June 2020

The Feast of the Nine Maidens: A Christian Feast or a Pagan Memory

2020-10-15T18:15:24+00:00

The 18th of June is the Feast Day of the Nine Maidens in Scotland. But who were these women? Did they ever exist? Were they Christian reworkings of an ancient religion tied to Goddess worship? What is the connection between the Nine Maidens, the Cailleach and Brìde? What is their connection with Edinburgh and King [...]

The Feast of the Nine Maidens: A Christian Feast or a Pagan Memory2020-10-15T18:15:24+00:00

December 2017

Bring out the Dead! Or Brick them up Alive! Black Death in Edinburgh!

2020-10-17T19:35:22+00:00

Plague! What could be a more chilling, bloodcurdling cry in Scotland during medieval times? Not even advancing armies could inspire such dread as the approaching doom of Bubonic Plague or ‘the Black Death’. The best ghost stories always involve dark deeds and dreadful deaths and it is small wonder that Edinburgh is said to [...]

Bring out the Dead! Or Brick them up Alive! Black Death in Edinburgh!2020-10-17T19:35:22+00:00

Spectral Terrors in Edinburgh’s Tolbooth Tavern

2020-10-17T19:38:33+00:00

Edinburgh's Tolbooth Tavern is said to be haunted. From the outside, No.167 Canongate looks impressive. A huge clock overhangs the archway over Tolbooth Wynd and it is obvious that the five-storey high building is one of the Canongate’s oldest remaining constructions. Building the Tolbooth Tavern Edinburgh's Tolbooth Tavern was built in 1591 and should [...]

Spectral Terrors in Edinburgh’s Tolbooth Tavern2020-10-17T19:38:33+00:00
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