by Patrick Bernauw on 24/12/08 at 9:10 am
A spooky tour of the Haunted Castles of Scotland.
The most famous haunted castle of Spooky Scotland is propably Glamis Castle. Since 1372, the castle has been the family home of the Earls of Strathmore. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother was the youngest daughter of the 14th Earl, and princess Margaret was born there (1930). The castle has a gruesome history: in the 11the century, king Malcolm III was murdered here… and so was king Duncan in Shakespeare’s cursed play Macbeth. In the 16th century, the widow of a Lord of Glamis, lady Janet Douglas, was burned at the stake as a witch, because she attempted to kill King James V. Count Beardie is playing cards with Satan in a locked room, where once some unknown but terrible secret was hidden. This could have something to do with the monstrous creature that was born around 1816 in Glamis and lived there for more than a hundred years… The Creature is also still haunting Glamis, but don’t let him spoil your meal in the Victorian Kitchen Restaurant, that recently received a Silver Award from Eat Scotland!
Mylady Greensleeves of Huntingtower Castle
Huntingtower Castle, near Perth, was owned by the Earls of Gowrie. In 1582, the Earl got involved in a plot to kidnap King James VI and was executed. The castle was forfeit to the Crown, together with the ghost of the Green Lady Dorothea Ruthven. She was also known as Mylady Greensleeves, because of the well known and centuries old love song Greensleeves, that ends with this line: “Come once again and love me…” – If you are ill, the ghost of Mylady Greensleeves will cure you. And if love hurts real bad, she will comfort you.
A Living Legend: The Black Colonel of Braemar Castle
In 1689, John Grahame of Claverhouse attempted to re-establish the Stuart monarchy against that of the Dutch King William. The coup wasn’t very successful and resulted in the occupation of Braemar Castle by government troops. But John Farquharson of Inverey, also known as the Black Colonel, managed to escape, returned to the castle, attacked the garrison and burned down the building. Now, old heroes never die… and the Black Colonel sure became a true living legend, since he was reported somewhere in the 1970’s to watch tv together with the owner of the castle. Braemar Castle is also haunted by a pretty blond haired girl, a young bride who committed suicide when her husband abandoned her.