This paranormal report comes from the harbor in Kinsale in Charlesfort, Ireland. The legend of White Lady of Kinsale is one of the most famous yet tragic Irish ghost reports on record…
Charlesfort was a fortress built during the reign of Charles II between 1677 and 1682. It was positioned strategically so that it could defend the mainland from enemies arriving on the sea.
A designer named William Robinson is thought to have drawn up the plans for the fort. He was the man behind the design of the Royal Hospital in Kilmainham in Dublin.
Irish legend tells us that one of the fort’s soldiers fell in love and married a local girl. The pair of them were given the gift of staying in the fort on their wedding night.
They spent the night celebrating their wedding and consuming huge amounts of alcohol. The next day the soldier had to take up a lookout post on watch duty.
He was a terrible mess from the night before – he had managed very little sleep and the alcohol was still running through his bloodstream. Within moments of taking up his post he fell soundly asleep.
Unfortunately for him, other soldiers in the fort found him asleep while on duty. The protocol in those days was very strict for such actions – he was shot as he slept for neglecting his watch!
When his new wife heard about his fate she was overcome with grief and shock. She made a mad dash for the fortress walls and flung herself into the dark sea below.
The White Lady of Kinsale
A few years after the demise of the soldier and his wife the White Lady of Kinsale started to put in an appearance.
For some reason she mainly concentrated on appearing in front of children in the fortress grounds. Two soldiers were packing up military equipment when one of their daughters asked who the lady standing in front of them was.
The soldiers looked up but could see nobody near them – they asked the young girl what she was going on about. The daughter replied that there was a woman in white standing not more than a couple of meters away smiling at her.
Another report happened in the fortress medical bay when a nurse walked into a ward and was shocked to see the White Lady standing there. She was looking over the bed of an injured child as if she was protecting them.
But the White Lady seems to have remembered what the military had done to her late husband – she is not always a friendly entity.
Over the years many high ranking captains at the fortress have been injured due to an unseen force throwing them down the stairs. They all claim that the White Lady was the culprit for their rather violent injuries.
Charlesfort was in military use for many years up until 1922 then it was left to near enough ruins. There are still many reports of the White Lady walking the ruined castle walls searching for the high ranking soldiers who ordered her husband’s execution.
She is also known to now roam the streets of nearby Kinsale where she lived as a teenage girl.
In 1973 the fortress was declared an Irish National Monument due to the part it had played in the Irish history over the years. There are now regular daily tours through it’s ruins.
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