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Serial killers Burke and Hare used these Edinburgh vaults to stash bodies in the 18th century. Those who are brave enough to go down today have witnessed bulbs smashing for no reason and have seen a ‘shadow man’ in a mirror inside one of the rooms.
Mary King's Close
Annie is the ghost that lives within the close, it is said that she tugs on your hand when down there. She died of the plague at a very young age, and now it is a tradition that if you enter Annie's room you must bring a toy for her to play with.
A more sinister ghost calls Fyvie Castle home, The Green Lady. Formerly the wife of Alexander Seton, Dame Lilias Drummond had given Seton 5 daughters but he wanted a male heir. He started to wander to other women and locked Drummond in the tower where she inevitably starved to death. When Seton had chosen a new bride, on their wedding night they discovered “D. Lilias Drummond” carved on the wall, it can still be seen today. It is thought whenever the Green Lady is seen, a tragedy happens in the family.
The Forest of Ruthiemurchus
It is believed that the Chief of Clan Shaw challenges those who wander far into the forest and if you show courage and accept, you’ll live to see another day but if you are cowardly and run, you will never be seen again.
It was here in 1746 that the Scottish Army were slaughtered by Prince William, Duke of Cumberland. It is said that even today you can hear the clashing of swords and that the dead walk by their graves.
Home to one
of Edinburgh’s most famous stories in Greyfriar’s Bobby, but also home to
something a lot darker and a lot more sinister.
Namely, the Mackenzie Poltergeist, who was responsible for many killings
back in the 17th century, Mackenzie was awoken in 1998 as a homeless
man was looking for shelter, broke into the Black
Mausoleum and opened one of the coffins.
Since then there has been 500 recorded incidents of biting, pushing,
kicking, burning and nausea sensations in the kirkyard.