Monday, September 3, 2012

Phantoms of Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

Edinburgh Castle is arguably one of the most haunted places in Scotland, if not the world.  The original parts of it were built in the first century A.D.  Historical references known as Din Eidyn or "Fortress on the Rock", place a fortified settlement there around 600 A.D.  That's a long time ago!  It was renamed Edinburgh in 638 A.D. when the Angles captured the fortress.  The fortress became a castle in 1130 A.D. when King David I expanded the original fortress where his Mother, Queen Margaret, passed away.  He intended it to be a memorial to her as she was well known for her kindness to the less fortunate and upon her death was canonized as Saint Margaret.

Edinburgh Castle in Scotland is one of the most haunted locations in Europe hosting specters such as the phantom bagpiper and the headless drummer boy.
Edinburgh Castle in Scotland is one of the most haunted locations in Europe hosting specters such as the phantom bagpiper and the headless drummer boy.

The castle has had a torrid history as many battles have been fought there over Scottish independence.  Many Scots and Brits alike spilled their blood and died upon it's grounds and walls. Edinburgh was exposed to battle for most of it's history and changed hands many times up until the 18th century.  It was even mostly destroyed at one point only to be rebuilt in 1356.  During the Napoleonic Wars it was used as a prison to hold the captured French and their allies.


Haunted Edinburgh Castle in Scotland sits high on a hill top overlooking the city of Edinburgh
Haunted Edinburgh Castle in Scotland sits high on a hill top overlooking the city of Edinburgh

Probably one of the most unsettling periods of history for Edinburgh Castle was during the Black Plague.  At the height of the plague when fear of further outbreak was widespread, dead and dying victims were rounded up and placed into unused tunnels, vaults, and passageways underneath the grounds.  The chambers were then sealed up leaving those still inside to die a horrible death.  


The vaults of Edinburgh Castle in Scotland are a major center of paranormal activity.  Victims of the Black Plague were sealed within these passageways... some were not even dead yet.
The vaults of Edinburgh Castle in Scotland are a major center of paranormal activity.  Victims of the Black Plague were sealed within these passageways... some were not even dead yet.

To this day, those venturing into the underground passages and vaults of Edinburgh have succumbed to various types of paranormal activity.  Numerous visitors have claimed that they felt an unseen presence touch them or pull on their clothing as if someone were begging for help.  Extremely cold spots have been reported in various places on the castle grounds and many have experienced an eerie feeling of being watched by unseen eyes.  On the castle grounds and parapets as well as deep in the underground passages, there are those who claim to have seen shadow figures which are a form of spirit which takes on the appearance of a dark shadow of a person instead of an actual figure.


While construction was going on at one point in the early days of Edinburgh Castle, a tunnel system was discovered beneath the very hill that the castle was built upon.  It led along the Royal Mile towards what is known as the Palace of Holyroodhouse.  This was determined when a single man was sent into the tunnels to survey them.  He took his bagpipes with him, playing his tune as he went so that those above him could listen and determine where the tunnels were leading to.  However, at about halfway on his journey, the piper's music suddenly stopped.  When a search party was sent into the tunnel to find out what happened to the piper, they found no trace of him.  It is said that to this day, the sound of the piper's song can be faintly heard beneath and within Edinburgh Castle.



The immense Edinburgh Castle dominates the Scottish skyline as one of the most haunted structures in Europe
The immense Edinburgh Castle dominates the Scottish skyline as one of the most haunted structures in Europe

During the waring periods of Edinburgh Castle's history, a drummer boy caught up in one of the battles, was killed in the action losing his head to cannon ball or sword.  Over the centuries there has been occasions when the headless drummer boy could be seen roaming the castle grounds.  After the sighting of the headless phantom drummer boy, the castle was usually attacked by opposing armies.  This became an omen to the defenders of the castle, warning them of impending assault by enemy forces.


Edinburgh Castle is rich in Scottish history and cultural experience
Edinburgh Castle is rich in Scottish history and cultural experience

There are some things that have been lost in the castle, only to be rediscovered.  The Scottish crown jewels, among the oldest in European history, were actually lost for over one hundred years until they were discovered locked in a chest deep within Edinburgh Castle in a hidden vault.  The crown jewels as well as The Stone of Scone or also known to many as The Stone of Destiny, or The Coronation Stone, are on display in the castle so all can see a part of Scottish history that was once lost.




Edinburgh Castle is home to the Scottish Crown Jewels: the crown, the sword, and the scepter as well as The Stone of Destiny.  At one point in the history of Scotland, they were lost for over 100 years only to be found hidden within a vault deep within Edinburgh Castle.
Edinburgh Castle is home to the Scottish Crown Jewels: the crown, the sword, and the scepter as well as The Stone of Destiny which is used in Royal Coronations.  At one point in the history of Scotland, they were lost for over 100 years only to be found hidden within a vault deep within Edinburgh Castle.

References

http://www.edinburghcastle.gov.uk
wikipedia.com

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the correction Lisa Smith! Hope you enjoy our other articles.

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