Haunted by the doomed spirit of Sir Francis Drake

Buckland Abbey, Devon, is said to be haunted by Sir Francis Drake

Sir Francis Drake lived in glory as a national hero. But his spirit is not a happy one and his ghost is said to haunt his Devon home.

The house built on the site of the former abbey was sold to Sir Francis Drake in 1580.

He made Buckland his home after returning to England after his three-year circumnavigation of the globe on The Golden Hind.

A pact with the devil

But while Sir Francis was regarded as a national hero, many locals feared him and believed he had supernatural powers. Some said that he had only defeated the Spanish Armada because he had made a pact with the Devil.

His ghost is believed to ride across Dartmoor in a black coach driven by headless horses, led by 12 chattering goblins and pursued by a pack of baying dogs. Any living dog that hears the spectral barking is said to die instantly.

The real Hound of the Baskervilles?

It’s possible this story inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to write The Hound of the Baskervilles as he is known to have visited the area and is very likely to have heard of the ghost.