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Culzean Castle


Culzean Castle

Photograph Culzean Castle Scotland

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.

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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.

In 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.

Since 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.

In 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.

 

Photograph Culzean Castle Scotland

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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