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Edinburgh Vaults (South Bridge), Edinburgh, Scotland

Todd Wayne Knipple

Todd Wayne Knipple

I was awakened to the reality of the paranormal at the age of 12 while at a friend’s home. What happened that one night back in 1983 kept me awake for three days. After that incident I was left with many questions. My determination to find answers to what had happened that night became an obsession that would lead me down a path into investigating the paranormal. I found myself consumed by these strange anomalies that were captured on video, audio and photographs, and the strange feelings and sensations I would have from walking into old buildings or a person’s home.
For nearly 30 years, I have dedicated myself to finding these answers by using a scientific approach to fully understand and bring explanations to those who seek help and who are experiencing themselves the same things I experienced some 30 years ago. I can say that out of all of the cases I have investigated over the years as a paranormal investigator, 99% can be explained as a product of environment. There is, however, that 1% that can only be considered Beyond The Grave.
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Edinburgh Vaults (aka South Bridge Vaults) are believed to be the one of the most haunted places in the world. As well as a home to tradesmen and taverns in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, the vaults were also believed to be used by serial killers Burke and Hare, who stored the bodies of their victims here…

As Edinburgh grew larger during the late 1800’s, two large bridges were created to connect Edinburgh Castle to the lands to the north and the south of the city. The city’s South Bridge was a monumental yet fundamentally flawed, endeavor to span Cowgate Ravine, and connect the old town to the newer section of Edinburgh.

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The building of south bridge commenced in 1785 and when finished consisted of 19 arches spanning a total of 1,000 feet wide.

By the 19th Century the city was booming financially. Tradesmen and merchants would set up shop along the bridge in order to target the increase in traffic over the bridge. Below the top level of the bridge were the tradesmen workshops, and below those were living quarters for the people that worked there. In total, there were around 120 rooms.

The construction of the bridge was rushed and as a result the surface wasn’t sealed correctly. This caused floods to occur regularly, which drove all the tradesmen out of the area. As the industrial revolution took hold of Britain, Edinburgh’s South Bridge had developed into a slum, with the city’s poor taking up refuge here. The conditions were deplorable, but the poor people of Edinburgh had little choice. It quick became Edinburgh’s red-light district. Prostitution, murder and rape were rife, as disease and crime plagued the vaults.

There have h5been countless paranormal experiences in the vaults. One of the most frequent experiences is the cold gusts of air that surprise guests even on the very low levels of the vaults. Needless to say, there are no windows or open doors down here.

Another common experience is hearing voices, sometimes whispering in your ear. People often see and sense a disembodied presence.

Perhaps the most menacing ghosts of Edinburgh Vaults is Mr. Boots. He’s been described as an unkempt man who wears high boots (hence the name). Mr. Boots likes to lurk at the back of the vaults throwing rocks as unsuspecting visitors, and has been known to push people over. People have heard his high boots walking on the cobbles, and his voice echoing from a chamber in the distance.

Another ghost who likes to interact with visitors is Jack. If you’re in the wine vault he may just grab your hand.

http://www.hauntedrooms.co.uk/edinburgh-vaults-south-bridge

Todd Wayne Knipple

Todd Wayne Knipple

I was awakened to the reality of the paranormal at the age of 12 while at a friend’s home. What happened that one night back in 1983 kept me awake for three days. After that incident I was left with many questions. My determination to find answers to what had happened that night became an obsession that would lead me down a path into investigating the paranormal. I found myself consumed by these strange anomalies that were captured on video, audio and photographs, and the strange feelings and sensations I would have from walking into old buildings or a person’s home.
For nearly 30 years, I have dedicated myself to finding these answers by using a scientific approach to fully understand and bring explanations to those who seek help and who are experiencing themselves the same things I experienced some 30 years ago. I can say that out of all of the cases I have investigated over the years as a paranormal investigator, 99% can be explained as a product of environment. There is, however, that 1% that can only be considered Beyond The Grave.
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Yester Castle, Scotland

