The Legend of the Ghost: page 15 of Beeches, Boreholes and Badgers

Ghosts of Old Lakeland – just 20 miles away from Drigg and Sellafield as the crow flies…..

Wastwater Chronicles

Page 15

June 14th 1996

Unbelievable response to a letter I put in the paper asking people if they would like to help ‘Save the Rusland Beeches’.  Ive sent off 38 petition forms.  One of the people signed up to help is Len McCullen, a local historian who has researched the ghosts we used to scare ourselves with. ‘The legend of the Ghost’ was published as a poem in the 1880s.  Written by Mary Gregson – the Vicar of Rusland’s daughter – the poem tells the story recorded in the Parish Records of Novembr 1787 “Margaret Taylor of Ealin Hearth Cottage drowned herself in Rusland Pool”

“And now folks say in

the evening gloaming

When the carrier’s carts

pass Ealinghearth Hill,

A white form flits with a

soft, sad moaning….”

Ealinghearth Cottage – unhappy home of the ‘maid of Ealinghearth in Mary Gregson’s poem.

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