After some quite frankly terrifying research we have put together this post on just some of the UK’s haunted wedding venues. Read on, if you dare…
Comlongon Castle, Dumfries
Comlongon Castle is a beautiful 15th century castle wedding venue in Clarencefield, Dumfries. This historic venue is reportedly haunted by the ghost of Lady Marion Carruthers. On the 25th September 1570 she “did wilfully take her own life by leaping from the lookout tower”.
An apparition of a young lady was often seen in and around the castle, usually crying. Also, no grass would grow on the spot where she fell.
Her death followed a long dispute over the estate. Sir Simon Carruthers, Baron of Mouswald Castle, left the estate to his daughters, Lady Marion and her sister. Two neighbouring families, The Douglas family of Drumlanrig and the Maxwell family of Caerlaverock Castle, hoped to obtain the lands including Mouswald Castle from Lady Marion.
Although Sir James Douglas obtained consent to marry Lady Marion, Lord Maxwell took and occupied Mouswald Castle. The Douglas family then contested his right to occupy the castle.
In 1563 Privy Council settled the case in Sir James’ favour. But Lady Marion then fled to her Uncle, Sir William Murray of Comlongon Castle. She tried to escape the intended marriage by giving her Uncle half of her dowry. Sir James Douglas sued through the courts for his just inheritance and won. Lady Marion then threw herself off the lookout tower of Comlongon Castle.
Some believed Lady Marion’s death was actually murder rather than suicide. They suggested Sir James Douglas’ men throwing her off the tower so he would inherit the Castle and land without having to marry a reluctant bride.
Over the years there have been many reported sightings of Lady Marion. Reports say she haunts the castle, looking for a proper resting place. With suicide suspected at the time she didn’t get a proper Christian burial.
Chillingham Castle, Northumberland
Steeped in local and natural history, Chillingham Castle, and the Elizabeth and Mediaeval State Rooms have housed many historic wedding feasts. Regarded as one of the most haunted wedding venues, and places, in the country, there are many ghostly stories including The Blue Boy, Lady Mary and the White Pantry Ghost.