Greig Pow

Greig Pow

International Rep: United Kingdom at National Paranormal Society
I have spent my life pursuing the existence of extraterrestrials. From a young age I would immerse myself in local libraries absorbing as much information on the possibility that we had been visited by another species, the thought of it inspired me to pursue it through my adult life. I realised after a period of time that my answer lay in the realms of science and I studied the aspects of science and extraterrestrials. Later in life I had my first experience with a ghost in my home I recently moved into . It scared me at first and I remember waking up the next morning compelled to recreate what had happened. I tried to debunk what I saw and to no avail I couldn’t. I began a journey to find what out what happened to me and to prove what I seen was real. I still pursue this amongst a lot of other things that exist beyond the realms of my understanding. I use science and technology, I think skeptical and critically because I always believe if you approach research and investigate as a skeptic you will find the truth.
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SCOT1Haunted Scotland.
Approximately 30 miles outside Edinburgh , is a village called Gifford. What lies on the outskirts of the village is said to be the 3rd most haunted location in Scotland, Yester Castle . Before I delve into the reasons of this lets look at the history of the location.
Sir Hugo Giffard was the builder of the original Yester Castle. The castle is mentioned by name in a Yester charter of Adam de Morham, in which he cedes some adjacent land to his neighbor Sir Hugh Giffard. This charter is dated between 1250 and 1267, showing the castle was built and completed before the year 1267.
The locals in the nearby village where rumours were rife about Hugo and the fact that he practiced black magic and he was a necromancer[pullquote align=”left|center|right” textalign=”left|center|right” width=”30%”]Rumours were rife about Hugo and the fact that he practiced black magic and he was a necromancer.[/pullquote]. One of the rumours were around that he made a deal with the devil himself to help build the great hall of the castle with the use of a goblin army ( hence why it’s called the Goblin Ha).SCOT3
When the castle was destroyed and re-built in the early 14th century, this legendary lower chamber was the only feature retained. The village of Bothans was located on the grounds of the Yester estate in this period. Bothans was razed and moved to the modern site of the nearby village of Gifford in the 17th century. St. Bothans, the church of Yester, was consecrated by Bishop David de Burnham in 1241.
Later on in years the Giffard family moved to Yester house and the castle was sadly left to ruin and to this day lies In a derelict state. Unfortunately all that is left is a very small part of the castle including (allegedly) the great hall or goblin hall.
People have reported in the past of strange goings on in the castle from voices , black masses and full bodied apparitions. When you SCOT2walk around the area there is a strange eerie feeling to the place and accessing the area is a hike through a golf course and woodland. I have investigated the place with my team on several occasions with mixed results. I have spoken to locals several times about the area and some people will not go near the place as the fear there is a curse ( due to renovations at the castle and several accidents with workers causing the renovations to be ceased).
My own personal experiences have included a black mass standing in front of me and several intelligent responses to questions.
Even today when I visit the place, there is evidence of black magic being practiced there as well as paranormal investigations
Have a look on YouTube , there is some interesting videos about the place.
Greig.

Greig Pow

Greig Pow

International Rep: United Kingdom at National Paranormal Society
I have spent my life pursuing the existence of extraterrestrials. From a young age I would immerse myself in local libraries absorbing as much information on the possibility that we had been visited by another species, the thought of it inspired me to pursue it through my adult life. I realised after a period of time that my answer lay in the realms of science and I studied the aspects of science and extraterrestrials. Later in life I had my first experience with a ghost in my home I recently moved into . It scared me at first and I remember waking up the next morning compelled to recreate what had happened. I tried to debunk what I saw and to no avail I couldn’t. I began a journey to find what out what happened to me and to prove what I seen was real. I still pursue this amongst a lot of other things that exist beyond the realms of my understanding. I use science and technology, I think skeptical and critically because I always believe if you approach research and investigate as a skeptic you will find the truth.
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Glamis Castle

Ken Weigand

Ken Weigand

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Ken is a graphic designer, web developer and co-founder of One True Paranormal, a para-group in southwest Missouri.
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Glamis Castle, Glamis Tayside, Scotland

When you see a photo of Glamis Castle, or the actual castle itself, it’s like looking at something straight out of the pages of many fairytales. You would never believe that it is considered to be the most haunted castle in Scotland. Over the years, there have been legends and stories, that in addition to ghosts, include a witch and a vampire that call this magnificent castle “home”.

[pullquote align=”left|center|right” textalign=”left|center|right” width=”30%”] Did the devil actually take Beardie’s soul and condemn him to play cards until doomsday? There have been numerous reports of Beardie standing over the beds of children watching them and loud shouts coming from him.[/pullquote]There was a village here, many years before a royal hunting lodge or castle were even thought of, that can be traced all the way back to the 8th century. An Irish missionary by the name of Fergus settled in this area in 710 A.D. The church St. Fergus Kirk, was named after him. There was a Pictish stone found in the nearby village of Eassie, that shows there are prehistoric traces in this area. A Royal Hunting Lodge stood at the site in 1034, where King Malcolm II was murdered. Shakespeare’s play, “Macbeth” has the character of Macbeth dying at Glamis Castle, even though the actual King Macbeth had no connection to the castle at all.

