Wilton Castle in Enniscorthy is a privately owned, 13th-century castle. The castle had previously been home to several generations of the Alcock family who were locally prominent in the 17th century. The impressive house was gutted by fire during an arsonist attack in 1923 but was carefully restored in recent years by its current owner. Today, Wilton Castle is available for exclusive hire or weekend occupation on a bed & breakfast or self-catering basis.
The ghost of Harry Alcock is said to ride in a horse-drawn carriage as the sun sets on the anniversary of his death each year. While there is no specific day recorded for this spectral spectacle, he is known to have died on the 3rd of December 1840. At one point, locals were known to gather each year to catch a glimpse of this sombre sight.
Another story tells of a brutal local magistrate, Archibald Jacob, who fell from his horse and was killed while returning home from an event at the castle in 1836. His ghost was reported to appear at the site of his death and at the castle. One legend reports that Jacob’s ghost appeared in front of a fireplace at the property during an exorcism before disappearing in a puff of smoke.
Other reported hauntings at Wilton Castle include strange lights in the castle tower, and these are attributed to the spirit of a former actress. It is said that the elderly lady accidentally set her dress alight with an oil lamp and that she was engulfed in flames. Tales of a phantom dog have also been recalled, with his howls heard on the darkest of nights.
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