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Clackmannanshire Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana


Location: Alloa - Alloa Tower
Type: Curse
Date / Time: 1500-1800
Further Comments: One long, detailed curse resulted in the Erskines' losing their home (amongst other personal disasters), and now the castle remains empty.


Location: Alloa - Carsebridge House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The attic of this building is reputedly haunted, although the details are scant.

Horse Dog

Location: Alloa - Inglewood Pond
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1975 and 1997
Further Comments: Previously spotted in 1975 by two women, the 1997 witness reported seeing a strange horse with the legs of a dog prancing around the woods in broad daylight. The entity quickly vanished.

Fairy Hill

Location: Alva - Alva Glen
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Famed for its fairies, these pesky fellows kidnapped a local baker's wife - she was only returned after her husband broke the fairy spell by accidentally standing on one leg.

Never offer a Brownie a gift.


Location: Dollar - Boghall Farm
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Resembling a hairy man, the brownie who worked at the farm was happy with a small bundle of hay on which he slept during the day. Unfortunately, during a harsh winter, the farmer's wife grew concerned about the brownie's wellbeing and offered him a blanket, unaware that it would be considered an insult. The brownie left.

Farming Fairies

Location: Dollar - Craiginnan farm (no longer standing)
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The little people would visit the farm and assist in the gathering of crops. In return, farmer David Wright would leave the best fleeces for them during the sheering season. The helpfulness of the fairies ended when David died - his son took over the running of the farm, but mistreated the fairies, who in turn ensured the farm animals sickened and died. The son died soon after, and the farm eventually becoming a ruin.

An old postcard showing Dollar in Scotland.

Floating Stone

Location: Dollar - Deil's Cradle, found on a glen which was known as Burngrens
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: 31 October (reoccurring)
Further Comments: The stone was said to float in the air on Halloween's night, the Devil sitting upon it, surrounded by witches, until dawn breaks the following morn.

Female Spirit

Location: Dollar - Maiden Well, Glenqueich (north of Castle Campbell)
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Taking the form of a spirit, but considered to be fairy in nature, a beautiful woman would occasionally manifest, formed from the mist of the well. One person who summoned the entity was grabbed by her and dragged to the bottom of the well.

Lamenting Woman

Location: Menstrie - Farmland in the area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: On dark and still nights
Further Comments: Driven from her land by the onset of farming, a fairy maiden would return on some nights, crying over the land which once belonged to her and her people.

Helpful Folk

Location: Muckhart - Hole Burn Stream
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Once upon a time, the stream dried up and the lack of water caused hardship to local farmers. Those who had been respectful to the fairies were helped by them - the farmer's crops grew and their animals flourished.


Location: Pitfairen (village is, or was, on the south bank of the River Devon) - Area where an elm tree stood
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A phantom man would be seen moving around the elm, citing a prophecy that a nearby tree would be cut down and made into a cradle, which in turn would be used by a child who would grow up and talk to the phantom. The prophecy came to pass, with the ghost revealing that he was a murderer. The phantom also gave up the location of the body which he had hidden. Once the remains were laid to rest, the ghost never returned.


Location: Tillicoultry - Old Churchyard
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: An evil laird died a few days after punching a monk. The laird was buried but a day later the fist which he raised against the monk was protruding from the ground. The limb was reburied, but the following day it was raised again. The cycle of burial and emergence occurred for seven days until the locals could take no more and placed a massive stone on top of the grave, preventing the hand from returning.

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