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Fife Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

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.


Location: St Andrews - Unidentified cellar along South Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A murdered pedlar was said to have taken up haunting a cellar along this street, brushing an icy hand across the cheek of visitors.


Location: St Andrews Bay - West Sands Road, and general area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Weather Dependent: Stormy weather
Further Comments: This spectral coach and four is seen passing through the area, vanishing in a puff of blue smoke and leaving only the reek of sulphur.

Meeting Place

Location: St Monans (aka St Monance) - Calliard Hill
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Witches, wizards, kelpies and other creatures that go bump in the night would congregate on this hilltop at midnight. They would victimise travellers in the area, ensuring they became lost (or dead, if feeling particularly vindictive).

Baff Barefoot

Location: St Monans (aka St Monance) - Grangemuir (original building no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre-nineteenth century
Further Comments: The ghost resident in this property could be heard running around the site, the sound of naked footsteps slapping on the floors giving the spirit his name. The building was burnt to the ground in the early nineteenth century and Baff did not reappear once it was rebuilt.


Location: St Monans (aka St Monance) - Newark Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: August 2015
Further Comments: A photograph taken by Lenny Low was claimed to contain the ghost of a fisherwoman, although the image may have caught a real person or a case of pareidolia.


Location: Strathmiglo - Strathmiglo Castle
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This invisible entity lived in the castle and was only detectible when it stole food from the pantry.

There's Gold in Them Hills

Location: Tayport - Tower Hill
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A chest of gold was said to have been buried somewhere around the summit of the hill.

Satan's Stone

Location: Walton Hill - Stone on a roadside close to a farmhouse
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Still present?
Further Comments: Satan and Samson had a stone throwing contest. The Devil's stone landed on the roadside, while Samson's travelled further, shattered on impact and the rubble used to make a barn.

Tall Green Lady

Location: Wemyss - Wemyss Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1900
Further Comments: One of the most popular Scottish ghosts, that of the Green Lady, haunts this ancient building. She manifests as a tall, thin woman with pale skin and on at least one occasion, was holding an illuminated Egyptian lamp. Wemyss Castle also acts as an early warning system - a piece of masonry is said to fall off the structure when the owner is close to death.

Sea Horse

Location: West Wemyss - Off coast
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: July 1939
Further Comments: A six metre long monster with the head and mane of a horse and large eyes was spotted by a team of fishermen.

Glowing Train with Red Lights

Location: Wormit - Tay Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 28 December (reoccurring)
Further Comments: The badly designed Tay Bridge collapsed in 1873, a passenger train crashing down with the faulty structure into the cold waters of the Firth of Tay below. The scene is re-enacted on the anniversary of the crash.

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