Wilton Castle

Bree, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford

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About Wilton Castle

Wilton Castle is located at Bree in Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford.

Although occupied by the Alcock family from 1695 until it was destroyed by fire, on the night of March 5th, 1923, Wilton Castle was mercifully empty on the night that Civil War insurgents arrived with cans of petrol. The caretaker tried to dissuade the men but only managed to save some of the furniture.

Various ghostly happenings are attributed to the place. Locals maintain that on the anniversary of the death of Col Harry Alcock a ghostly carriage travels along the driveway. Crowds once gathered in anticipation, and a local shoemaker was adamant that he once spoke with the ghost. Mysterious lights are said sometimes to be visible in the ruins of the castle tower, where an aged actor was killed in a fire.

Perhaps the oddest legend of all concerns Archibald Jacob, a neighbouring magistrate and captain of the local militia company during the 1798 rebellion. Jacob was responsible for the flogging and torture of many parishioners. He fell from his horse and was killed while returning home from a ball at the castle, and his ghost was said to haunt both the scene of his death and the castle until a Catholic priest was summoned for an exorcism. When the priest made the sign of the cross Jacob's ghost reportedly materialised in the fireplace before disappearing in a puff of smoke. Now, decades later, only fire-scarred ruins remain, although the castle is being restored.

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