghosts…
The Ghost of Miles Corbet
A well known English politician and Roundhead – Miles Corbet was the last (important) man to sign the death warrant for King Charles I.
He strongly supported the values of Oliver Cromwell – he believed that Britain would be far better off as a republic…and that there was no real need for a Monarchy.
During his rise, Oliver Cromwell managed to drive the catholic Talbot family out of their castle, and ended up handing the property over to Corbet (who also hated Catholics!).
Unfortunately, most of the locals who lived around the grounds of Malahide Castle were Catholic – and Corbet was not exactly nice to them – he outlawed the religion in the area and even went as far as burning down the local Abbey.
He was soon considered an evil dictator…
In 1660, Cromwell was overthrown and executed. The monarchy was reinstated and King Charles II was put into power.
King Charles decided that it was about time he punished all the ‘Regicides’ that had signed the death warrant of his predecessor – Corbet got wind of this early and managed to flee to the Netherlands.
Unfortunately for Corbet, he was caught by troops of King Charles two years later, and was returned to Malahide Castle where he was Hung, Drawn, then Quartered.
Since then, Corbet’s rather unsettling spirit is said to haunt the Castle.
Apparently his ghost reappears on the anniversary of his death and runs screaming throughout the castle. His ghost has also appeared other times of the year – many reports indicate that it has a habit of falling apart into quarters, reminiscent of his grizzly execution.
The Ghost of Walter Hussey
Also known as the Young Lord Galtrim, Walter Hussey was a cavalier who ended up in Malahide as a soldier fighting the Roundheads.
During his stay in the area, he met and fell in love with a young Irish local. Within weeks they decided to get married and Hussey’s father travelled to Malahide to ask the Talbots if his son could hold the ceremony at their castle.
Everything was agreed upon and Hussey decided to leave the battle with the Roundheads and remain in Malahide with his bride-to-be.
Hussey was ambushed on the morning of his wedding as he travelled to the castle – a single spear wound, thrown by a rival Roundhead, killed him.
After the death of Hussey, his wife-to-be actually fell in love with his murderer, and soon married him instead.
The tragic ghost of Walter Hussey has been reported on numerous occasions, walking slowly through the castle and showcasing his spear wound to shocked visitors.
Many locals believe that he is still trying to explain to people why he missed his own wedding…or maybe he is heartbroken by the actions his lover took after his murder?
The Ghost of Maud Plunkett
Maud Plunkett, was the wife of a character named the ‘Chief Justice’ – she lived in the castle for a short time in the Talbot’s history.
Plunkett had come from two previous failed marriages, and the Chief Justice was unaware of why these relationships broke down. Unfortunately for the Chief – Plunkett was a little bit of a petty headcase…
She would constantly argue and scream at her husband and there were numerous reports of her chasing him violently through the castle halls. Eventually the Talbots had enough of her mad behaviour and threw the pair of them out of the castle.
Plunkett’s Malahide Castle spirit is always accompanied by the ghost of Chief Justice – many paranormal reports claim that the pair of them have been spotted running through the castle’s halls and corridors.
The Ghost of Puck Of Malahide
Puck was the Talbot family’s Jester during the Tudor Era – he stood at no more than four feet tall (he was a dwarf).
He had two main jobs really – the Talbot family Jester and the watchman for the tower prison. Puck was well known for being reclusive and very neat and tidy when he was not working.
A woman named Lady Elenora Fitzgerald was sent to the tower prison by Henry VIII and it was Puck’s job to keep an eye on her. Within weeks, he had fallen head over heels in love with her.
He managed to keep this attraction to himself for a while but rumours soon started to spread…and warp like Chinese whispers…
These rumours twisted to the point where the Talbots heard that someone was ‘on the side’ of Fitzgerald – they could not let the king hear about this – he might think that it was them!
As a result, on a cold December morning, Puck’s murdered body was found outside the castle – the Talbot’s had taken matters into their own hands.
All of the family members claimed that Puck had taken his own life – apparently twisted and heartbroken in love…not many of the locals believed this.
Puck had said shortly before his death that his ghost would haunt the castle, but not hurt anyone as long as a male Talbot lived there.
Puck’s ghost does not manifest to the naked eye that often, the last time was during the sale of the castle back in 1979. Since then he has only appeared in tourist’s photographs…although they were not aware of his presence when they were taking the pictures.
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