William's son Owen toured Egypt and Syria as an antiquarian and in 1855 brought back several artefacts to Seafield. Shortly afterwards the house came under the unwelcome attention of a violent poltergeist who would spend the night hours smashing any breakables throughout the house. These events resulted in the demise of Seafield House as the family couldn't convince the domestic staff to return to work there. The house was sold in 1938 and cleared of all its contents and left to go to ruin.
In summer 2007 Lisheen house was parachuted to worldwide fame with it featured on the American paranormal reality television series call Ghost Hunters which investigates places that are said to be haunted. The show tells the story of Owen Phibbs alleged grave robbing in the Middle East and suggests that unearthly sounds can be still be heard from the basement at Lisheen.
After taking this photograph I uploaded it to my laptop and noticed what looks to be a very strange and eerie figure lurking in the top left window of the main house....
(also see photograph View from Lisheen House)