Inverary Castle, Scotland. Photographic Print of Inverary Castle - Argyll, Scotland from Ardea.
Inverary Castle, the seat of the Dukes of Argyll, is haunted
by "The Harper of Inverary", who was hanged by Montrose's
men on the site of the castle before it was built. His music
has been heard and he has been seen in various parts of the
castle, including the Green Library, and on the stairs. He
always wears the Campbell tartan and never seems to harm or
frighten people who see him. He is normally seen and heard
by women, very rarely men.
the death of a chief of the Campbell Clan, or a near relative,
a ghostly galley, bearing a strong resemblance to the ship on
the Campbell's' coat of arms, is seen on the Loch, with three
spectral figures on board. It is said to pass up the Loch and
then disappear overland.
Inverary Castle was once the scene of a martial vision during
the fighting in North America between the British and the French.
Sir William Bart, a noted doctor of his day, was walking with
a friend in the grounds on 10th July, 1758, accompanied by a
servant. Suddenly, he and his two companions saw the enactment
of a battle in the sky in which men in the uniform of a Highland
Regiment appeared to be attacking a fort defended by French
troops. After a short fight, they were to witness the Highlanders
retreating, leaving behind them a large number of dead. The
same scene was simultaneously witnessed by two ladies on the
road to Kilmalieu.
later news came from Canada that on that same day a British
force of 15,000 men, under General Abercromby, had attacked
the French fort of Ticonderoga, held by the Marquis de Montcalm,
and after a bitter action had been forced to withdraw leaving
behind 1,994 dead. In this action, the 42nd Regiment Black Watch
lost half of it's men, including 25 officers killed or wounded.
Inverary Castle, Scotland. Photographic Print of Aerial view of Inverary castle and Loch Fyne from Robert Harding.
On a warm and sunny day in 1765, a farmer and his son walked
from their home in Glen Aray to neighbouring Glen Shira, where
both had business to attend to. As they walked over the hills
on their return journey they decided to walk home the longer
but easier route through Inverary. They had just turned northwards
when they were astonished to see a great number of soldiers
marching in regular order towards them.
farmer and son watched the marching columns for a considerable
time, marching six and seven abreast. The rear ranks were observed
to be continually running forward in order to catch up with
those in the front of them. The farmer remarked at the time
that this invariably happened on a long march and advised his
son that should he ever join the Army he should always volunteer
for the front ranks, where the pace was always that much more
leisurely. Accompanying the soldiers were women and children
on either side, carrying pots and pans and other items of culinary.
The soldiers were clothed in red and the sun was seen to gleam
on their muskets and bayonets. They were led by an officer on
a horse, the only mounted man in the large convoy. He was wearing
a gold-laced hat with a blue Hussar jacket, boots and spurs,
and was riding a grey dragoon horse.
father, who had served with the Argyllshire Highlanders twenty
years previously and had actually fought at the Battle of Culloden,
said that the troops must have come from Ireland and were probably
on their way to England. In his experience he had never seen
such a large army and estimated the number to be far greater
than the total combatants at the decisive battle in 1746.
men watched for a considerable period of time until the younger
man, fearing possibly that he might be taken with them if he
remained in view, climbed over a stone wall to hide. The older
man, being far too old for military service, had no such fears
and remained watching the endless convoy of Redcoats. Then suddenly
the army vanished. Both men were completely astounded at the
sudden disappearance of such a large body of men.
their way home they met an old man called Stuart, from Glen
Shira, an old friend of the farmer. They asked him if he knew
what had happened to the mysterious army. The old man was startled
at the question because, although the army must have passed
him, indeed it had not.
other person had seen the phantom army and there was no record
of any troop movements of such a large number of men in that
area at that time. Both men were regarded as being totally honest
and incapable of telling a lie. They had both only drunk milk
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