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Inverclyde Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Ghostly monk in the snow.


Location: Duchal - Duchal Castle (no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Longing to rejoin the order from which he was kicked out from, this monk is still seen drifting in the area, and is believed to be evil.

Lady Montgomery

Location: Gourock - Castle Levan
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This woman was killed by her husband after he discovered the heinous ways in which she treated the local peasants.

Small Girl

Location: Gourock - Gamble Halls
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 2011
Further Comments: A phantom young person is said be heard running around the building when it should be empty. A photograph is said to exist of the phantom.

Rotting Carcass

Location: Gourock - River Clyde
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Summer 1942
Further Comments: The decaying body of a strange creature, with neck as long as the body, was discovered by two local council workers. They estimated the length to be around twenty-eight feet (just under nine metres). The men were ordered to destroy the corpse by the Royal Navy, who were using the area at the time. Another serpent sighting in the area occurred in 1913; this time the creature was alive and well and swimming in the river.

Weather Controller

Location: Gourock - The Kempock Stone (aka Granny Kempock)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: It was once thought that the stone could control the weather; prior to fishing journeys, the fishermen would leave gifts at the base of the rock or walk seven times around it whilst chanting. In 1662 a 'witch' claimed she had managed to raise storms by abusing the power of the stone.

Black Leopard

Location: Greenock - Fairrie Street
Type: ABC
Date / Time: January 2006
Further Comments: A Greenock couple were surprised to find a large black cat in their front garden which quickly ran away. It is believed that there is at least one adult ABC and two cubs living in the area.

An old postcard of Greenock in Scotland.

Green Light

Location: Greenock - Skies over area
Type: UFO
Date / Time: 01 May 2008
Further Comments: This witness spotted a solid green glowing ufo with an orange trail as it crossed the sky heading east. The object generated no sound.

Old Fashioned Mann

Location: Greenock - Town Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: May 2007, around 13:00h
Further Comments: Working in the hall one afternoon, two people spotted a man dressed in clothing from around the 1800s enter the kitchen. They followed the figure, but he had vanished - all possible exits were secure. The witnesses checked CCTV footage, but they could only see themselves on the camera. The building is also said to be home to a small boy who fell to his death in the nineteenth century and can now be observed sitting to the left of the top balcony facing away from the stage.


Location: Greenock - Unidentified council home
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1990
Further Comments: A family moved from their council home after coming under attack from a poltergeist - steam would quickly appear and disappear, scratching could be heard, and one child in the house reported seeing shadowy figures.

Deer Hunter

Location: Inverkip - Hills in the area
Type: ABC
Date / Time: February 2006
Further Comments: A local hill walker discovered a baby deer which had been torn apart. The man speculated it was killed by a large cat, as the damage done to the dead creature far surpassed anything he had encountered before.

Victorian in Black

Location: Kilmacolm - Bend in the road entering the town
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This Victorian woman dressed in a sweeping black dress haunts the road into the village, and drifts three foot above the ground.

Shawled Woman

Location: Port Glasgow - Private residence near Bogston station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: September 2000
Further Comments: A visitor to this home briefly encountered a woman dressed in traditional Scottish fishwife attire standing over their newborn child. When the woman realised she had been spotted, she held out her hands before vanishing. When asked, the owner of the property said that they had seen and heard things on the site, and felt the presence looked after them.

Elderly Lady

Location: Port Glasgow - Town Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twenty-first century
Further Comments: While two men stocked the bar ready for a Christmas party, one of the pair met an elderly lady on the middle landing who informed him that she had 'finished for the night'. A short while later, the man told his colleague about the meeting, who insisted that they were the only people in the building. It was reported that others have also met the woman, who is always happy to talk.

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