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Perth and Kinross Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

White Lady

Location: Kilspindie - Lady's Brig, area of land close to Balmyre Farm
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The history of this phantom female is unknown, but speculated to have been murdered, or was a murderer, or could have been a nun. Or all three. Or none.

Mary Queen of Scots

Location: Kinross - Loch Leven Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The Queen of Scots reportedly haunts the building where she signed her abdication.

Bible Burner

Location: Kinross - Minister's House
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: June 1718
Further Comments: The minister of the building managed to recover his Bible without too much harm being bestowed upon it, after an invisible presence threw the book in the fireplace. The spirit would tear clothing and hide pins and needles in cooked foods.


Location: Kirkmichael - Ashintully Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: During life, the tinker was found and hanged for trespassing - his ghost is now seen around the trees near where he died. Two more spirits, carrying the cute names of Crooked Davie & Green Jane, are rumoured to haunt the castle grounds. The sound of screaming has also been reported here.


Location: Kirkmichael - The Old Manse
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Complete with long white beard and golden sickle, this figure haunts the area where his temple stood before the manse was constructed. Do not mistake this ghost as being overly quaint, as the screams of human blood sacrifices can be heard from the same area after dark.

Lady of Lawers

Location: Lawers - General area of the ruined village, on banks of Loch Tay
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2006
Further Comments: This long deserted village is home to the phantom white lady of Lawers. Workers at a nearby hotel report the feeling of being watched in the area.

Each Uisge

Location: Loch Earn - Waters of the Loch
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This water horse would entice people to sit upon its back before drowning the unsuspecting victim. One story says that the creature lived in Loch Tay but was driven out so moved here.

Water Cows

Location: Loch Tay - General area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Fairy cattle would constantly graze both on the land surrounding the loch, and in the still waters. Another legend suggests it was home to 'fish without fins', interpreted by some as serpentine monsters. An Each Uisge once lived here but was driven out and moved to Loch Earn instead.

Bad Architect

Location: Lochearnhead - Edinample Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Black Duncan Campbell threw an architect to his death from the roof of the castle after he failed to design and build a parapet. The phantom man is now reputed to haunt the roof.


Location: Logierait - Ballechin House (demolished 1963)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nineteenth Century
Further Comments: The house was haunted by the sounds of arguing, rapping, and an invisible force that felt like a dog pushing against people's legs. This 'dog' was quite common, many people felt it, and other pet dogs brought into the house appeared happy to play with an invisible friend. A phantom nun was also said to walk the garden.

White Lady

Location: Longforgan - HMP Castle Huntly, open prison
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Her white robes flowing as she walks, the white lady is said to leapt from the battlements to escape punishment after being caught with a manservant. A young boy that also haunts the site is thought to be Richard Paterson who drowned in the Tay in 1939.

Angry Mermaid

Location: Lornty - Waters between town and Loch Benachally
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: These waters were once the swimming area of a mermaid who was renowned for her bad temperament.

Top of a Woman

Location: Meggernie - Meggernie Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1862, and late 1920s
Further Comments: The 1862 witness, along with others previous, said he woke up during the night to feel a burning kiss on his cheek - standing over him was a woman, who quickly moved away towards an adjoining room. As she drifted though the doorway, the witness noticed she had no legs. The figure has also been seen inversed - just a pair of legs with no torso. One explanation offered is that the figure was murdered, and the body cut in two... A visiting doctor who stayed the night in the 1920s also reported seeing a floating head and shoulders.

Guinevere's Tombstone

Location: Meigle - Museum
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: Killed at nearby Alyth, Guinevere (wife of King Arthur) was buried in this small town - what could be her tombstone is on display in the museum.

Ball of Light

Location: Milnathort - Callert House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1940s?
Further Comments: Many people over the years witnessed a football sized ball of fire drift out of the house only to drift across nearby Loch Leven and vanish under the water.

Dark Hounds

Location: Mount Schiehallion - General area
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: These relations of the shuck reportedly stalk the shady zones of the mountainside, while nearby lochs are patrolled by water horses.

Heavy Dog

Location: Muthill - Private residence
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1971-2003
Further Comments: Three members of the family which lived here experienced the sensation of a heavy dog laying on them in bed. The property was also home to a lady in an old fashioned floor length dress, and a man in a suit and waistcoat who told a builder to 'get on with it' - the builder refused to re-enter the house and quit.

Soldier Spooker

Location: Perth - Belfield House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1915
Further Comments: This ghostly entity was said to be so horrific that it unnerved the otherwise steadfast Highland Artillery Brigade, who were based here at the time.


Location: Perth - Curiositeaz Vintage Tea Room
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: July 2012
Further Comments: Staff at this coffee shop have reported hearing voices and witnessing chairs moving on their own accord. CCTV footage released by owner Dan Clifford is said to show a misty figure, although the bright light source visible in the shot could be creating lens flare responsible for the 'figure'.

Piper in Kilt

Location: Perth - Donaldgowerie House (no longer standing)
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Late nineteenth or early twentieth century?
Further Comments: The phantom piper once found in this building drifted through one witness and floated out an open window in the upper part of the building, several metres from the ground. Each time he appeared, a tragedy soon befell the family living in the house.

White Woman

Location: Perth - Huntingtower Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: No one really has any idea who this phantom could be, though her appearance is said to warn against approaching bad luck and can bring about improved health and fortune. Some reports say she is green, rather than white.

Grey Lady

Location: Perth - Perth Theatre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 29 September 2017
Further Comments: A photograph taken shows what appears to be a misty grey figure standing in a balcony while workmen carry out restoration work below. The theatre is reputedly home to a grey lady who wears period clothing, and to the smell of old tobacco smoke.

Plague Prevention

Location: Pitlochry - Caisteal Dubh - The Black Castle
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A long distance messenger accidentally brought the plague to the owners of this castle - the villagers were terrified that the disease would quickly spread through the lands, so barricaded the castle doors from the outside and burnt the occupants alive.

Death Bogle

Location: Pitlochry - Crossroads in the town
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This misty white entity lurks at a crossroads waiting for a passerby. As the unfortunate traveller approaches, the bogle tries to grab them - if successful, the passerby dies within a year.

Windproof Candle

Location: Pitlochry - Old White House (no longer standing)
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Once a well known haunted house in the area, reputedly built on the site of a graveyard, the ghost which haunted it ensured a candle in the building could not be extinguished no matter how much the occupants tried. It finally went out when one person recited a prayer.

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