Dumfries and Galloway - Paranormal Database Records

Now Gone

Location: Marwhirn - Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Nothing is known about the ghost which haunted this bridge, other than it no longer does so.

Hard Working Brownie

Location: Moffat - Bodesbeck Farm
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A helpful brownie would help with the harvest each year, much to the delight to the farmer. However, when he finally decided to reward the entity with milk and bread, the creature left him.


Location: Moniaive - Doctor's private residence
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre 1890
Further Comments: A doctor's housekeeper reported often hearing footsteps in a room upstairs, although the source would never be found. After a while, the doctor fell ill and died, on the spot where the footsteps had been heard most frequently.


Location: New Abbey - Sweetheart Abbey
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: July 2003
Further Comments: Seen climbing the stairs behind a safety railing, a witness reported seeing a long grey skirt without a torso.

Faceless Woman

Location: Newton Stewart - Cairnsmore manor house (8 miles outside the village)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: November 1956
Further Comments: Two builders leaving the empty house for the last time after completing a month contract heard continuous heavy rumbling from the upper floor. Both men ran upstairs, concerned part of the old manse had collapsed. The noise stopped when they reached the first floor, but they glimpsed a woman in a long dark dress who vanished. Not wanting to lock up the house with someone inside, they searched for the woman and found her in the attic; her grey featureless face looking towards the men sent them running.


Location: Newton Stewart - Caldons farmhouse (9 miles north of town)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1941
Further Comments: This farmhouse phantom could be seen as he stood outside the building, pointing a rifle into the building through an open window..

Old Fashioned Man

Location: Newton Stewart - Glebe Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Varies - see text
Further Comments: A number of strange events have occurred on or around the bridge. In 1996, a group of teenagers playing nearby spotted a man wearing old fashioned clothing - when they went to see who it was, he disappeared. A kangaroo-like creature was seen in 1998, while in 2006 wailing was heard from under the bridge.

White Lady

Location: Newton Stewart - Slaughterhouse Woods
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s onwards
Further Comments: The woodland takes its name from a disused slaughterhouse. The white female form seen drifting in the area is thought to be the ghost of a woman involved in a car accident nearby.

Early Poltergeist

Location: Ringcroft - Mackie's Farm (no longer standing)
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1695
Further Comments: An early poltergeist case, with the offending spirit releasing Mackie's herds from his barn and bruising people with stones and sticks. Priests who came to exorcise the entity were driven away, though the spirit finally left on its own accord - after forming a large black cloud that drifted away, normality returned to the household.

Abraham Crichton

Location: Sanquhar - Churchyard and district
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The area was shunned by locals, as Crichton's shade would try to grab anyone who came too near. The ghost was finally exorcised by a preacher armed with Bible and a sword.


Location: Sanquhar - River Nith
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Gourlay was murdered by his lover and her two sons after he witnessed the trio murder a peddler. He was drowned in the waters of the Nith, and it is here that his cries of help are heard.

John Wilson

Location: Sanquhar - Sanquhar Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Wilson was murdered just for being in the wrong place at the wrong time, and his ghost still protests. A blonde-haired lady dressed in white also haunts the castle - she was murdered in the late sixteenth century, though her body not discovered for almost three hundred years.

White Lady

Location: Shinnel (aka Shinnell) Water - Paul's Pool
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre 1890
Further Comments: A white lady was said to haunt this little waterfall along the river, hovering while bathed in moonlight.

Speared Serpent

Location: Solway Firth - General area
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: After finishing off the local fish population, a large serpent came ashore and started snacking on the local population. Survivors set a trap for the creature; a long line of sharpened wooden stakes were placed along the waterline, which the beast impaled itself upon.

Betsy Jane

Location: Solway Firth - Waters of
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 25 December - Betsy Jane appears, and the Rotterdam prior to a maritime disaster
Further Comments: Laden with a golden profit made from selling slaves, God extracted revenge on this morally questionable practice by sinking the ship and killing all the crew on Christmas Day, just prior to the vessel docking. The passenger ship Rotterdam, which sunk in the nineteenth century with the loss of all hands, is still seen, normally as a warning prior to a major disaster at sea. A hearty mix of other spectral vessels has also been reported.

Water Thrower

Location: Stranraer - Caldenoch castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The area near the castle was haunted by a ghost that soaked anyone who came to close - it was exorcised by a local holy man.

Hanged Man

Location: Torrorie - Field once known locally as 'Murder Fall'
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre 1890
Further Comments: This ghost, thought to be that of a hanged man, was recognisable due to the handles resembling those from a large pot which sat on his neck.


Location: Tynron - Fields around Maqueston
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early - mid nineteenth century
Further Comments: A local legend said that a former owner of Maqueston had killed several children and hidden their remains around the area. The wailing of the ghosts was said to have driven away several servants of the new owner.

Young Male Rider

Location: Tynron - Tynron castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The area around the castle is haunted by a decapitated horseman. The ghost is thought to be a man who tried to marry a girl residing at the castle, but her brothers chased him away. During the pursuit, the young man fell from his horse and lost his head.


Location: Tynron - Unnamed house
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre 1890
Further Comments: Residents in this unnamed property would heard wheels on a gravel footpath leading up to their door prior to a death in the family.

Galdus's Grave

Location: Wigtown - Torhouse Stone Circle
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: The final resting place of King Galdus is thought to be under one of these large stones.

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