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Fife Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

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.

Shuffling

Location: Leuchars - RAF Leuchars Station (currently British Army)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1992/93
Further Comments: While sleeping in the duty bunk, this witness was awoken by a loud thump, as if someone had slapped their fist hard upon a bedside table. The light in the room also turned itself on, and the sound of someone shuffling along the corridor outside the room could be heard, although no one could be seen upon investigation.

Macduff's Castle

Location: Lindores - Body of water nicknamed Sillar Lake (likely to be currently known as Lindores Loch)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present?
Further Comments: Traces of a castle thought to have belonged to Macduff exist in the village, and an old legend says that before the castle was ransacked, the treasure was thrown into a lake.

White Horse

Location: Lochgelly - Old house (may no longer stand) on the banks of Loch Gelly, Powguild
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A white horse once haunted the area around the house. Another animal ghost was reputedly a mole - a former resident declared that she would haunt the garden she loved in the form of the furry mammal, and so she did.

Hare

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 - Old Nick
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.

Tall Man

Location: Lomond Hills - General area
Type: Other
Date / Time: 1674
Further Comments: While John Wellwood stood preaching to a crowd of locals, soldiers arrived nearby and opened fire at the congregation. Bullets landed all around the group, but not a single round hit John or his crowd. Witnesses later said that a tall man had manifested above the crowd during the incident.

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.

Thrummy Cap

Location: Methill - Former Second Earl of Wemyss property, which was shaped like a ship
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Likely pre-nineteenth century
Further Comments: Thrummy Cap was the name given to the ghost of a carpenter who worked on the house but was not paid. The carpenter's debts resulted in the man drowning himself in the harbour, and his ghost took to haunting the property around midnight.

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.


A photograph of a statue depicting the Devil.

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.

Lady of Denmylne

Location: Newburgh - Area around Denmylne
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Wracked by guilt for cheating people out of flour, this ghost walks around mumbling 'the little lippie and the licht stane, gars me wander here my lane'.

Screaming

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.

Lady with Child

Location: Otterstoun (aka Ottertown and Otterstown) - Unnamed house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Not much more can be said about the ghostly woman with a child which haunted a property here.

Whispering

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.

Lammikin

Location: Saline - Killernie Castle
Type: Other
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A former home of wizard Sir Michael Scott, this site is better known as being the possible location featured in the folk song Lammikin, where an unpaid mason murders a woman and a child in the castle which he is owed money for constructing.

White Lady

Location: St Andrews - Abbey road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown, likely pre twentieth century
Further Comments: A phantom white woman was said to haunt this road.

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.

Jock the Piper

Location: St Andrews - Cliffs close to golf course
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Likely nineteenth century
Further Comments: Jock vanished into a cave along the cliffs never to be seen again. He is said to be heard or seen along the cliffs, a gust of cold wind denoting his presence. Encountering the entity is said to bring ill fortune.


A ghostly white lady in a cave.

Secret Passage

Location: St Andrews - Close to The Pends Gateway
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1880
Further Comments: Spencer Ashton claimed a strange figure took him into a cave along an unidentified beach and through a tunnel which eventually led to The Pends. During the underground walk, Ashton spotted a ghostly white lady and a line of marching skeletons. Before parting ways, the strange figure gave Ashton a tiny gold cup that bestowed him good fortune for the rest of his days.

Thomas Plater

Location: St Andrews - Former Dormitory
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: Plater was said to have remained earthbound after his death, cursed after brutally murdering Prior Robert of Montrose before evening prayer.

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