Warning: contains topics that may cause an uneasy feeling. Advised to not read at night or rather with someone when easily feeling unsettled.
Scotland has many buildings that behold ghost stories, or well, paranormal ones. I’ve always been interested in such stories, including abandoned buildings. Sure, the question will always be the same: are such stories true? Multiple buildings have been visited by paranormal scientists, and they said it was true. In several parts, I’ll be telling all paranormal stories and the history of Scotland’s buildings! Today: the sixth part!
- Ackergill Tower
The story goes that Helen Gunn jumped from the battlements to her death to escape her captor Dugald/John Keith, who had kidnapped her for her beauty (the two families quarreled) the night before her wedding and kept her in the tower. Until now, the secret was locked up in the walls of the castle. Supposedly her ghost is still seen, wearing a long red rustling ball gown and a tall head of black hair.
2. Dalzell House
It’s said that this house is haunted by three ghosts: a green lady, a white lady and a gray lady. The green lady chases the south wing: a young boy chatted that he saw her walk out of a hallway; guards when the house was empty heard noises and saw her for a moment; and guard dogs bark into the empty room where she walks. The white lady walks around the estate and there are a number of rumours about her. One story said she was a girl who jumped from the battlements on the property, and another said she was walled in. The Gray Lady is said to be a World War I nurse when the house was used as a hospital for wounded soldiers.
3. Edinburgh Playhouse
It’s said to be haunted by a ghost named Albert, a man in a gray coat who appears on level six, accompanied by a chill in the air. It’s variously said that he was either a stagehand who died in an accident or a night watchman who committed suicide. Albert’s ghostly existence first came to light in the 1950s when the police were called up for a reported burglary. The young officer sent to investigate found the podium door open and went inside to check and secure the building. At Level Six he met an old man who introduced himself as Albert, the stage goalkeeper. After a fruitless search, the officer said goodbye and returned to the Gayfield Square Police Station. The old man assured him that he would lock up the property. The next day, the policeman called The Playhouse to make sure there were no more problems. He explained to a younger man he had been called and talked to Albert at the door of the platform the night before. The ashen man from the stage door explained to him that Albert had died a while ago and that the theater had been empty all night.
4. Castle Fraser’s
The most famous ghost is a princess who resides in the castle who was murdered while sleeping in the Green Room. Legend has it that her body was dragged down the stone steps, leaving a bloody trail. A stain that could not be removed even with repeated scrubbing. As a last resort, the steps were covered with the wood paneling as we see it today. Over the years, many residents have reported seeing her ghost throughout the castle. Visitors and staff have heard apparent piano music, voices and whispers have been heard in the empty hall. Witnesses have seen the ghost of Lady Blanche Drummond who died in 1874. She appears in a long black dress and her ghost has been seen in the castle grounds and on the stairs. The kitchen staff reported hearing the sound of laughing and children singing, but found that there were no children in this castle.
5. Fyvie Castle
A story is told that in 1920 during renovation work, a woman with a skeleton was discovered behind a bedroom wall. On the day her remains were buried in the Fyvie Cemetery, the castle residents began to be plagued by strange noises and inexplicable events. Fearful that he had offended the deceased woman, the Laird of this castle had the skeleton excavated and replaced behind the bedroom wall, at which point the haunting stopped. It’s said that there’s a secret room in the southwest corner that must remain sealed so that no one entering is faced with disaster. It’s not clear whether this is the same room in which the woman’s skeleton was found. There’s also an indelible bloody stain, two apparitions and two curses associated with this place. One of the curses has been attributed to the prophetic laird, Thomas the Rhymer.
Which story had you heard before? And which one seems the most ‘creepy’ to you?
Love, Deem/Skye Lewis ❤