Old ghosts, new ghosts, specters, poltergeists, ghouls and banshees – you name it, Edinburgh has them all. Known as one of the most haunted cities in the world, Edinburgh’s reputation for paranormal activity from tortured souls and wronged victims determined to leave their mark on the living is legendary. And in celebration of Halloween in Edinburgh, a night when paranormal activity is at its highest, we thought we’d share three forgotten Edinburgh Ghost Stories guaranteed to send shivers down your spine.
The Headless Woman Of Bruntsfield
Not too long ago, there was an old, elegant fourteenth-century house by Bruntsfield Links. Before it was demolished at the beginning of the nineteenth century, the house was inhabited by Lieutenant-General Robertson of Lawers and his staff. It wasn’t long before one of the General’s servants started complaining about a headless woman carrying a baby, who would appear in his room every night by the fireplace. As the servant was known to spend a lot of his free time in the bottle, the General never gave the complaint much thought.
As time wore on, the servant (tired of not being taken seriously) left the house to find work elsewhere. The room was used for storage and the story of the headless woman was all but forgotten. But when the building was ordered for demolition a few years later, beneath the disgruntled servant’s room were the skeletal remains of a woman and a baby. What’s more, the woman’s head appeared to be severed off.
Learmonth Gardens And “The Curse Of The Pharaoh”
In a respectable house in a respectable part of Edinburgh, a family found themselves on the wrong side of an Egyptian poltergeist. In the mid 1930s, Sir Alexander Seton and his family took a trip to Egypt where Lady Seton brought back a small (and deadly) memento from the Temple of Luxor. The small bone, which she removed from one of the tombs, was placed in a glass case in the dining room. Almost immediately, strange and disturbing things started to happen. Crashing sounds, broken ornaments and rooms left in disarray became the norm. And amidst the chaos, a ghostly figure was seen throughout the house by all who visited.
When Sir Alexander lent the bone to a scientist friend, the ghost disappeared and disturbing happenings stopped happening. Instead, the ghostly figure was seen in his friend’s home. As soon as the bone was returned to Learmonth Gardens, the house seemed to take on a life of its own once again. The bone was eventually handed over to a priest, and the torment surrounding the Seton household finally came to an end.
With so many ghoulish tales and horror-ific Edinburgh Ghost stories, where better to spend a haunting Halloween than right here in our haunted city?