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Dumbartonshire Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Nanny Goony

Location: Cardross - Laura's Cafe
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: June 2011
Further Comments: Nicknamed Nanny Goony by locals, this entity moves small items around at night, pulls pictures off walls and places crumbs of food on recently cleaned tables.

Peter Denny

Location: Dumbarton - Denny Tank Museum
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2009
Further Comments: Peter Denny, who died in 1895, was named as a ghostly suspect behind the haunting of this building, which mostly consisted of people feeling a 'presence'.

An old postcard of Dumbarton Rock in Scotland


Location: Dumbarton - Dumbarton Rock
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: This large rock was thrown by witches who were chasing St Patrick - they missed their target, and the rock has stayed here since, creating the foundation of the castle.

Doggy Suicides

Location: Milton - Overtoun House, and the Victorian Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s onwards
Further Comments: Overtoun house is said to be haunted by a woman in Victorian attire, while at the old Victorian bridge on the property over fifty dogs have leapt to their deaths from the bridge during the past fifty years. The Scottish SPR visited the bridge in 2005 and claimed to have detected the woman, as well as phantom ministers and children.


Location: Twechar - Antonine Wall - Bar Hill Fort
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2004
Further Comments: While picnicking with her daughter, this witness heard a stampede of horses close by, but no animals could be seen.

Shaggy Creature

Location: Vale of Leven - Woodland near Tullichewan Castle
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: June or July 1991
Further Comments: Two teenagers reported seeing a creature just over three metres tall covered in black shaggy hair as they hunted rabbits in this area. One witness said the creature had white eyes but no pupils. After watching the creature for what felt like a minute, both witnesses fled.

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