*Includes pictures *Includes online resources and a bibliography for further reading "In Scotland, beautiful as it is, it was always raining. Even when it wasn't raining, it was about to rain, or had just rained. It's a very angry sky." - Colin Hay Scotland is a fascinating and ancient land filled with history. It has produced explorers, warriors, inventors, writers, and more than a few murderers. For many centuries, it fought bitter wars against England to maintain its independence, and even when those wars were finally lost, Scotland retained its distinct culture and identity. Though a part of the United Kingdom, it would be a mistake to lump it in with England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, as Scotland has its own tales to tell and traditions to maintain. Not everything in Scotland is as it appears, however. Some Scots say this is a land haunted by spirits, a place of strange disappearances and unexplained phenomena. There is no shortage when it comes to the strange stories Scotland has to offer, and the legends and lore have compelled many to dig a little deeper and even explore this wonderful land for themselves. Some of those tales are downright grisly. Scotland has always been a rival to its southern neighbor, and the rivalry extends to the number of hauntings in its medieval castles, stately homes, and old cobblestone streets. While many Englishmen claim that their country is the most haunted, the Scots can point to their own stories of ghosts as evidence they may beat the English in this dubious distinction. The Ghosts of Scotland: A Collection of Ghost Stories across the Scottish Nation is a collection of such tales, just a few among the thousands of local legends and modern sightings that make Scotland one of the most haunted countries in the world. It is part of a collection of other books written by Sean McLachlan, including The Ghosts of England: A Collection of Ghost Stories across the English Nation and The Ghosts of Ireland: A Collection of Ghost Stories across the Emerald Isle. For other strange occurrences in Scotland, ranging from Nessie to jelly falling from the sky, check out another title in the series, Weird Scotland: Monsters, Mysteries, and Magic Across the Scottish Nation. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about the ghosts of Scotland like never before.
Scotland is a haunted nation with hundreds o f ghosts frequenting buildings old and new. The story behind each haunting, sighting and occurrence at over 250 location s is told in fascinating detail. Many tales appear for the f irst time. '
Inheriting the tradition of Hugh Miller, the nineteenth century folklorist and stonemason (whose own haunted life is the subject of the opening chapter), James Robertson has, where possible, researched the original or oldest written source and visited the site of each story to compile the most comprehensive and authoritative collection of the Scottish supernatural. Some of the stories gathered here are deservedly famous, such as those associated with Glamis Castle or the tale of Major Weir, while others ('The Deil of Littledean' and 'The Drummer of Cortachy') are less familiar or even contemporary accounts related to the author personally - but all are equally intriguing and fascinating reflections of the culture and period to which they belong. Neither a wary sceptic nor a fanatical believer, but an advocate of the validity of individual experience of the strange and unexplainable, James Robertson's Scottish Ghost Stories is an imaginative and chilling recasting of an established Scottish ghost-hunting and story-telling tradition - a homage to the particular mystery and character of a land which continues to produce ghosts whether from den to glen, Highlands to Lowlands, Catholic to Protestant.
Gazetteer of Scottish and Irish Ghosts is the first comprehensive collection of ghostly legends and modern reports of ghosts and hauntings through the Highlands, Lowlands and Isles of Scotland and the whole of Ireland. Here are such varied phenomena as the ‘big grey man of Ben MacDhui’ - the haunted mountain vouched for by professors, doctors and mountaineers of considerable standing; or the curious disturbances at the Edinburgh home of Sir Alexander Seton - subsequent to his wife’s removing an ancient bone from an Egyptian tomb. Do you know where a vampire lurks in the shadows of a ruined church? Where giant footsteps cause panic to hardened climbers? Where the red glow of battle shines annually? Where corpses whisper? These and many other strange stories, legends and authentic accounts of ghostly happenings have been catalogued alphabetically for easy reference. In addition to presenting a profusion of fascinating reports from the towns and valleys, lochs and lakes, mountains and rivers, historic castles and houses of these lovely countries, Peter Underwood draws on his twenty-five years of study and practical investigation to describe a rich patchwork of reported happenings that cannot be explained in material or scientific terms. All in all, A Gazetteer of Scottish and Irish Ghosts provides a unique reference book and guide to the ghost population of these lands. The result of many years study, it is a worthy successor to the earlier Gazetteer of British Ghosts by the same author.
