A Loftus Hall Ghost Story

A Loftus Hall Ghost Story

Loftus Hall is a large mansion property that is situated on the Hook peninsula, County Wexford in Ireland. It was constructed on the site of the original Redmond Hall, it is said by locals to have been haunted by Satan himself, and the ghost of a despairing young woman named Anne…


The History of Loftus Hall

The property was deigned and constructed by the Redmand family in 1350 during the time of Black Death. It was built as a replacement for the family’s original castle which was located in Houseland near Portersgate.

During the 1650’s the mansion came into possession of the Loftus family due to the Cromwellian confiscations and later the Act of Settlement in 1662.

The property was eventually converted into a hotel in 1983 but it’s new life of service failed to take off – it was left abandoned until 2011, when it became a tourist attraction.


The Devil You Know

During the 1780’s the Loftus family decided to take a break from the area and headed off on a holiday, they left a family named the Tottenham’s in charge of the mansion until they decided to return.

The Tottenham’s knew their stay at the Hall could possibly be a long one, so they decided to bring their daughter, Anne, along for the duration.

Within days of them arriving at Loftus Hall, they were alerted to a loud banging at the front door one evening. They answered the call to find a man on the doorstep asking if he could take shelter from the intense storm outside.

The family welcomed him into the house and he remained there for days as the storm seemed to go on forever…

The History of Loftus Hall

The young and impressionable Anne eventually fell in love with this dark stranger. They started a relationship.

One evening the family and their daughter’s new lover decided to play a game of cards around the table in the main living room. Anne accidentally dropped one of her cards and crawled under the table to retrieve it.

She was struck with horror as she realized that her new lover’s feet had somehow transformed into cloven hooves – the feet of the Devil.

She screamed and told her parents what she had seen underneath the table. Her lover suddenly rose to his feet and with superhuman strength, somehow managed to leap straight through the Loftus Hall roof.

The hole this dark stranger left in the ceiling of the property could never be properly repaired.

The Devil You Know

A couple of months after her mysterious lover’s exit, Anne realized that she was pregnant with his baby. Once she gave birth to the child, her parents murdered it through worry that it was the child of Satan.

They buried the remains of the infant in the walls of the tapestry room and called in a priest to exorcise the property.

Anne spent the remaining years of her life in complete heartbreak and despair – locked away in the tapestry room with the remains of her dead child.


Paranormal Activity

The remains of the child were located in the 1870’s when Loftus Hall was being renovated – this discovery seemed to trigger the paranormal activity that has surrounded the property ever since.

There have been hundreds of reports of orbs and manifestations since the grizzly discovery of the infant’s skeletal remains.

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the Loftus Hall ghost story we have covered here, please leave them in the comment section below.

The Malahide Castle Ghosts

The Malahide Castle Ghosts

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.

The Ghost of Miles Corbet

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.

The Ghost of Walter Hussey

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…

The Ghost of Maud Plunkett

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!

The Ghost of Puck Of Malahide

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.


If you have any thoughts or opinions on the Malahide Castle ghosts, please leave them in the comment section below.

The White Lady of Kinsale

The White Lady of Kinsale

For a ghost story to truly captivate its audience it must encapsulate certain points such as love, tragedy, and fear; the legend of the White Lady of Kinsale is a perfect example of this.

The story takes place in Charles Fort on the waters edge, at the southern side of the village of Summers Cove, on Kinsale Harbour, in County Cork, Ireland. This military base was designed in a star fortification as to prevent attack from cannon fire.

The Legend

This particular Fort was quite strict when it came to family members such as wives and children living alongside the soldiers, in fact only about 6% were awarded that privilege.

This legend begins with Wilful, the daughter of the newly appointed Governor falling in love with Sir Trevor Ashurst. The young couple eventually married on Charles Fort where they also held their reception.

During the reception the bride and bridegroom opted to take a romantic stroll around the grounds. Realizing that Sir Trevor had forgotten to get her a bouquet, Wilful requested he descend the great wall and retrieve her some flowers.

More then happy to please his new bride Sir Trevor instructed Wilful to return to the reception and he would fetch her flowers. Knowing the difficulty this retrieval would entail he assigned the task to the sentry on duty.

The sentry was reasonably reluctant given the strict code of ethics each guard had to uphold, such as not abandoning ones post.

Sir Trevor assured the guard that he would take charge of the post until he returned with the flowers, the guard relented and went off.

Asleep

Shortly after taking charge Sir Trevor succumbed to a long day of partying and fell asleep on post. Unfortunately it was not long after this that the Governor decided to give his distinguished guests a tour, the tour subsequently came across the sleeping Sir Trevor.

The governor having been known for his strict nature called upon who he thought to be the sentry on duty. Sir Trevor did not rouse and as a result he was shot in the head by his unknowing father in-law.

To further his point and solidify his role of fear and respect the Governor put the body on display for all to see. It was shortly after this that Wilful realized what her father had done, she became over come with grief.

No longer having anything to live for she ran to the highest point of the tower and leaped fifty feet to her death. Once her father realized what had happened he followed suit by shooting himself in the head.

Paranormal Activity

While tragic it is not yet that of the paranormal, in fact it is not until the summer of 1815 that things begin to become a bit eerie.

A Major Black was walking the grounds when he saw what looked like a woman in a white dress. Initially he thought the woman was just the wife of one of the men assigned to the fort, but he became intrigued by the odd look of the woman’s dress, which compelled him to follow her.

Ultimately the Major lost the girl.

On another occasion two sergeants encountered the lady while working, via ones daughter. The daughter exclaimed while the men where working “Who is that white lady who is bending over the banisters and looking down at us?”

They where unable to see anything, but the daughter was insistent that she saw a woman smiling down at them.

Charles Fort Kinsale Co Cork

In another account a staff officer residing in the Governors quarters claimed that while his children slept their nurse saw a woman glide across the room to the youngest child’s bed.

While looking upon the child the woman seemed to rest her hand on the child’s wrist, the child startled and cried out,“oh! take that cold hand off my wrist!”, it was at this point that the lady disappeared.

What was particularly odd about this account was the location, the nurse and children where not only in governors quarters but in a room that opened up to the what was known as the White Lady’s Apartment.

The white lady’s visits where not always reported as innocuous. A report was made by Surgeon L. some years later. While out snipe shooting he lost track of time and realized he was late for the mess hall. He rushed to his room to dress accordingly.

His absence was noticed by another officer who went to look for him and found him lying senseless on the floor. When Surgeon L. awoke from his stupor he reported that when he went to retrieve his key from under the mat he was forcibly dragged and flung down the stairs.

The White Lady of Kinsale

The intrigue and allure of a paranormal story lies in its possibility. Yes the legend of the White Lady of Kinsale could have simply been created by men in an effort to haze new officers or warn sentries of the danger of falling asleep on watch…but it could possibly be more.

It is that possibility that has sustained this story over the past and what seems to keeps it alive for the future.