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Aberdeenshire Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Human Sacrifice

Location: River Don - Waters of the river
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Once a year
Further Comments: Once a year, the water monster lurking beneath the river demanded two human sacrifices to prevent it from attacking the local neighbourhood.

Drowned Girl

Location: Stonehaven - Muchalls Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This woman fell into the sea while helping her smuggler boyfriend, dying as her body was tossed around by high waves on the rocks. Her ghost is found in the nearby castle which is connected to the water by a secret passage.

Bluish Creature

Location: Stonehaven - Sea
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: October 1898
Further Comments: A skipper of a fishing boat reported seeing a creature which resembled an upturned boat with fins and a small hump. The visible part of the body was some 68 foot (21 metres) long, although the tail was not visible, and while resembling a whale, the skipper said the head was much flatter than a whale.

Tall Man

Location: Strathdon - Luib Bridge, Corgaff (prior to bridge being rebuilt)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Prior to 1830
Further Comments: A man riding home to his sick wife was stopped when he reached a collapsed bridge. A tall figure appeared and offered to carry the man across the river. Desperate to reach home, the man agreed, although halfway across the river the tall figure transformed into a kelpie and tried to drown his passenger. The man managed to fight the kelpie off and made it to the opposite bank, narrowly avoiding a boulder thrown by the angered kelpie.


Location: Strichen - Deep pool near Braco Farm (likely to no longer exist)
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Faced with crossing a flooded stream by foot, one man spotted a black horse nearby and mounted it. Unfortunately, the horse was a kelpie, and dived into the deepest part of the stream, drowning the man. On another occasion, the kelpie took the form of an old man, only revealing its true form when bashed on the head (not a recommended procedure to determine whether someone is really a kelpie).


Location: Tariff - Private flat in Carpenters Croft
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1984
Further Comments: The owner and three friends who were staying overnight heard footsteps walking along the landing followed by hammering in the spare room - nothing was found upon investigation. A short time later, one of the guests reported feeling someone sit at the base of her bed, though when she looked nothing could be seen.

Hooded Figure

Location: Tarland - Tomnaverie stone circle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: July 1992
Further Comments: Two people sleeping in a car at a field adjacent to the circle both woke suddenly as a cloaked and hooded figure passed by their window. The dark entity quickly vanished, and although the witnesses looked around, nothing more could be found.


Location: Towie, Alford - Dabrossach - road in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown, but pre twentieth century
Further Comments: A farmer returning home watched a small child cross the road ahead of him. As he spoke the words 'poor thing', the child vanished. The farmer was convinced that someone (or something) had tried to cause him harm.


Location: Westhill - Brimmond Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 12 February 1643
Further Comments: A great army appeared here in the morning mist, one witness watching it until both mist and men vanished in the sunlight.

Old Lady in Black

Location: Whitehills - Red Well Road
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1 January 1990
Further Comments: A sixteen year old boy was terrified by the ghost of an old woman who walked straight through him. As he ran back home, the spirit kept pace with him, and passed through him a second time. Soon after reaching home and going to bed, the teenager woke up choking, only to see a black cloud drift out of his bedroom window.

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