Culzean Castle dating from the 18th century, designed by Robert Adam, from the gardens, Ayrshire, Scotland. Photographic Print of Culzean Castle dating from the 18th century from Robert Harding.
Culzean Castle Photographs.
Culzean Castle was the scene of the roasting to death of a member
of the Stuart Clan in 1570 and echoes of this gruesome act have
been witnessed even in recent years.
the 16th century the castle was the home of the Kennedy Family
and it was Gilbert Kennedy, fourth Earl of Cassillie, who had
Alan Stuart, Commendator of Crossraguel Abbey, seized. Alan Stuart
was taken to the Black Vault, stripped naked and bound to a spit
and then roasted in front of a great fire. Under such pressure
he signed a document giving the lands of Crossraguel Abbey to
the Earl, but six days later was roasted again before he could
sign a confirmation document. For this act, which nearly cost
Alan Stuart his life, Gilbert Kennedy was fined the sum of £2,000
by the Privy Council but kept the lands he had forcibly acquired.
He paid Alan Stuart a life pension.
that time the crackling and roaring sounds of a great fire have
been heard coming from within the walls of the castle, accompanied
by screams and sobs that fade away into the silence. Strangely
enough the sounds have been heard mainly on Sunday mornings.
1972, three servants of the castle independently saw an indistinct
shape in the dungeons but it is though that this is the ghost
of a Kennedy piper who was murdered at the castle.
Culzean Castle, dating from the 18th century, designed by Robert Adam, from the gardens, Ayrshire, Scotland. Photographic Print of Culzean Castle from Robert Harding.
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