The back door of Ardgillan, which looks out on to a terrace lined with yew trees, is connected to the front door through a series of passageways. Down one of these passageways is a glass door which leads to the cellars.
Some months later, the gardener’s two sons were working on the terrace when they heard footsteps coming down a flight of stairs in the house. The footsteps approached the terrace door, then stopped. Suspecting an intruder, the two men looked in a window but saw no one. They then checked all the doors, and found them securely locked.
When they told their father the story, he laughed, but later told them his own story.
Some time later, the gardener mentioned the apparition to Mrs.Taylor, who revealed that she had been visited by another spirit, her son, who appeared and talked with her four nights after his death.
No other sightings of the son have been reported, but it is said that the White Lady can be seen on the Lady’s Stairs, which leads from Ardgillan to Barnageeragh strand, over the Balbriggan Road.