A True Ghost Story From Ireland: Buttoncaps Well

12/29/2008 12:19:00 PM ·

Carrickfergus Castle is famous because of an old Irish folk song recorded by Van Morrison, Joan Baez, Bryan Ferry and many others... and because of a tragic history of love and betrayal that resulted in the Haunting of Buttoncaps Well.

CarrickFergus Castle, in the Northern Irish County of Antrim, is an imposing 12th century fortress and the oldest intact stone castle in Ireland. It was built by a Norman Lord, John de Courcy, who believed in the prophecy that Ulster one day would be conquered by a white knight on a white horse. De Courcy, who was fair-haired, mounted upon a white warhorse and, together with a bunch of well-armed soldiers, started a bloody campaign and consolidated each conquest with a castle... In 1210, Carrickfergus Castle was taken over by King John and made into an English governmental centre. Read More

Written by Patrick Bernauw

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