A ghost is defined as the soul of a dead person who is said to appear to the living in bodily likeness at a place associated with his life. Ghosts are said to have died in terrible and violent circumstances. The Elizabethan era was a violent one and the lifetime of Queen Elizabeth saw the executions and premature deaths of many men and women. The places most strongly associated with ghosts are English and Welsh Castles. The names of many ghosts cannot be identified - they are therefore identified by their appearance like 'Grey Lady'.
The following are details of men and women who died violent deaths during the life of Queen Elizabeth I - Famous Elizabethan Ghosts.
- Sherborne Old Castle, Dorset - The ghost of Sir Walter Raleigh
- Hever Castle, Kent - The ghost of Anne Boleyn, murdered wife of Henry VIII and the mother of Queen Elizabeth I
- Windsor Castle - The Ghost of Queen Elizabeth I has been seen in the Royal Library. King Henry VIII has been seen walking the hallways of Windsor castle
- Tower Of London Ghosts - the ghosts of five Tudor / Elizabethan women. Catherine Howard, the young stepmother of Queen Elizabeth. Anne Boleyn the mother of Queen Elizabeth. The brave old Countess of Salisbury. Lady Jane Grey who was Queen for nine days. The Ghost of Jane Rochford. All were beheaded
- Hampton Court - The ghost of Catherine Howard
Ghosts encountered by Elizabethans
The following are details of ghosts said to have haunted Castles and other homes prior to the Elizabethan era and were known to Elizabethans
- Caerphilly Castle in Wales - Ghosts of soldiers are said to patrol the battlements
- Denbigh castle, Wales - Ghost of the 'White Lady'
- Conwy Castle, Wales - the ghost of a bereaved husband
- Ruthin Castle, Wales - the ghost of a man who wears just one gauntlet
- Bramber Castle in Sussex - The ghost of 4 children who were murdered on the instructions of King John
- Corfe Castle in Dorset - The ghost of a 'Headless White Lady'
- Berkeley Castle in Gloucestershire - The ghost of the King Edward II who was murdered in a most terrible fashion
- Castle Rising in Norfolk - Said to be haunted by the wife of Edward II, Queen Isabel of France
- Tintagel Castle, Cornwall - Said to be haunted by the ghost of Merlin the Magician
- Tamworth Castle, Staffordshire - The ghost of a nun referred to as the 'Black Lady of Tamworth'
- Dover Castle, Kent - The ghost of the 'Woman in Red'
- Herstmonceux Castle, Sussex - The Ghosts of the "White Lady" and the "Grey Lady"
- Hurst Castle, Hampshire - The Ghost of a monk
- Rochester Castle, Kent - The ghost of Lady Blanche de Warenne
- Verdley Castle, Sussex - The ghost of the last wild bear killed in England is said to haunt the castle
- Ludlow Castle - the ghost of a betrayed lover
- Chillingham Castle, Northumberland - the ghost of the "blue boy" and Lady Mary Berkeley
- Pontefract Castle - the Earl of Salisbury, Richard Duke of York, Anthony Wydeville and Earl Rivers
- Leeds Castle - the ghost is a large black dog
- Glamis Castle - the ghosts of an old decrepit woman and a bearded man
- The Tower of London
- Warwick Castle - the Ghost of Sir Fulke Greville who was murdered