The green fields of Britain hide a grim secret. Beneath the buttercups are the bones of untold numbers of soldiers who died for causes now lost in the mists of time. From hotels to houses, castles to council estates, these warriors walk reminding us of our bloody past.
St Andrews is renowned for its ecclesiastical ruins, ancient university and proud distinction as ‘the home of golf’. Some say the town deserves far more recognition for its paranormal activity and links. In 1911, W.T. Linskill penned the original edition of St Andrews Ghost Stories, of which this is the 4th edition printed in 1921. In this edition he recounts 17 spine-tingling, ghostly stories associated with the historic town in Fife, Scotland. Most seem to have a religious connection to the Cathedral ruins with the ghosts of Priors , Monks, Veiled Nuns and screaming skulls. In addition to an introductory poem, titled Ghosts and Phantoms, in this volume you will find the stories of: The Beckoning Monk The Hauntings And Mysteries Of Lausdree Castle A Haunted Manor House And The Duel At St Andrews The Apparition Of The Prior Of Pittenweem A True Tale Of The Phantom Coach The Veiled Nun Of St Leonards The Monk Of St Rule’s Tower Related By Captain Chester The Screaming Skull Of Greyfriars The Spectre Of The Castle The Smothered Piper Of The West Cliffs The Beautiful White Lady Of The Haunted Tower Concerning More Appearances Of The White Lady A Spiritualistic Seance The Apparition Of Sir Rodger De Wanklyn The Bewitched Ermentrude A Very Peculiar House The stories of the “White Lady”, first in her haunted tower, and other sightings around St. Andrews are of particular interest. Does the White Lady still haunt St Andrews; when was the last sighting of her? Well you will simply have to visit St Andrews and find out for yourself. If you do visit, be sure to tale the St Andrews Ghost Tour. We would also like to know if the story of “The Apparition Of Sir Rodger De Wanklyn” was the inspiration for “Nearly Headless Nick”, played by John Cleese, in J K Rowling’s Harry Potter films. Who knows? This maybe a connection that the author wishes to remain a secret. Oh, and while you’re in Scotland, be sure to visit Nether Lochaber. Why you ask? If you do make it to Nether Lochaber, go to the Fairy Hill, for it is said you may hear the music of fairies with your own ears. But you must go on a fine day…… YESTERDAY'S BOOKS FOR TODAY'S CHARITIES 10% of the profit from the sale of this book will be donated to charities ---------------------------- KEYWORDS/TAGS: fairy tales, folklore, myths, legends, children’s stories, children’s stories, bygone era, Linskill, St Andrews Ghost Stories, ghosts, gouls, 17 stories, spine-tingling, hair raising, Beckoning Monk, Haunting, Mystery, Lausdree Castle, Haunted Manor House, Duel At St Andrews, Apparition, Prior Of Pittenweem, Phantom Coach, Veiled Nun, St Leonards, Monk, St Rule’s Tower, Captain Chester, Screaming Skull, Greyfriars, Spectre, Castle, Smothered Piper, West Cliffs, Beautiful White Lady, Haunted Tower, Spiritualistic, Séance, Sir Rodger De Wanklyn, Bewitched Ermentrude, Peculiar House, Harry potter, J K Rowling, Nether Lochaber, Fairy Hill, music, cold,
This collection of ghost stories from Scotland has collected the very best tales to scare and to chill. With stories by authors like, Sir Walter Scott, Robert Kirk, Arthur Conan Doyle, Algernon Blackwood and John Keir Smith.
First published in 1911, ‘Scottish Ghost Stories’ are accounts of hauntings by Elliott O'Donnell, an author known primarily for his books about ghosts. He claimed to have seen a ghost, described as an elemental figure covered with spots when he was five years old. He also claimed to have been strangled by a mysterious phantom in Dublin. From castles to country houses to the battlegrounds of a bygone era, Scotland boasts an impressive host of haunted locales. This impressive collection of bone-chilling ghost stories is certain to send shivers down your spine. Travel from Edinburgh to Aberdeen to Glasgow and all points in between with nearly twenty tingling tales of ghostly encounters from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.