GLAMIS CAS­TLE, FOR­FAR

The Herald Magazine - - COVER STORY -

The An­gus cas­tle has of­ten been de­scribed as one of Scotland’s most haunted lo­ca­tions and ghost hunters will be spoilt for choice, with a raft of ghoulish go­ings-on.

Res­i­dent spir­its in­clude the Grey Lady, be­lieved to be Lady Janet Dou­glas of Glamis, who was burned at the stake for witch­craft in 1537. She is said to haunt the chapel. An­other rest­less soul is a woman with­out a tongue, who it is claimed can be seen wan­der­ing the grounds point­ing to her badly wounded face.

Then there’s King Mal­colm II of Scotland who was wounded in bat­tle near Glamis in 1034 and died in the Royal Hunt­ing Lodge, which sat at the site of the present cas­tle, leav­ing a large blood­stain. Ac­cord­ing to leg­end, no mat­ter how many times the floor was scrubbed, said bloody mark would al­ways reap­pear and even­tu­ally had to be cov­ered with new boards.

Per­haps the nas­ti­est of the cas­tle’s su­per­nat­u­ral crew, how­ever, is Alexan­der Lind­say, 4th Earl of Craw­ford, aka Earl Beardie, who was known for his cruel streak and heavy drink­ing. The story goes that while vis­it­ing the cas­tle, the earl flew into a rage be­cause no­body would play cards with him on the Sab­bath, say­ing he would hap­pily play with the devil him­self if need be.

Shortly af­ter­wards a tall gen­tle­man in a long dark coat knocked at the door and asked if the earl still needed an op­po­nent. They re­tired to a room and played cards long into the night.

The story goes that a ser­vant who peeked through the key­hole to watch their game was blinded. When the earl left to at­tend to the com­mo­tion and rep­ri­mand the ser­vant for spy­ing, he re­turned to find the room empty. The mys­te­ri­ous man – the devil – took with him Earl Beardie’s soul.

Many be­lieve the earl re­mains in a se­cret room gam­bling with the devil for all eter­nity. Nor is that the only con­cealed space that Glamis Cas­tle is said to boast. An­other is claimed to hide a mon­ster – the son of the 11th Earl of Strath­more – who was hor­ri­bly de­formed and still emerges from his makeshift prison to roam at night. Visit glamis­cas­tle.co.uk

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