ABSTRACT

Mary Veal died following a sudden t at twelve noon on Friday, 7 September 1705 – one day before Margaret Bargrave had conversed with her friend in her Canterbury home, and seen her with her own eyes. Little had Margaret suspected that the familiar face that sat opposite her in the comfortable chair had not been the person of Mary Veal, but her ghost instead. e details given above are snippets from the most famous ghost story of eighteenth-century England, and they have been pieced together from the surviving reports of Mary Veal’s ghost that circulated in the rst half of the century. ey range from private correspondence to newspaper articles and commercialized versions of the story. is chapter is based on this rich diversity of sources, the characters involved in them and the people attracted by them.