There is a rumor that the character “Tom Fool” from William Shakespeare’s play King Lear is based on a real fool named Thomas Skelton, who had a sadistic sense of humor. The saying “Tom Foolery” allegedly comes from Skelton’s knack to send travelers he didn’t like to their deaths in the quicksands of the River Esk.
Thomas Skelton was the last court jester of Muncaster Castle. Though he isn’t the only spirit to haunt the castle, much of the paranormal activity at Muncaster Castle is attributed to him because of his nefarious sense of humor in life. One story in particular is sinister enough to cause shivers to run down your spine.