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Lady Arbella Stuart (1575-1615) had quite the royal lineage. A direct descendant of Henry VII, she was the only child of Charles Stuart and Elizabeth Cavendish. Her life was chock full of ups and downs. At one point she was considered to be a successor to Queen Elizabeth I- but years later, while imprisoned in the Tower (for marrying William Seymour without the King’s permission), she refused to eat and eventually died. Well… sort of. Some seem to think she was murdered because her marriage to the nephew of Lady Jane Grey posed a political threat to King James I.

Her (very bitter) ghost now wanders throughout the “Queen’s House” on Tower Green. Residents have experienced physical assaults (pushing and strangling- eek!), heard voices, and claim to see apparitions. Although the Tower Grounds are considered the most haunted location in England, Arbella is definitely the most notable ghost.

Well, it’s no wonder she returned in the after-life. Her husband, that she went to great lengths to marry and later rescue from imprisonment, jilted her and fled the country. He asked King James for a pardon days after her death. William was granted the pardon and returned to England in 1615. He remarried 6 months later.

Her body is buried at Westminster Abbey in the tomb of her Aunt- Mary Queen of Scots, but it seems her spirit didn’t like the arrangement.

You can read the full story here: http://www.hrp.org.uk/TowerOfLondon/stories/palacepeople/arbellastuart