November 2020

St Andrews Cathedral: Skeletons, Skulls and Sarcophagi

2020-11-30T17:32:00+00:00

St Andrews Cathedral is the place to visit if you are interested in stones, bones, and ghostly groans. Like all of Scotland’s ancient buildings, it is shrouded in its fair share of myth and mystery. How could it be anything less when it once housed the bones of Scotland’s Patron Saint, Saint Andrew whose feast [...]

St Andrews Cathedral: Skeletons, Skulls and Sarcophagi2020-11-30T17:32:00+00:00

September 2020

The Gorbals’ Vampire: The Iron-toothed, Child Eater who Terrorised Glasgow

2020-10-15T16:48:39+00:00

The words ‘The Gorbals’ Vampire’ spread from lip to lip. Wide-eyed, the children relished the horror of the tale. It had pale skin! Its eyes were red! They glowed in the dark! It was seven foot tall!  It had sharpened fangs made of iron. You will never guess where it lives! In the Gravy (The [...]

The Gorbals’ Vampire: The Iron-toothed, Child Eater who Terrorised Glasgow2020-10-15T16:48:39+00:00

January 2020

Tam O’ Shanter by Robert Burns: Scotland’s Most Haunted Poem

2020-10-15T21:17:09+00:00

The Scottish poet and lyrist, Robert Burns, was born on January 25th, 1759 in Alloway in Ayrshire. He is regarded as one of the greatest poets to come out of Scotland and to this day, the world over, Burns Suppers are held to celebrate his birth. Perhaps one of his most famous poems is [...]

Tam O’ Shanter by Robert Burns: Scotland’s Most Haunted Poem2020-10-15T21:17:09+00:00

July 2018

The Brahan Seer: Scotland’s Nostradumus

2020-10-16T19:52:00+00:00

The crowds gathered at Chanonry Point, a spit of land which extends into the Moray Firth, between the Black Isle towns of Fortrose and Rosemarkie. The curse proclaiming the downfall of the house of Seaforth was still ringing in their ears. Isabella, Countess of Seaforth, was undeterred. She would have her revenge upon the man [...]

The Brahan Seer: Scotland’s Nostradumus2020-10-16T19:52:00+00:00

January 2018

Scottish Graveyards: From a Multi-purpose Commodity to a Dying World

2020-10-17T19:22:12+00:00

Down through the ages, Scottish graveyards or kirkyards have had a variety of uses other than laying our dear departed to rest. This includes the following: being used as market places, being used as prisons, wapinschaw, weapons practice, feeding grounds for animals and inspiration for writers such as Charles Dickens and J K Rowling. [...]

Scottish Graveyards: From a Multi-purpose Commodity to a Dying World2020-10-17T19:22:12+00:00

Cluny Hill in Forres: From the Witches Stone to the Colours of Cluny

2020-10-17T19:23:49+00:00

The Colours of Cluny is a recently established outdoor sound and light show held on Cluny Hill in Grant Park in the picturesque town of Forres in Moray during the late autumn. This event is organised by the Forres Features Community Interest Group and produced by the same producers as the famous Enchanted Forest in [...]

Cluny Hill in Forres: From the Witches Stone to the Colours of Cluny2020-10-17T19:23:49+00:00

December 2017

Why Was the Skull and Crossbones Carved On So Many Old Scottish Gravestones?

2020-10-17T19:39:56+00:00

A visit to Elgin Cathedral reveals a haphazard array of tombstones eerily carved with the skull and crossbones, coffins and hourglasses. It seems almost morbid and creepy to us with our modern sensitivities and a culture where talk of death is taboo but let’s rewind back a few hundred years to post-reformation Scotland. In a [...]

Why Was the Skull and Crossbones Carved On So Many Old Scottish Gravestones?2020-10-17T19:39:56+00:00
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