Sir John Lyon, Thane of Glamis, married King Robert II’s daughter in 1376 and a castle was built that has remained in the Lyon’s and Bowes-Lyon’s family since that time, except for a time when King James V lived in the home.

There is a legend involving Earl Beardie from the 15th century. There are several versions of the story, but they all revolve around Earl Beardie playing cards. The story takes place on a Sunday and according to 2 of the stories, either his hosts refused to play cards with him, or a servant advised him to stop because it was after all the Sabbath. Lord Beardie became so enraged that he vowed to play cards until doomsday, or with the actual Devil, depending on the version of the story. A stranger suddenly shows up at the castle and joins the Earl in a game of cards. The stranger is identified with the Devil. The 2 men basically rocked the castle with their swearing and yelling. One story includes a servant that tried to take a peak into the room where they were playing, thru the keyhole and was struck blind. Lord Beardie was found dead the next morning. Did the devil actually take Beardie’s soul and condemn him to play cards until doomsday? There have been numerous reports of Beardie standing over the beds of children watching them and loud shouts coming from him.

The 6th Lord Glamis, John Lyon, married a woman by the name of Janet Douglas. She was the daughter of the Master of Angus, who at the time was involved in a feud with King James V. Janet was accused of treason against the King in December of 1528, for bringing supporters of the Earl of Angus to Edinburgh. Her husband, the 6th Lord of Glamis, had died on Sept. 17, 1528, so she was charged with poisoning him. She was eventually accused of witchcraft and burned at the stake at Edinburgh on July 17, 1537.

There is a small chapel in the castle. The chapel is still used today, but 1 seat is always left vacant and no one is allowed to sit there. This seat has been reserved for the “Grey Lady”, a ghost that is said to live at the castle. The Grey Lady is thought to be the ghost of Jane Douglas, Lady Glamis. She has been seen and felt by a number of visitors to the castle over the past 3 centuries. She walks around the chapel and has also been seen above the clock tower.

The most famous legend associated with the castle is the Monster of Glamis. The “monster” was supposedly a hideously deformed child that was born into the family. Some of these stories came from the accounts of a singer and composer by the name of Virginia Gabriel who stayed in the castle during 1870. In her story, the “monster” was kept in the castle for its’ entire life and his rooms were bricked up after his death. Another version of this story is that every generation of the family has had a vampire child born into the family and is walled up in the room

It is said that guests of the castle once hung towels from the windows of every single room, trying to find the bricked up room where the “monster” lived. As the story goes, when they would look at the building from the outside, there were several windows that did not have towels hanging from them.

Some think that the legend of the “monster” was inspired by a true story. There was a family by the name of Ogilvie. They sought protection from a family that was their enemy at the castle. Somewhere inside the 16 ft. thick walls of the castle is the famous “room of skulls”, where the Ogilvie family were all walled up and died of starvation.

Hamish Rue Glamis, the 9th Laird of Glamis, was executed for treason after being betrayed by the Ruthven family. His ghost has been seen several times in full Scottish regalia. It is said that if you hear Scottish music being played, that this is signaling the specture funeral procession of Hamish. You can see 6 dark figures carrying a blackened coffin across the castle grounds.

Other stories include a “tongue-less woman”. She has been seen running across the castle grounds at midnight, tearing at her mouth. There are other reports of screaming, banging noises and doors that refuse to stay closed, even after they have been bolted and hammered shut. There is a story of a young black boy that is seen sitting in an old stone seat by the door of the Queen’s bedroom. There have reports of this sighting for at least 200 years.

Glamis Castle is open to the public. If you feel like taking a vacation or trip to Scotland, be sure to check out this magnificent piece of Scottish history and maybe…..just maybe if you are very lucky, you will see one of the past residents of the castle dropping in to tell you hello. Just beware of becoming involved in a card game with Lord Beardie.

