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Aberdeen Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Bell Ringing

Location: Aberdeen - Aberdeen Central Library
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2008
Further Comments: The East of Scotland Paranormal Society investigated this building and claimed to have heard footsteps, whispering, and the sound of a bell.

Victorian Lady

Location: Aberdeen - Amatola Hotel (no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This phantasmal female figure was observed on the lower landing of the hotel. She was said to have been the daughter of one of the former owners of the building.

White Lady

Location: Aberdeen - Ardoe House Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990?
Further Comments: The daughter of a previous owner, this shade is thought to have returned after the girl's suicide. She is said to walk down the staircase dressed in nightwear.


Location: Aberdeen - Arts Centre, 31 Kings Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: July 2008
Further Comments: The centre is said to be haunted by a maid who still loiters around the old top floor flat and along corridors, while a floating face haunts the Green Room. The Aberdeen Ghost Hunters group investigated the site and recorded electrical interference and EVP.

Earth Hound

Location: Aberdeen - Churchyard, Mastrick
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1915
Further Comments: Earth hounds are said to be the size of a rat, but with a dog-like head and feet of a mole. They live in churchyards and eat the recently buried. A dead earth hound was reportedly ploughed up in the Mastrick churchyard.

John Walker

Location: Aberdeen - Cocket Hat public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1973 onwards
Further Comments: First spotted by barmaid Agnes McInnes, the ghost of the former landlord Walker is more commonly fleetingly seen.


Location: Aberdeen - Constitution Street
Type: SHC
Date / Time: 19 February 1888
Further Comments: The remains of an aging soldier were discovered in a barn along this road; much of the body had been reduced to ash, though the face was recognisable. The bales of straw that surrounded him had failed to catch fire.


Location: Aberdeen - Former Halls of Residence
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early 1990s and 2002
Further Comments: One student reported hearing pacing along a corridor. When the sound was investigated, no one was there. The same student also awoke to hear someone repeating their name, although the room was unoccupied by anyone else at the time. Several years later, a tall dark figure which vanished was reported by one girl.

Hooded Figure

Location: Aberdeen - Grassy area near a bus stop on the Kincorthland Estate
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 01 January 1970, 05:45h
Further Comments: A cloaked, hooded and masked phantom figure was seen in the early hours of the morning by a woman walking to the bus stop on her way to work. She felt an overwhelming urge to approach the entity, which dissolved like mist and vanished into the grass.

Sitting Man

Location: Aberdeen - Hillhead Halls of Residence
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2006
Further Comments: A student woke up to discover a man sitting on a chair next to her bed. The student screamed and the figure vanished. Another student in the room next door also claimed to have seen something dark move past while looking in a mirror.


Location: Aberdeen - His Majesty's Theatre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre-1982, and 2006
Further Comments: A former stagehand who lost his head in an accident at the theatre prior to the Second World War, Jake disappeared after building work was completed in 1982. However, when renovation work started again, contractors began to report the sound of someone in high heels walking around empty areas of the theatre.


Location: Aberdeen - King Street, former Barracks (currently Grampian Transport?)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: A Captain with the Gordon Highlanders, this officer lost his bottle prior to being shipped overseas and took his own life. His ghost remains trapped within the building.


Location: Aberdeen - Old Fire Station, King Street (now student accommodation)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: February 2006
Further Comments: A former student who stayed here recalled how a silhouetted figure walked towards him as he stood in the shower - the witness jumped out of the way, injuring his heal. A couple of months later the student was told that the building was reputedly haunted. It is said that several fire fighters based at the site when it was operation had encountered a figure in Victorian uniform, who was said to be a man who died while saving a child.

Orange Lights

Location: Aberdeen - Over city
Type: UFO
Date / Time: July 2006
Further Comments: A handful of reports concerning strange lights were recorded during 2006. One family observed six orange lights hovering in the sky before appearing to disintegrate.

Naked Man

Location: Aberdeen - Palace Hotel
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Early twentieth century
Further Comments: This unclothed ghost hammered at the windows of the hotel for the period of a week. When finally spotted and approached, he floated away leaving no footprints in freshly laid snow.

Large Purple Fingers

Location: Aberdeen - St Machar Cathedral
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: Three schoolchildren reported seeing three strange purple fingers with long black nails, unnaturally long, emerging from the cathedral door. They ran.

Going Down

Location: Aberdeen - St Nicholas House
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: July 1998
Further Comments: Two council workers watched a dark haired lady enter a lift, but when they also stepped inside a few seconds later, she had vanished.

The Clencher

Location: Aberdeen - Union Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Many people have reported feeling this entity grab their arms or legs, holding on for several seconds before letting go. It is believed to be a little girl who died violently nearby.

Indian Child

Location: Aberdeen - White Dove Hotel (no longer standing)
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This young Indian girl manifested and stood by a guest in the hotel who was dying of fever - the nurse who saw the ghost said it had terrible injuries on the neck, so severe that she fainted. When the nurse regained consciousness, the strange little girl had gone and the patient was dead.

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