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Lothian Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Green Lady

Location: Musselburgh - Pinkie House
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Before a tragedy in the Drummond family
Further Comments: This figure, the wife of the first Earl of Dunfermline, only appears to warn the living of encroaching calamities.

Margaret Heron of Gilmerton

Location: Newbattle - Abbey and surrounding area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Taking the form of a grey lady, this phantom is said to be Margaret Heron of Gilmerton, who was murdered along with her secret monk lover by her outraged father.

Aggie McGee

Location: Newtongrange - Scottish Mining Museum
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The ghost of a coal sorter has been named as Aggie McGee, while other ghost stories include a headless miner and screams of those who died in the pits.

Meeting Place

Location: North Berwick - Old Kirk
Type: Other
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: The porch of the Old Kirk is one of the locations where the Devil is said to have met with a group of witches, who later tried to kill King James IV.

Nun

Location: North Berwick - Trainer's Brae
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The site of a convent, this area is reputed to be home to a ghostly nun.

White Lady

Location: North Berwick - The Lodge (aka North Berwick House)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A phantom white lady reputedly walks this area, as does a hooded figure said to be a former pageboy who was murdered in London.

Figure in Ruff

Location: North Berwick - Tantallon Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: May 2008 (Wiseman image taken), circa 1978 (earlier image)
Further Comments: A photograph released in March 2009 by Richard Wiseman purports to show a ghostly man wearing a ruff. Another photograph was released a few days later, taken thirty years previous, showing another ghostly figure.

White Woman

Location: North Berwick - Private residence, Glenorchy Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1974
Further Comments: The staircase of this property is reputedly haunted by a benign white feminine spirit. The house may have been built over the graveyard of a nunnery.

Tobacco

Location: North Berwick - East Fortune Airfield (museum)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: The smell of tobacco is said to fill the air in the top hangar, even though no smokers are present. Mild poltergeist activity is reported, and occasionally a phantom man is seen wearing dark coveralls.

Chamber Maid

Location: Pathhead - Stair Arms Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This location has the reputation of being haunted by a chamber maid.

Yellow Lights

Location: Paxton - Skies above village
Type: UFO
Date / Time: 12 March 2007
Further Comments: A driver stopped his car to watch five large yellow lights hanging in the sky above the village. The balls disappeared after thirty seconds.

Messy Bed

Location: Pencaitland - Penkaet (or Pencaet, or Pencait) Castle, also known as Fountainhall House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1950s
Further Comments: The ghost of Charles I is blamed for disrupting the bedding in the room that contains his death mask. John Cockburn, who committed murder here, can be heard dragging the body along various parts of the building. Finally, the castle is also haunted by a beggar, falsely accused of using witchcraft against another former owner.

Couple

Location: Penicuik - Gladhouse reservoir
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local legend says that this area is haunted by a loving couple who were murdered in the dim and distant past.

Young Horseman

Location: Penicuik - General area
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Often heard and sometimes even seen, the horseman is thought to have been a young lad who stole a horse from his master to speed up the journey to meet his secret lover. In his haste, he galloped past the scene of an accident involving a cart - he could have saved the life of the driver who was trapped underneath, but lust took priority and the rider left the site without offering assistance. The victim of the accident later died but managed to curse the lad who rode on by; hence, the boy's ghost now roams.

Morag Mackintosh

Location: Pentland Hills - House near Lover's Loup
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: In the nineteenth century Morag Mackintosh is said to have taken her life in the area now known as Lover's Loup after her father expressed disappointment in Morag falling in love with a Napoleonic prisoner of war. Her phantom is said to haunt her former home.

Missing Stone

Location: Ratho - General area
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A witches' stone once stood in a farmer's field but was removed - it was believed this act brought evil spirits into the village.

Pet Dog

Location: Roslin - Roslin Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The pet dog of an English officer killed during a battle at the site can be heard crying out for its master.

White Lady

Location: Roslin - Area around Rosslyn (or Roslin) Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The white lady is one of three phantoms to haunt this area, the other two being a phantom horseman and a ghostly black dog.

Stone Worker

Location: Roslin - Rosslyn Chapel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Stone worker unknown, fairy in 2006
Further Comments: This stone worker was so skilful that his master killed him in a jealous rage. Now the spirit of the worker looks longingly at his own handiwork, the Apprentice Pillar. More recently actors rehearsing at the chapel reported seeing a fairy-like figure in the grounds. As a side note, at least one contemporary author believes that the Ark of the Covenant could rest here, while others believe the holy grounds are the hiding place of the Holy Grail. Sometimes the chapel is reported to glow, as if on fire, which was said to indicate the death of a descendant of William St Clair (although his last descendant died in 1778).

Lost Child

Location: Stenton - Whittingehame Castle (ruins of)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The area surrounding the castle was once thought haunted by a young child. The ghost is said to have vanished when one of the locals gave it the name of 'Short-Hoggers'!

Former Keeper

Location: The Bass Rock (island) - Lighthouse
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Unmanned since 1988, the lighthouse is said to be home to a phantom former lighthouse keeper who checks the light is burning.

Grey Man

Location: West Saltoun - Woods south of village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A wizard executed in Edinburgh confessed to talking to the ghost which haunted these woods, which manifested as a man dressed in a grey gown.

Wolf

Location: Whitburn - Polkemmet Country Park
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 25 August 2009
Further Comments: Keith McDowell reported seeing an Alsatian sized creature, silver in colour with a black streak running along its back, with a bushy tail. The animal was circling calves in a field, before running off into the nearby country park.

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