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Linton Wyrm

Location: Linton - Linton Hill
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This dragon was dispatched by Somerville de Lariston; the brave knight covered his lance with burning pitch, piecing the dragon's armour and cooking it from the inside.

Two Walking Women

Location: Maxton - Triangular field in the area (formally?) known as Bowbrig Syke
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown - pre-twentieth century
Further Comments: For around a hundred years two ghostly women would walk around this field arm in arm, from dusk until dawn before vanishing. When the road nearby was being repaired, two female skeletons were discovered, after which the ghosts never appeared again.

Laird on Horseback

Location: Maxton - Littledean Tower
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Weather Dependent: Stormy nights
Further Comments: Killed by a local witch, this former owner of the tower can be seen riding his mare, lost on the barren land. Another ghost story from the area says a woman returned from the grave to ensure that her hidden treasure was given fairly to the land owner and a kind serving girl.

Fairy Queen

Location: Melrose - Eildon Hills
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The fairy queen kidnapped the Scottish hero Thomas the Rhymer in this area, returning him from the fairy kingdom in the same place seven (or three) years later. Thomas is reported to still live under the hills, preparing for the day his country needs him once more. The latter part of the same tale is also said about King Arthur.


Location: Melrose - George And Abbotsford Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Guests in bedrooms on the top floor have reported hearing footsteps above them, even though there is nothing further up.

Sir Walter Scott

Location: Melrose - Abbotsford House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Scott, the Romantic author, can sometimes be seen as he gazes out of the dining room window onto his former lands beyond. In turn, Scott is said to have claimed that the house was haunted by George Bullock, his former assistant

Evil Monk

Location: Melrose - Melrose Abbey
Type: Vampire
Date / Time: Circa twelfth century?
Further Comments: An evil monk returned from the dead as a vampire, leaving his grave at Melrose Abbey to feed at a local nunnery. When the other monks discovered this, the bravest stayed up one night with a large axe, and when the vampire climbed out of its tomb, it was beheaded. The vampire's evil presence still remains in the abbey. The building is also the final resting place of Michael Scot, a great wizard who discovered the secret of flying, and was locally named as single handedly building Hadrian's Wall.

Patrolling Soldiers

Location: Newstead - General area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: These guards are reportedly Roman, and are heard marching across the land after dark.


Location: Peebles - Castle Venlaw Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s
Further Comments: The sounds of sighing have been reported from one bedroom here - it is thought to be the sound of a guest who leapt from the window in a suicide bid.

Marion Ritchie

Location: Peebles - Cross Keys Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: This ghost could be mistaken for a typical public house poltergeist, though she also likes to talk to guests at the establishment. Room 5 is said to be particularly active.


Location: Peebles - Tibbie Shiel's Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1999
Further Comments: Determined never to let the business that she started fail, the spirit of Isabelle 'Tibbie' Shiel haunts her inn, sometimes startling guests with her sudden appearances.

White Woman

Location: Peebles - Neidpath Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This pale creature flitters around the building, having died of a broken heart.

Giant's Home

Location: Preston - Edin's Fort
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The ruins of this once huge fortress were once home to a giant with three heads, known as Red Ettin. He was killed by a lad who managed to answer the giant's unanswerable riddles.

Human Sacrifice

Location: River Tweed - Waters of the river
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Once a year
Further Comments: It is said that once a year the water monster hiding here demanded a single human sacrifice to prevent it from terrorising the local neighbourhood.

Murdered Women

Location: Selkirk - Newark Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 13 September (reoccurring)
Further Comments: The castle is said to contain the souls of the women and children murdered by brutal soldiers at the site, who are heard once a year.


Location: Selkirk - Private residence, Chapel Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1958 - 1973
Further Comments: A woman living here tolerated a presence which she felt 'observing' her for many years.


Location: Selkirk - Marshland east of the town
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local story says that the swamp has taken at least three lives, and is always on the lookout for more. The dead can be heard talking in hushed tones around the waters.

Dead Man's Shoes

Location: Selkirk - Shoemakers (no longer standing) and unknown churchyard
Type: Other
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A shoemaker in the town once made a pair of shoes for a stranger donned in a black cape. As the mystery man paid, the shoemaker noticed maggots in the purse, and decided to follow him. The figure walked into the local churchyard and vanished into a grave. The shoemaker returned later with some friends and dug the grave up, discovering a rotting corpse wearing a brand new pair of shoes...

Grey Dog

Location: Selkirk - B7009 between town and Langholm
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This phantom dog, slightly larger than a collie and in dire need of a groom, walks silently along this road at dawn and dusk.

Evil Presence

Location: Shankend - Manor house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: The spirits of World War One German PoWs which died while being held here are said to create a presence so repelling it drives all away.

Tall Man in a Blue Bonnet

Location: Southdean - Hobkirk graveyard
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1690s
Further Comments: This male figure with a grim face and a blue bonnet was said to terrify locals with his frequent appearance and sudden vanishing in the church and yard. The reverend Nicol Edgar armed with a Bible and claymore banished the entity.


Location: St Boswells - Dryburgh Abbey Hotel (particularly room 216), and general area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1900s
Further Comments: Dressed in black clothing, this clergyman was seen several times during the early nineteenth century. He was killed after it was discovered that he and the Lady of the Manor were engaged in a questionable relationship, and it is reported that she took her own life after discovering the preacher's death. She now takes the form of a grey lady seen in the hotel. More recently (?), plainchant has been reported from the former abbey.

Jack's Grave

Location: Tweedsmuir - The Giant's Stones
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: These stones mark the final battle between Jack the giant killer and one of his mortal foes - they managed to kill each other in the fight. The body of either Jack or the giant lies under one of the stones.

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