One of the earliest known ghosts of Inverawe, which has been owned
by the Campbells for over 400 years, is that of Donald Campbell,
brother of Duncan Campbell. Donald had been stabbed to death near
Balcadine Castle by a Stuart of Appin, who was cunningly to escape
the consequences of his action by taking sanctuary at Inverawe.
Donald's ghost indicted Stuart but Highland hospitality could
not be broken and as Stuart had entered Inverawe as a guest he
could not be harmed, not even for the murder of a member of the
family, and could only expect to be allowed safe conduct without
fear of harm. The ghost of Donald was to visit Duncan three times
and after Duncan had refused to take revenge, which would have
broken the strict code of hospitality which was expected of him
as a Highland chief, the ghost finally told his brother that he
would "meet him at Ticonderoga", words that meant absolutely
nothing to Duncan at the time as he had absolutely no idea where
the place might be.
later, Duncan Campbell, Lord of Inverawe, was a major in the Black
Watch Regiment and was sent to North America in 1758 to fight
against the French. On 17th July, 1758, the Black Watch went into
action against the fort of St Louis. The regiment suffered horrendous
casualties and Major Campbell was killed in the first attack.
It was only just before the attack began that he was to learn
that the Indian name for the fort was Ticonderoga. At the time
of his death he appeared at Inverawe and the family knew instantly
that he was dead, a fact that was to be confirmed weeks later
when the news of the battle arrived from America. The Ticonderoga
Room was named as a memorial to him. Donald Campbell was never
seen again at Inverawe but the ghost of Duncan Campbell is said
to have haunted the house ever since.
ghost of a woman, with golden hair and wearing a long green dress,
has been seen many times at Inverawe and is thought to appear
only before bona-fide members of the Campbell Family. There is
strong local opinion that she is the legendary Maid of Collard,
but it is more likely that she was the mistress of one of the
Campbells many years ago who, for some unknown misdemeanour, had
her buried alive.
Her hauntings seem to centre on the Ticonderoga Room, which she
must have enjoyed during her lifetime on this Plane. In 1912,
loud screams were heard coming from that room, which had just
been emptied of all it's furniture prior to the new owners moving
in, the very night before they were due to arrive. Shortly after
the Second World War a guest, who had been out fishing all day,
was putting up his rods upon his return to Inverawe, when he noticed
"Green Jean", as she was known, walking along the gallery
that overlooks the hall. She went into the Ticonderoga Room and
August, 1967, a guest was rather rudely awakened when she actually
turned him over in bed. She has been known to be very helpful,
on one occasion actually laying out soap and towels for a guest.
"Green Jean" has also been seen outside the house. A
shepherd was astonished to see her ghost and even more astonished
to see his sheep actually making way for her as she passed through
their ranks. On another occasion she is said to have scared workers
at a nearby hydro-electric project when she was seen walking along
the Inverawe Road towards the house, where in full view of the
men she vanished.
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