Castle of Mey

Region :Highland
Location : 15 miles N of Wick
Details : Originally known as the Castle of Mey, the name was later altered to Barrogill Castle. Built by the 4th Earl of Caithness it started as a typical 16th century Z-plan structure with jutting towers, corbelled turrets, and a great hall with numerous gun-loops. It came into the possession of Captain F B Imbert-Terry in 1929, who then sold it to the Queen Mother in 1952.
Paranormal Phenomena : This is allegedly haunted by a Green Lady type of ghost. The local folklore tells of how the daughter of a former laird was thwarted in her love for a ploughboy and committed suicide by jumping from an upper window.

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  1. My ancestor was born at the Castle Mey , daughter of the brother of the lady of the castle , and most likley the housemaid or the diary maid . She grew up at the castle and became very good friends with her cousin , the then heir to the castle . This friendship was not approved of and my ancestor was sent away to Kirkwell Orkney to marry a widower and take care of his 5 children . She had another 6 children one of whom was my GGGGgrand mother . I am told that there is a cottage in some land nearby but now separated from the castle by some trees . The lady living there thinks she saw a young lad dressed in clothes of the late 1700’s calling out the name of my GGGGGmother . He had been very upset that she had been sent away from the castle . This young lad did not keep good health and died soon after his cousin was shipped across to the Orkney Islands .

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