Lothian - Paranormal Database Records

Yellow Lights

Location: Paxton - Skies above village
Type: UFO
Date / Time: 12 March 2007
Further Comments: A driver stopped his car to watch five large yellow lights hanging in the sky above the village. The balls disappeared after thirty seconds.

Messy Bed

Location: Pencaitland - Penkaet (or Pencaet, or Pencait) Castle, also known as Fountainhall House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1950s
Further Comments: The ghost of Charles I is blamed for disrupting the bedding in the room that contains his death mask. John Cockburn, who committed murder here, can be heard dragging the body along various parts of the building. Finally, the castle is also haunted by a beggar, falsely accused of using witchcraft against another former owner.

Young Horseman

Location: Penicuik - General area
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Often heard and sometimes even seen, the horseman is thought to have been a young lad who stole a horse from his master to speed up the journey to meet his secret lover. In his haste, he galloped past the scene of an accident involving a cart - he could have saved the life of the driver, trapped underneath, but lust took priority and the rider left the site without offering assistance. The victim of the accident later died, but managed first to curse the lad who rode on by; hence, the boy's ghost now roams.


Location: Penicuik - Gladhouse reservoir
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local legend says that this area is haunted by a loving couple who were murdered in the dim and distant past.

Morag Mackintosh

Location: Pentland Hills - House near Lover's Loup
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: In the nineteenth century Morag Mackintosh is said to have taken her life in the area now known as Lover's Loup after her father expressed disappointment in Morag falling in love with a Napoleonic prisoner of war. Her phantom is said to haunt her former home.

Missing Stone

Location: Ratho - General area
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A witches stone once stood in a farmer's field, but was removed - it was believed this brought evil spirits into the village.

White Lady

Location: Roslin - Area around Rosslyn (or Roslin) Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The white lady is one of three phantoms to haunt this area, the other two being a phantom horseman and a ghostly black dog.

Pet Dog

Location: Roslin - Roslin Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The pet dog of an English officer killed during a battle at the site can be heard crying out for its master.

Stone Worker

Location: Roslin - Rosslyn Chapel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Stone worker unknown, fairy in 2006
Further Comments: This stone worker was so skilful that his master killed him in a jealous rage. Now the spirit of the worker looks longingly at his own handiwork, the Apprentice Pillar. More recently actors rehearsing at the chapel reported seeing a fairy-like figure in the grounds. As a side note, at least one contemporary author believes that the Ark of the Covenant could rest here, while others believe the holy grounds are the hiding place of the Holy Grail. Sometimes the chapel is reported to glow, as if on fire.

Lost Child

Location: Stenton - Whittingehame Castle (ruins of)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The area surrounding the castle was once thought haunted by a young child. The ghost is said to have vanished when one of the locals gave it the name of 'Short-Hoggers'!

Former Keeper

Location: The Bass Rock (island) - Lighthouse
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Unmanned since 1988, the lighthouse is said to be home to a phantom former lighthouse keeper who checks the light is burning.

Grey Man

Location: West Saltoun - Woods south of village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A wizard executed in Edinburgh confessed to talking to the ghost which haunted these woods, which manifested as a man dressed in a grey gown.


Location: Whitburn - Polkemmet Country Park
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 25 August 2009
Further Comments: Keith McDowell reported seeing a Alsatian sized creature, silver in colour with a black streak running along its back, with a bushy tail. The animal was circling calves in a field, before running off into the nearby country park.

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