|From: "Sandra Glover" <email@example.com>
Sent: Tuesday, January 30, 2001
the only spooky story I know of Ardrossan Castle is, if you go there
when it is thundering and the lightening is flashing there may be a slim
chance you may see the ghost of Sir William Wallace, who slaughtered a
group of English men in ' Wallaces Larder ' a chamber under the ' Reid
Tower '. I never managed to be up the hill in the storms, Did anyone ?
Ardrossan Castle is my favourite place in the three towns and would love
more stories about it, it is also my hobby.
Regards to all
Sent: Wednesday, January 31, 2001
One of the ''castle ghost'' stories was that there was a ''heidless
piper'' who had the boring job of marching from the castle dungeon along
a tunnel which was supposed to go from the castle to the ''Auld Keep''
up at Montfode farm [ the keep ruins are still there] the fact that the
piper was heidless and would experience great difficulty
''blawin the pipes'' never occurred to us boys and girls. This must be
quite an old tale as my mother sayed she heard it from her mother .
Every now and again, a young lad, aged
about 16, dressed as a miner, walks down Boglemart Street, and across
the garage forecourt, usually at dead of night, before disappearing
towards Hillside Street.
There was also a house in Hillside Street that was being plagued by
strange goings-ons, beds shaking violently, footsteps, even the wean in
the house ran to 'it' with arms raised ready for a carry, but nobody
else could see it. The house was eventually blessed and the visits
ceased, at least until the occupants moved out. Legend has it that there
was a bad mine disaster around there and not all of the bodies were
recovered. Also, the site was not properly blessed, or whatever it is
that should be done, at the time.
Peter E Dawkins (Sec)
Howie Genealogy Society