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The Ghost of Glamis Castle and other true Scottish Ghost Stories by Robert B. McNeill
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The Ghost of Glamis Castle and other true Scottish Ghost Stories (4000 word e-book short.)

In Scotland many stories have been told over the centuries of hauntings and other supernatural phenomena. Most are nothing more than folk tales — stories told around the fireplace to bring a shiver to the spine.

The four stories in this e-book short, however, are different. Each is fact, backed by historical documents or contained in the many county and parish historical records.

Here is a brief excerpt from each:

The Ghost of Glamis Castle: For more than six hundred years Glamis in Forfarshire — one of Scotland’s oldest inhabited castles — has been the seat of the Earls of Strathmore. It was also the family home of the late Queen Mother and the birthplace of her daughter Princess Margaret. This formidable building has another claim to fame, however: as a scene of mysterious hauntings and the setting for events that remain secret to this day …

‘Pearlin’ Jean — the Ghost of Allanbank: ‘Pearlin’ Jean’ was a spirit that for many years haunted Allanbank, a seat of the Stuarts. The hauntings began when Robert Stuart, first baronet of Allanbank, returned to his home from a drive one evening. To his surprise, he saw the dark profile of a woman sitting on the arched gateway at the entrance to the house. Intrigued, he leaned forward to take a closer look. Suddenly the figure moved, and an icy chill ran through him — he saw to his horror it was the face of a corpse. She had a startlingly fair complexion and hair that fluttered in the breeze, and both her head and neck were dripping with blood. She stared at Stuart with glowering, glazed eyes …

Lady Stair — an unusual case of clairvoyance: Lady Stair’s House is located in Lady Stair’s Close in Edinburgh’s Lawnmarket (now a museum to three of Scotland's greatest writers — Burns, Scott and Stevenson). Lady Stair’s first husband was Lord Primrose, a drunkard given to violent rages. Soon after their marriage he attempted her murder, and she narrowly escaped by leaping out of a window. Primrose left for the continent soon afterwards, and for months his whereabouts remained a mystery …

The Ghost of Hobkirk: In the year 1720 strange events began in the Border village of Hobkirk. Unexplained lights were seen coming from the kirk after midnight and the sound of footsteps were heard when nobody was in the vicinity. Rumours quickly spread through the community that the kirk was haunted. Elders of the church, anxious to allay people’s fears, met to discuss the matter and decide a course of action to prevent the spread of panic …

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