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The Legend of Loftus Hall, Ireland's Most Haunted Mansion

Loftus Hall dates back to the 1870's, but with the land dating back even further to the 12th century. Its history is full of battles, royalty, and even the devil himself. The 22-bedroom haunted mansion is also for sale for $2.87 million.

Loftus Hall in Co. Wexford, Ireland

Loftus Hall in Co. Wexford, Ireland

The Beginning of Loftus Hall

The story of Loftus Hall begins when Raymond Fitzgerald, a Norman knight, built the Houseland Castle on the Hook Peninsula in County Wexford in 1170. He was a part of a group on Norman knights that enforced Norman rule in Ireland. He changed his surname to Redmond. After a few years, the castle ran into disrepair and during the Black Death in 1350, the Redmond family rebuilt it into Redmond Hall.

Redmond Hall stayed in the family until the 1650's. This was when the Irish Confederacy Wars led to the Hall being attacked and seized in the Cromwellian confiscations. It was not until the death of Alexander Redmond that the Redmond family was forced to be evicted from their home. The house was then sold Henry Loftus in an auction, and in 1666 the Loftus family made it their residential home.

Statue of Queen Victoria

Statue of Queen Victoria

The Visit that Never Came

Decades and centuries after the initial buy of Loftus Hall, the mansion went through grand renovations. Since the buying of the Hall, the Loftus family grew in status and wanted Queen Victoria to visit their home. They almost got their wish when Lady Jane Loftus, the Marchioness of Ely became Lady of the Bedchamber to the Queen in 1851. After this, her son, John Wellington Graham Loftus the 4th Marquees of Ely, began renovating the home from 1872 to 1889.

There was no expense spared for the renovation. The hall became a 3-story mansion featuring mosaic floors, a balustraded parapet, and a grand staircase. The mansion was made for royalty, but the Queen never came. Along with the disappointment, a great amount of debt came to the family. After his and later his mother's death in 1890, the home was put for sale.

The Legend of Loftus Hall

The legend of Loftus Hall begins when a dark mysterious stranger knocked on the door of Loftus Hall on a stormy night. He was seeking shelter and the Tottenham family, who were living at the home at the time, invited him in. Lady Anne Tottenham, the daughter of Anne Loftus, became infatuated with the stranger and soon fell for him. Then, one night while playing cards, Anne dropped a card. She bent down under the table to pick the card up when she saw the stranger had cloves instead of feet. She shot up in a cry upon realizing this stranger was the Devil himself. He turned into a ball of fire and shot through the roof. This left a hole in the roof that is said to have never been able to properly repair and you can still see the spot in the roof today. It is believed that the devil returned to the spot, spreading poltergeist activity and tormenting poor Anne.

Sadly, Anne never recovered and madness consumed her. In shame and fear, her family hid her in the tapestry room. She died there in 1775, still at a fairly young age. However, her spirit did not leave as family and servants reported seeing her walking through the home at night. The family had a local priest perform an exorcism on the Hall, but was unable to perform a successful one in the tapestry room.

Since then, people have reported a feeling of unease in the atmosphere and changes in temperature in certain areas of the Hall. One person even snapped a photo that depicted two ghostly figures at Loftus Hall. Could it have been the ghost of Anne Tottenham?

While the death of Anne is said to be due to the madness of seeing the Devil, there are some who believe her death was disguised for other reasons. Some believe the stranger fell for Anne and asked her father, Charles Tottenham, but was denied and turned away from the house. This led Anne to be heartbroken and become mentally ill and embarrass the family. Another theory has some evidence to it. Small infant remains were found between the walls of the room Anne died in. Could she have been pregnant out of wedlock and forced to hiding by her family? Could she have died during the child's birth?

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Loftus Hall: 1900's to Today

After years of no longer being the hold of the Loftus family, in 1917 the Benedictine Order of Nuns took over the Hall for 18 years. It was then taken over by the Sisters of Providence as a school for the girls who wished to join the order. However, many people were terrified to attend Mass due to the legend of the home being visited by the Devil.

Then in the early 80's, Michael Deveraux bought the Hall and rebranded and reopened as the Loftus Hall Hotel. Bad luck followed as in early 1990s the hotel was closed following the death of Michael and the abandonment of care of the estate by his wife. Until 2011 the home was privately owned by the Deveraux family, but was left vacant. There are stories of the home being occupied by people performing satanic rituals.

It was not until 2011 when the property was purchased by Quigley family. They conducted a great amount of reconstruction and opened Loftus Hall to the public, including 45-minute tours. The Quigley family has put Loftus Hall for sale for the price of $2.8 million dollars. However, even if you match the price, the Quigley family plans to make sure it goes to a proper owner through their own vetting process.

It's available still! Would you want to purchase the beautiful yet haunting mansion? Comment below!

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Gillan, J. (2020, July 21). Loftus Hall: Most haunted house in Ireland has not revealed all its dark secrets. Retrieved February 24, 2021, from https://www.ancient-origins.net/unexplained-phenomena/loftus-hall-most-haunted-house-ireland-has-not-revealed-all-its-dark-secrets-021750

Grey, O. (2019, October 10). Loftus Hall: Is this EERIE mansion the most haunted house in Ireland? Retrieved February 24, 2021, from https://the-line-up.com/loftus-hall

Comments

MG Singh emge from Singapore on February 24, 2021:

This was a fascinating deal and enjoyed reading it. There are many haunted mansions in India also.

Ann Carr from SW England on February 24, 2021:

I don't know about Glamis Castle being haunted but it's in Scotland. I guess many castles have stories of ghosts and ghouls!

Ann

Ravi Rajan from Mumbai on February 24, 2021:

Very haunting story. I had heard about Glamis castle to be known as Ireland's most haunted castle but this one looks equally in the same range. Thanks for sharing this really fascinating story.

Ann Carr from SW England on February 24, 2021:

What an intriguing story! The house looks quite sad, abandoned in the middle of nowhere. I don't think I'd want to buy it, as it certainly seems jinxed and doesn't look inviting. What a shame. The scenery is stunning. It would be interesting to find out if it is ever sold.

You've put a lot of research into this.

I found this hub in the feed, and now I'm off to look at your page.

Ann

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