Fife - Paranormal Database Records

 
Macduff's Castle

Location: Lindores - Body of water nicknamed Sillar Lake (likely to be currently known as Lindores Loch)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present?
Further Comments: Traces of a castle thought to have belonged to Macduff exist in the village, and an old legend says that before the castle was ransacked, the treasure was thrown into a lake.


 
White Horse

Location: Lochgelly - Old house (may no longer stand) on the banks of Loch Gelly, Powguild
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A white horse once haunted the area around the house. Another animal ghost was reputedly a mole - a former resident declared that she would haunt the garden she loved in the form of the furry mammal, and so she did.


 
Hare

Location: Logie (near Craigsanquhar) - Airdir Farm
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This ghost is said to be a witch, who evaded capture by transforming herself into a hare.


 
Petrified Witch

Location: Lomond Hills - Carlin Maggie
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: This large column of rock is reportedly Maggie the Witch, who failed the Devil on so many occasions he finally hit her with lightning and turned her to stone. Another version of the story says Maggie deliberately antagonised the devil, resulting in her petrification.


 
Tall Man

Location: Lomond Hills - General area
Type: Other
Date / Time: 1674
Further Comments: While John Wellwood stood preaching to a crowd of locals, soldiers arrived nearby and opened fire at the congregation. Bullets landed all around the group, but not a single round hit John or his crowd. Witnesses later said that a tall man had manifested above the crowd during the incident.


 
Beast of Balbirnie

Location: Markinch - Woods in the area
Type: ABC
Date / Time: 2005
Further Comments: Over thirty sightings of a large cat were made in Fife over a twelve month period. Several animal carcasses were found torn to pieces and a ten centimetre long cat footprint was found in soft earth.


 
Thrummy Cap

Location: Methill - Former Second Earl of Wemyss property, which was shaped like a ship
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Likely pre-nineteenth century
Further Comments: Thrummy Cap was the name given to the ghost of a carpenter who worked on the house but was not paid. The carpenter's debts resulted in the man drowning himself in the harbour, and his ghost took to haunting the property around midnight.


 
Green Jeannie

Location: Milton of Balgonie - Balgonie Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This florescent shade drifts through the older parts of the building, always after dusk. A soldier with a musket has been reported in the courtyard.


 
Laird Beardie

Location: Moonzie, Fife - Lordscairnie Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 31 December, Midnight (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Beardie played cards against the Devil and lost - the fateful game is now replayed once a year, though it is warned that anyone watching the game will also travel to hell with the Laird at the end of the match.


 
Lady of Denmylne

Location: Newburgh - Area around Denmylne
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Wracked by guilt for cheating people out of flour, this ghost walks around mumbling 'the little lippie and the licht stane, gars me wander here my lane'.


 
Screaming

Location: Newburgh - MacDuff's Cross
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The cross was once a place where criminals could claim sanctuary, providing they could prove kinship with the Earl of Fife. The haunting screams belong to those who failed to convince others of their relationship with the laird.


 
Lady with Child

Location: Otterstoun (aka Ottertown and Otterstown) - Unnamed house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Not much more can be said about the ghostly woman with a child which haunted a property here.


 
Whispering

Location: Pittenweem - Tolbooth Tower
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: June 2013
Further Comments: While investigating the tower, both Gregor Stewart and his son left after feeling unwell. When they played back their audio recording of the ghost hunt, whispering could be heard around the time they departed.


 
Anne Erskine

Location: Saint Monance - Kellie Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century?
Further Comments: Anne is still seen around the area where she plummeted to her death. Another ghost, Professor James Lorimer, sits in a castle corridor - he restored the building from a ruin in the late nineteenth century.


 
Lammikin

Location: Saline - Killernie Castle
Type: Other
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A former home of wizard Sir Michael Scott, this site is better known as being the possible location featured in the folk song Lammikin, where a unpaid mason murders a woman and a child in the castle which he is owed money for constructing.


 
Charles Manford

Location: St Andrews - Byre Theatre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: Though never seen, the non-threatening presence of the former owner is often felt or heard, and is considered reassuring. The ghost moved with the theatre after it was pulled down in 1970, and relocated under half a kilometre down the road.


 
Archbishop Hamilton

Location: St Andrews - Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A supporter of Mary Queen of Scots, Hamilton was arrested and hanged. His shade returned to this castle (though he was neither caught nor executed here).


 
White Woman

Location: St Andrews - Cathedral
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This pale, lost shade could belong to one of the mummified bodies that were removed from a nearby tower in the mid nineteenth century. A monk has been seen on the staircase, offering to help anyone struggling to ascend the tower.


 
Thomas Plater

Location: St Andrews - Former Dormitory
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: Plater was said to have remained earthbound after his death as a result of brutally murdering Prior Robert of Montrose before evening prayer.


 
Knox

Location: St Andrews - General area
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: 1570
Further Comments: John Knox was banished from St Andrew after he raised the Devil. The event was supposedly witnessed by Knox's servant Richard Bannatyne, who became insane and died shortly after.


 
Something Terrible

Location: St Andrews - Hospitum Novum (only the gateway currently remains?)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre 1893
Further Comments: The entity which haunted the New Inns, reputedly built to receive Princess Magdalene, wife of James V, was so upsetting that the building was destroyed.


 
Giant's Stone

Location: St Andrews - Large stone in the area of Mount Melville
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown if still present
Further Comments: Outraged at having the steeple of a church at St Andrews ruining his view, a giant living at Drumcarrow Craig tried to throw a rock at the structure. He missed and the rock fell short, and was said to have remained on the mount.


 
Home

Location: St Andrews - Small knoll close to the Martyr's Monument, and nearby Witch Lake
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Fairies were once thought to live around the knoll, which local legend says was also used as a site to burn witches if they survived their dunking at nearby Witch Lake.


 
Bodach Glas

Location: St Andrews - St Andrews' Golf Course
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Prior to death
Further Comments: A nobleman playing golf on the course stopped midgame, claiming to have seen the Bodach Glas, or grey haired man, which warned of impending death in his family. He died later that night.


 
Pedlar

Location: St Andrews - Unidentified cellar along South Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A murdered pedlar was said to have taken up haunting a cellar along this street, brushing a icy hand across the cheek of visitors.


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