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Lanarkshire Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

White Hare

Location: Airdrie - Area which was once known as Lover's Leap, on the road towards Faskine
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Eighteenth century?
Further Comments: The manifestation of a white hare would warn the Kerr family of impending doom. The site known as Lover's Leap marked the spot where a Kerr woman was found dead (along with her lover) shortly after this magic white hare was spotted.

Large Prints

Location: Airdrie - Easter Dunsyston Farm
Type: ABC
Date / Time: September 2008
Further Comments: The family at the farm reported finding two cat-like paw prints in fresh mud, fifteen centimetres in length.

Mowing Devil

Location: Airdrie - Unidentified farmer's field, North Burn
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A witch by the name of Maggie Ramsey was said to have summoned the devil to assist her in a mowing contest, although he remained invisible to anyone without second sight.


Location: Blantyre - The David Livingstone Centre
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: July 1982
Further Comments: With small items vanishing without trace, only to reappear several months later, it is no wonder that staff here believed the building to have a resident spirit. Some nicknamed the entity Old Davy, though it is unclear whether the ghost was that of David Livingstone who once worked here. In July 1982 three witnesses watched an apparition walk past them and vanish.


Location: Braidwood - Wooded area between Braidwood and Crossford, near St Oswald's Chapel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A monastery once stood near these woods, and even though it has long since vanished, the bells can be occasionally heard ringing out and a ghostly monk walks between the trees.


Location: Chapelhall - Area around former coal mine
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local story says that if you stand in the same place where miners loitered, you could see their ghosts.

Bishop Cameron

Location: Chryston - Bedlay Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: Just as likely to be heard stomping around as he is to be seen, the Bishop's ghost is said to date back almost seven hundred years, from when he was discovered floating face down in a large pond that was on the site.

Benevolent Voices

Location: Coatbridge - Private house near Showcase Leisure Park
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 2005 - 2012
Further Comments: Scratching, loud banging, disembodied footsteps and flashing lights were experienced in this home, as well as strange unidentifiable ringing during the night. Voices emerged from children's toys which tried to warn of an upcoming event. One child reported seeing the apparition of tall old woman, while another would talk to something other family members could not see.

Victorian Couple

Location: Coulter - Near Windgate House, also known as The Vaults
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1920s
Further Comments: A farmer taking his sheep home late one night stumbled across a man and woman wearing Victorian clothing just outside Windgate House. The farmer bid them a 'Good evening', upon which the figures vanished. The following morning, the man discovered his hair had turned completely white.

Singing Child

Location: Crawford - Old Post Horn Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Child unknown, man seen 1980s
Further Comments: This young infant was run over by a coach and four outside the inn but is still heard today. The owner of the hotel during the 1980s watched a man wearing a brown cloak pass the window during a snowstorm - he went outside to investigate, but the man had vanished, and the snow was undisturbed.

Roman Soldiers

Location: Crawford - Watling Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Cut off at the knees, ten ghostly Roman soldiers are said to walk along the street.

Possibly Mary

Location: Crossford - Craignethan Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mary unknown, other activity circa 1990
Further Comments: The headless woman reported in the castle grounds could be Mary Queen of Scots, though her relationship with the building appears to be minimal. Workmen on the site claimed to have seen a figure in the ruins and heard voices.


Location: Crossford - Valley International Park
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2004
Further Comments: Workers at the park have seen wheelbarrows moving on their own accord, and strange misty figures walking around the grounds. One man watched a plate stop and start spinning in the kitchen, with no one else present.

Wailing Woman

Location: East Kilbride - Hospital grounds along Eaglesham Road
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 04 March 2005, around 00:30h
Further Comments: A pair of friends walking along the road had a strange, uncontrollable compulsion to lift the cover of a storm drain. The sound of a woman's sobbing could be heard from the hole, which quickly became a wail. When they spotted a glowing mist coming towards them from the drain, the friends regained control of their bodies and fled from the area.


Location: East Kilbride - Jenny Cameron's grave
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s
Further Comments: A well respected rebel from the Jacobite movement, a ball of light was often seen floating around her grave at dusk during the mid-twentieth century.

Murdered Woman

Location: East Kilbride - Mains Castle, Lymekilns
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Throttled by her husband during a domestic row (he was convinced she was having an affair), the lady has insisted on returning several times after her murder.

Hall Keeper

Location: East Kilbride - Village Theatre (was the Public Hall)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The ghost of one of the men once charged with maintaining the building still carries on with his work many years after shuffling off his mortal coil.

Woman in White

Location: Eddlewood - Disused (private) land between Eddlewood and Quarter
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: A witness who played here as a child reported that a woman in a white or grey dress would walk down a path and vanish as she crossed a bridge. Wailing and sobbing would be heard in the area after dusk.

He Who Listens

Location: Fenwick - Kiwi Lodge Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid-to-late-twentieth century
Further Comments: Helen Blanchfield watched a man watching her as she played on the piano. She tried to talk to him, but he vanished.

Three Orange Globes

Location: Glasgow - London Road, Carm
Type: UFO
Date / Time: Circa 1979, 16:40h
Further Comments: An apprentice joiner spotted three bright orange globe-shaped lights in the sky while walking from work. He rushed home and told his parents, who laughed at his tale until a local radio broadcast mentioned several people had reported orange lights over the city.

Septimus Pitt

Location: Glasgow - Mitchell Library
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: Although Pitt the phantom is the creation of Scottish poet Brian Whittingham, staff at the library have reported icy chills on the second floor.

Young Woman

Location: Glasgow - Multi-storey car park
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2007 or 2008
Further Comments: While talking to her friend by her car on the fourth level, one driver watched a young woman walk across the car park, jump up onto the edge before jumping off. The driver was extremely upset, and asked her friend to check the young woman was okay - but there was no body and no evidence anyone had fallen.

Screaming Children

Location: Glasgow - Museum of Transport
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twenty-first century
Further Comments: A museum security guard reported encountering several spooky occurrences during his time working here, including the screams of children, balls of blue light and sightings of a headless woman.

Disappearing Lady

Location: Glasgow - Private flat, Woodlands area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late 1990s
Further Comments: A few spooky occurrences were reported as happening over a twenty-five year period, including a lady who would vanish, screaming, and loud banging.

Shadow with No Hand

Location: Glasgow - Private House, Duke Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Several unexplainable events have occurred in this building, including the sight of a shadow that approached the witness with its arms in the air (it was noticed that the shadow had a hand missing) and a phantom dog that played with children on site.

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