For more information on Glamis Castle, you can go to their official website
www.glamis-castle.co.uk/visitus.cfm

 

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Ken Weigand

Senior Director / Webmaster at National Paranormal Society
Ken is a graphic designer, web developer and co-founder of One True Paranormal, a para-group in southwest Missouri.
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Loch Ness Monster

Alexander LaFountain

Alexander LaFountain

Sr. Director/Demonology Dept Chair at National Paranormal Society
Alexander LaFountain is a Demonologist based out of Texas. He was a member of Ghost Watchers Paranormal Investigations when he lived in Georgia and became a member of the Afterlife Research Team when he relocated to east Texas. He spent the last several years studying demonology and handling demonic based cases. He is also working towards becoming a Catholic Priest in the Independent Catholic Community.
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In this article we are going to take a look at the famous Loch Ness Monster! There have been many sightings of this creature over the years, most of them in the modern times. There have been many photos, videos, and audio samples turned in, with people claiming to have found proof of this creatures existence. Most were found to have other explanations behind them, some were hoaxes designed to attract fame and fortune, and the rest were inconclusive. The Loch Ness has also had many theories created to try and explain what is in there. There are theories that talk about the Loch Ness Monster being a dinosaur that survived the extinction, being a magickal beast that can travel between dimensions, being a misidentified animal, and being an undiscovered species of animal that had survived, unnoticed for centuries.

Regardless of your personal feelings towards this beast, the fact remains that this cryptid has enraptured the minds of not only the Scottish, but the rest of the world also. So it certainly warrants further exploration and study. We will start with the earliest known sighting of the Loch Ness Monster, called Nessie by many. The earliest known sighting of Nessie  comes from the 6th century tale of Saint Columba. Saint Columba visited the Scottish Picts while doing missionary work and encountered a man burying another man near the loch. He inquired as to what had taken place, where he was given the account of the deceased man being killed by a large water beast. Saint Columba had one of his followers then swim across the Loch as bait for the water beast. Sure enough, the water beast arose to kill the man and Saint Columba repelled it with his faith in the Christian God. There is a lot of debate regarding whether or not this account actually talks about Nessie or refers to a different animal all together (some believe its simply a tale designed by the Church to awe the Pagan masses in Scotland) however many people point to this tale as a foundation for their belief that Nessie has always inhabited the Loch.

The modern interest in the Loch Ness Monster started with the account given by George Spicer and his wife, in 1933. They claim they were driving when a large beast, which they described as having a physical appearance that lined up with the majority of modern descriptions (except they could not see any limbs, they believed a dip in the road kept them from seeing its limbs) regarding Nessie. Also in 1933a man named Arthur Grant, a vetrinary student, claimed to have hit Nessie while driving his motorcycle. He claimed that the creature he hit, looked like a seal mixed with a plesiosaur. Lastly in 1933 construction workers claimed to have spoted the creature multiple times as they were working on a road near the Loch.

In 1938 a police chief in Scotland, wrote an official letter stating his beliefs regarding Nessie being real and talking about a group of hunters determined to bring Nessie in, dead or alive. 1954 sonar contact was made with a strange object or creature, by the fishing boat, Rival the third. According to the statements of the crew, this strange object kept pace with their fishing boat for almost half a mile. They claim the sonar pinged on some thing that was roughly 480 feet below the water.

The earliest known photograph to be captured was by a man named Hugh Gray in 1933. He claimed he saw Nessie rise up from the lake so he snapped a few pictures. Only one picture turned out and in it, is a rather blurry image of what appears to be an animal in the water. The most famous picture and indeed the most controversial, is the Surgeon’s Photograph that was taken in 1934 by a man named Robert Wilson. Wilson, a respected doctor in his field of medicine, claimed to have spotted Nessie. He then reacted by snapping a few pictures. One turned out to show what looks like a large animal, with a horse like head and long neck swimming slightly above the water’s surface. The photo is black and white, very blurry but one of the most clear photographs ever captured of Nessie.

Many attempts have been made to capture evidence of Nessie from Sir Edward Mountain’s 1934 attempts to BBC’s widely watched special in 2003. Monsterquest even attempted to find the Loch Ness Monster as the subject of one its episodes. So far no concrete evidence has been found of Nessi’s existance. Though the hunt still continues!

Sources Cited:

Loch Ness Monster (Wikipedia): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loch_ness_monster

Legend of Nessie: Official Website: http://www.nessie.co.uk/

Alexander LaFountain

Alexander LaFountain

Sr. Director/Demonology Dept Chair at National Paranormal Society
Alexander LaFountain is a Demonologist based out of Texas. He was a member of Ghost Watchers Paranormal Investigations when he lived in Georgia and became a member of the Afterlife Research Team when he relocated to east Texas. He spent the last several years studying demonology and handling demonic based cases. He is also working towards becoming a Catholic Priest in the Independent Catholic Community.
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