Fife - Paranormal Database Records

Black Creature

Location: Firth of Forth - Waters of
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1873 / 1939
Further Comments: The earlier sighting here lasted around fifteen minutes, and the serpentine creature was seen by over one hundred people. The twentieth century sighting was of a totally different creature, this time brown in colour and possessing a horses head with large eyes.

Hanging Jock

Location: Fordell - Area around the village mill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Jock's master killed a couple of soldiers and fled to avoid the consequences, leaving the poor assistant to pay the ultimate price for the crime. Now Jock is sometimes seen swinging from the trees by his neck, eyes milky and bulging.

Sea Folk

Location: Inchkeith - General area
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The area around the island was said to be home to many mermaids and kelpies.


Location: Kelty - Blairadam Forest
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2007
Further Comments: A man who snapped several photographs of his family in the woods claimed to have captured the image of a phantom miner wearing a flat cap.

White Lady

Location: Kemback - Bridge and surrounding area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A female member of the Schivas family was hanged from the bridge after she refused to betray her husband. Her shade was said to haunt the area of her death.

White Lady

Location: Kilmany - Area known as Ghouls' Den, near Kilmany Cottage
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This phantom woman is just one of the ghosts which are said to lurk in the ravine.


Location: Kinghorn - Memorial to Alexander, along road to Burntisland
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Dressed in green, the wife of Alexander III appears in the area trying to find her missing husband.

Future Events

Location: Kirkcaldy - Bell Craig (or crag?) (no longer present)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Weather dependent: stormy nights (piper), cave activity unknown
Further Comments: The crag was said to be haunted by a phantom bagpiper, who would be heard when weather conditions were right. In addition, a cave, since destroyed by mining, was believed to be perfectly located between heaven and hell, and as such, visitors within could see the future.


Location: Kirkcaldy - Kinswood Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nineteenth century?
Further Comments: When a private house, this building was haunted by a white woman in a beautiful flowing dress. There was also reports of a phantom goose, which would peck at the young girl who lived there.

Dead Norrie

Location: Largo - Largo Law, Norrie's Cairn
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A ghost once appeared in the area and demanded that no cockerel should be allowed to crow nor should a horn be blown, and in return for peace and quiet, the phantom told the local shepherds the location of a hidden gold mine (it was said that the hill was so rich in gold, if any sheep lay on it, they shall turn yellow). One man by the name of Norrie unfortunately forgot the instructions and blew his horn - the ghost appeared and poor Norrie dropped dead on the spot. Norrie's body proved impossible to move, so his friends constructed the cairn over him. Another legend says that the cairn was constructed by imps working for Michael Scott.

Silver Knight

Location: Leng - Exact location unknown
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: This armoured figure haunted the area for years - when the land was examined, several aging pieces of chain mail were discovered.

Sir Andrew Bruce

Location: Leuchars - Earlshall Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A veteran of the Battle of Flodden, Bruce was renowned for his ruthlessness in hunting down Covenanters, and it may be because of this attitude that he now remains earthbound at the castle. The other shade here is named as a servant woman.


Location: Logie (near Craigsanquhar) - Airdir Farm
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This ghost is said to be a witch, who evaded capture by transforming herself into a hare.

Petrified Witch

Location: Lomond Hills - Carlin Maggie
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: This large column of rock is reportedly Maggie the Witch, who failed the Devil on so many occasions he finally hit her with lightning and turned her to stone. Another version of the story says Maggie deliberately antagonised the devil, resulting in her petrification.

Beast of Balbirnie

Location: Markinch - Woods in the area
Type: ABC
Date / Time: 2005
Further Comments: Over thirty sightings of a large cat were made in Fife over a twelve month period. Several animal carcasses were found torn to pieces and a ten centimetre long cat footprint was found in soft earth.

Green Jeannie

Location: Milton of Balgonie - Balgonie Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This florescent shade drifts through the older parts of the building, always after dusk. A soldier with a musket has been reported in the courtyard.

Laird Beardie

Location: Moonzie, Fife - Lordscairnie Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 31 December, Midnight (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Beardie played cards against the Devil and lost - the fateful game is now replayed once a year, though it is warned that anyone watching the game will also travel to hell with the Laird at the end of the match.


Location: Newburgh - MacDuff's Cross
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The cross was once a place where criminals could claim sanctuary, providing they could prove kinship with the Earl of Fife. The haunting screams belong to those who failed to convince others of their relationship with the laird.


Location: Pittenweem - Tolbooth Tower
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: June 2013
Further Comments: While investigating the tower, both Gregor Stewart and his son left after feeling unwell. When they played back their audio recording of the ghost hunt, whispering could be heard around the time they departed.

Anne Erskine

Location: Saint Monance - Kellie Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century?
Further Comments: Anne is still seen around the area where she plummeted to her death. Another ghost, Professor James Lorimer, sits in a castle corridor - he restored the building from a ruin in the late nineteenth century.

Charles Manford

Location: St Andrews - Byre Theatre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: Though never seen, the non-threatening presence of the former owner is often felt or heard, and is considered reassuring. The ghost moved with the theatre after it was pulled down in 1970, and relocated under half a kilometre down the road.

Archbishop Hamilton

Location: St Andrews - Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A supporter of Mary Queen of Scots, Hamilton was arrested and hanged. His shade returned to this castle (though he was neither caught nor executed here).

White Woman

Location: St Andrews - Cathedral
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This pale, lost shade could belong to one of the mummified bodies that were removed from a nearby tower in the mid nineteenth century. A monk has been seen on the staircase, offering to help anyone struggling to ascend the tower.

Giant's Stone

Location: St Andrews - Large stone in the area of Mount Melville
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown if still present
Further Comments: Outraged at having the steeple of a church at St Andrews ruining his view, a giant living at Drumcarrow Craig tried to throw a rock at the structure. He missed and the rock fell short, and was said to have remained on the mount.

Bodach Glas

Location: St Andrews - St Andrews' Golf Course
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Prior to death
Further Comments: A nobleman playing golf on the course stopped midgame, claiming to have seen the Bodach Glas, or grey haired man, which warned of impending death in his family. He died later that night.

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