Is Ruthven Barracks Haunted?
Ruthven Barracks is situated in the Highlands of Scotland, the location is the smallest yet best preserved of the four barracks that were built in 1719, after the 1715 Jacobite rising.
The barracks sit on an old castle mound, suggesting that this has always been a place occupied by such imposing structures.
Ruthven comprises of two large three-storey blocks occupying two sides of the enclosure, each with two rooms per floor.
Various small areas are clearly recognisable as guard rooms, pit prisons, and even the remains of a stable to the rear of the area.
Destroyed by Jacobites following their retreat after the Battle of Culloden in 1746, the Barracks ruins are maintained as an Ancient Monument by Historic Scotland.
The castle that once stood on this site was alleged to be haunted by its notorious lord, whom was said to be trapped in limbo playing cards with a dark hooded man.
This scene – much like a non-sentient recording – is said to repeat itself at various areas within the location.
Do the spirits of the Jacobites wander the grounds, or how about the once stationed soldiers? Can we hear the cries of those slain within, with the continuous sieges and battles of the era to blame?
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