The Pink Lady of Bamburgh

04 Pink smI recently had to illustrate a ghostly tale for a magazine.


The tale of the Pink Lady of Bamburgh Castle, in Northumberland.

The story goes that long ago this ghost was a Northumbrian princess.

She fell in love with a boy, whom her father disapproved of; so sent him overseas for seven years. Forbidding the two to keep in touch in any way.

The girl became more and more downhearted at this separation and in a final attempt to resolve the issue, her father told her that his spies had discovered that the boy had married someone else whilst stationed abroad and that, to cheer her up after this news, the castle seamstress would fashion a dress in the girl’s favourite colour; pink.

The girl dressed in her new garment, climbed to the highest part of the castle’s battlements and flung herself down onto the rocks below.

A little while later the boy returned from his station abroad. Unmarried, of course.

Every seven years the process, in her beautiful pink gown is supposed to wander the oldest parts of the castle, before gliding down the rocky path to the beach, where she mournfully gazes out to sea. Awaiting the return of her lost love.

2 Comments on “The Pink Lady of Bamburgh”

  1. missyjean says:

    Ahh, the wandering dress.When I read that part, I imagined a little dressing floating around in my head.

    Lovely illustration, and it reminds me a little of a pop song by the Mexican band Mana, who sang of a woman who is waiting for her sailor to come home on the shores of San Blas. She grows old waiting. I love tales like this.


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