Arbella's old haunts
The Queen's House, Tower of London
Arbella Stuart's ghost is thought by some to be resident in The Queen's House on Tower Green at the Tower of London.
The Governor of the Tower from 1994 to 2006 who lived in The Queen's House tells of some strange occurences at night.
Strange ... but true?
Is there any evidence to support the stories?
Arabella's story of woe
Records show that Arbella Stuart married William Seymour (Lady Jane Grey’s nephew) in 1610, without King James I’s permission.
This marriage of heirs to the throne was regarded as a threat; Arbella was put under house arrest in Lambeth, while William was sent to the Tower.
Arbella, spirited and rebellious, escaped, and disguised as a man plotted to get William released too so that they could travel to France. William was smuggled out of the Tower, but unfortunately missed their rendevous.
Poor Arbella had to set sail alone, but she was recognised and sent back, this time to the Tower. William made it to France, and freedom, but he never saw Arbella again.
She died at the Tower in what is now The Queen’s House, in 1615.