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Haunted Dragsholm Castle in Denmark

Haunted Dragsholm Castle in Denmark
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The Castle Dragsholm in the north-western part of Zealand. The courtyard in which the Earl of Bothwell is said to haunt the castle on his horse at night. The castle is one of the oldest secular buildings in Denmark - originally from the 12th century.
Haunted Dragsholm Castle in Denmark
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The Earl of Bothwell's coffin in the crypt under Faarevejle Church in the north-western part of Zealand, Denmark Faarevejle, Denmark. 22/10/2010
Haunted Dragsholm Castle in Denmark
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The castle wall and the old lamp at the spooky entrance to the Castle Dragsholm in the north-western part of Zealand, Denmark. The area where the Earl of Bothwell is said to haunt the castle on his horse. Faarevejle, Denmark. 22/10/2010
Haunted Dragsholm Castle in Denmark
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The Castle Dragsholm in the north-western part of Zealand. The gate to the courtyard where the Earl is said to haunt the castle and make noise riding his horse on the old cobblestones. Faarevejle, Denmark. 22/10/2010
Haunted Dragsholm Castle in Denmark
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Faarevejle Church in the north-western part of Zealand, Denmark. The burial site of James Hepburn, the Earl of Bothwell. Faarevejle, Denmark. 22/10/2010
Haunted Dragsholm Castle in Denmark
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The nave, aisle, and altar in Faarevejle Church in the north-western part of Zealand, Denmark. The burial site of James Hepburn, the Earl of Bothwell. The crypt is under the right wing of the church (to the left). Faarevejle, Denmark. 22/10/2010
Haunted Dragsholm Castle in Denmark
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Dragsholm Castle in the north-western part of Zealand, Denmark. The majestic castle is now a world famous hotel. James Hepburn, the Earl of Bothwell, was a prisoner in this castle from 1573 until his death in 1578.
  • Haunted Dragsholm Castle in Denmark
  • Haunted Dragsholm Castle in Denmark
  • Haunted Dragsholm Castle in Denmark
  • Haunted Dragsholm Castle in Denmark
  • Haunted Dragsholm Castle in Denmark
  • Haunted Dragsholm Castle in Denmark
  • Haunted Dragsholm Castle in Denmark

James Hepburn, the Earl of Bothwell, is one of three ghosts who are said to haunt the old Dragsholm Castle on Zealand, Denmark. The Earl's earthly remains are entombed in a crypt under the nearby Faarevejle Church. Faarevejle, Denmark. 22/10/2010

The old and majestic Dragsholm Castle in the beautiful north-western part of Zealand is now a world famous hotel. James Hepburn, the 4th Earl of Bothwell - a Scottish nobleman (abt. 1536 to April 14 1578) - ended his life as a prisoner of State in Denmark locked up in this castle from 1573 until his death.

James Hepburn had probably a great deal on his conscience. He is supposed to be the murderer of Lord Darnly, Henry Stuart, the husband of Marie Stuart. He later married her. However, this created so much civil discord that she had to abdicate. James Hepburn, now a fugitive and an outlaw, fled to Denmark. From 1567 he was imprisoned in Denmark in various prisons, but mainly in the Dragsholm Castle. In 1578 he died mentally deranged in the dungeons of the castle and was entombed in a crypt inside the nearby Faarevejle Church. For a number of years he was exhibited in a glass coffin, but in 1976 moved to an oak coffin in a crypt under the right wing of the church. In May 2006 there was a disagreement on the Earl's last resting place as a Scottish descendant wished to bring back the Earl's remains to his country of birth. However, this was not considered a good idea in Denmark as the Earl of Bothwell had become an important part of Danish history and culture.

It is said that this probably most famous ghost in Denmark haunts the castle. The Earl is told to appear and ride in the courtyard on many a night. Several guests and visitors have heard the footsteps of his horse echo from the cobblestones and castle walls, but when they look out, no-one is there. Dragsholm Castle - a few hours drive from Copenhagen - is truly one of the best known haunted castles in Denmark, and consequently an attractive hotel for daring guests who are attracted by such creepy experiences. As a bonus you may also encounter the grey lady or the white lady, who are also said still to reside in this old castle from the 12th century.

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