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Moray Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Immortal Fly

Location: Kirkmichael - St Michael's Well (no longer present)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The well was said to have magical healing powers and was watched over by St Michael, who took the form of a fly which could never die.

Hound

Location: Knockandhu - B9008 road
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Early to mid twentieth century
Further Comments: This dark dog is said to be extremely unlucky for all those who see it, for the creature's temper is reportedly quite heinous.

Tied Figure

Location: Lossiemouth - Unidentified manor house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Likely to be pre-twentieth century
Further Comments: A manor house in Lossiemouth was said to be haunted by a woman draped in white with a heavily scarred throat and her hands tied in chains behind her back. The figure was said to appear every night, and because of the stories, the site remained empty for years before being sold at a highly discounted price.

The Pot o' Pittenyoul

Location: Newmill, Keith - Stream by the hamlet
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The Pot o' Pittenyoul was a small, rocky pool along the stream. A local legend said that one of the worn stones was a seat used by the devil.

Scraping

Location: Ordiequish - Elf House, area within Slorach's Wood
Type: Other
Date / Time: 29 April 2004, daytime
Further Comments: Walking along the track which runs by the stream, this witness heard scraping, splashing, rustling and other strange noises from within a cave. The sounds faded away.

Merman

Location: Portgordon - Off coast
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 15 August 1814
Further Comments: This figure normally warned of ill fortune at sea - if the crew of a fishing vessel spotted him, they would return to port for the day. Two fishermen spotted two of the creatures in 1814 - one they described as black in colour, with curly hair and long arms, while the other was female with long hair.

Grant

Location: Rothes - Glen Grant House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early twentieth century
Further Comments: Grant's ghost was widely believed to have found it difficult letting go of his former residence.

Unknown Horror

Location: Tomintoul - 'Greenmire', an area between Tomintoul and Ballindalloch
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1864
Further Comments: The Greenmire always had an evil reputation, but after a teenage girl travelling home through the area encountered something terrible and died a few days later, people refused to go near the place after dusk. Horses were said to react badly to the area.

Red Capped Man

Location: Tomintoul - Lochan-Nan-Deaan, loch between village and Corgarff (off A909?)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This loch was haunted by a small man in a red cap, capable of shaking the nearby hills with his roar, and turning the waters red and making them boil. The entity was known for having a taste for human sacrifice.

Monk

Location: Tomintoul - Scalan Seminary
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: September 2015
Further Comments: News websites carried the story that a ghostly monk had been photographed looking out of an upstairs window at this site, although the image is most likely pareidolia.

Devil Summoning

Location: Urquhart - Deil's Stanes
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: To run around this stone circle three times at midnight will bring forth the devil.

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