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Lanarkshire Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Opening Doors

Location: Glasgow - Central Hotel
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1976-1982
Further Comments: A former worker at the hotel reported that they would walk around during the early hours of the morning closing all the fire doors on the fourth floor, which would then reopen and close themselves a few moments later.

Old Lady

Location: Glasgow - Commercial property, St Vincent Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2008
Further Comments: A witness who spotted an elderly woman staring at herself in a mirror in the men's toilets found humour in the situation until he told a colleague about the incident. Realising that the woman was wearing old fashioned clothing, that no one of that age worked in the building, and that security would not let anyone off the street in, the witness returned to the toilet and found it empty. Workers nearby had not seen anyone leave.

Auld Wives Lifts

Location: Glasgow - Craigmaddie Muir
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: These three stones are said to have been carried here by a trio of married women who wanted to know who could carry the heaviest weight. They are set out so two of the stones carry the third, and another legend states that if one visits the site and does not climb through the hole, then they will die before having children.

The Gurning Man

Location: Glasgow - Crosshill area
Type: Other
Date / Time: 1976-1979
Further Comments: A story popular on the internet says that over a four year period several women were said to have encountered a strange looking man who made animalistic sounds. The figure appeared in both homes and along streets, quickly vanishing without trace.


Location: Glasgow - Dalmarnock Road Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1972
Further Comments: A man in his 30s wearing black trousers and a blue coat was seen to leap over the bridge by one witness, only to vanish into thin air.

Falling Man

Location: Glasgow - Edinburgh Road, Cranhill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: November 2016
Further Comments: While walking towards a shop, one witness watched a man stumble across the road holding his throat before falling against a fence. As the witness approached, the figure vanished.

Deil's Kirkyard

Location: Glasgow - Former marshland (no longer present, replaced by yachting pond, Camphill Park)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1830
Further Comments: The site where the fallen from the Battle of Langside were buried, a woman staying nearby watched as the dead rose and marched down the nearby road. The woman ran to her minister, who is said to have exorcised the ghosts so they never appeared again.

Two Men Walking

Location: Glasgow - George Street
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Seen in the early hours of the morning, these two shades out for a walk wore eighteenth century clothing.

Lady in Green

Location: Glasgow - Gothic villa close to Springburn Park
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown - twentieth century?
Further Comments: A woman wearing a long green dress was once said to wander the property with her dog.


Location: Glasgow - Govan Old Parish Church
Type: Other
Date / Time: Circa early 2012
Further Comments: A video recorded by Chinese tourists at Govan Old Parish Church appears to show Princess Diana standing by a stained glass window. The jury appears to be out to whether the footage is faked, an optical illusion or something a little spookier.

Taken by Fairies?

Location: Glasgow - Govan Road
Type: Other
Date / Time: 01 January 1966
Further Comments: While out in the early hours of New Year's Day in the company of his two elder brothers, Alex Cleghorn vanished while standing by their sides, and was never seen again. A few of the locals said it was the little folk, as who else could have pulled off such a disappearing act?

Shawled Woman

Location: Glasgow - Grahams Bar (now O'Brien's), Saltmarket
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: An elderly woman wearing a shawl covering her head would once make infrequent appearances to staff and visitors alike.


Location: Glasgow - High Street, just after The Royal Infirmary and to the Tolbooth Clock
Type: Environmental Manifestation
Date / Time: 1996-1997
Further Comments: On three occasions between 1996 and 1997, a witness (and on one occasion, their friend) looked out the window of their flat and watched the street below fill Victorian figures, including ladies with long dresses, workmen carrying hods and horses and carriages. Each time the scene lasted for around ten minutes.

Former Wife of a Caretaker

Location: Glasgow - Hutchesons' Hall, Ingram Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s-2005
Further Comments: A former worker at this site said it was haunted by a grey lady, who could have been the wife of a caretaker or a cleaner. The entity would open and close doors and would be seen looking out of a window from the street. Footsteps would also be heard on the site.

Devil on Top

Location: Glasgow - Jack's Mountain (no longer standing)
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Circa 1950s
Further Comments: Jack's Mountain was a local name for a massive pile of rubbish and slag which stood, by some accounts, 30 metres tall. A local legend said that the Devil lurked on top.

Man Holding Throat

Location: Glasgow - Langbar, Easterhouse
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970
Further Comments: A tenant in a flat here reported their home as being haunted by a former occupant, who was seen walking around the site holding his throat. A priest was called to perform an exorcism, although the outcome of the ritual is not known.

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.


Location: Glasgow - Radio Clyde, Studio Three
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: This radio station is home to an entity that has left deep scratch marks on the arms of one guest and is blamed for any technical failure.

Glowing Girl

Location: Glasgow - Riverside Museum
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: August 2016
Further Comments: A photograph taken at this museum revealed a pale, bright little girl waving at the camera. Some claimed the image showed a ghostly Victorian child, while others believed the photograph to be an over-exposed person or a photoshopped fake.

Lady with Grey Hair

Location: Glasgow - Rosshall hospital
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: January 2008
Further Comments: A grey haired lady who died in theatre three many years ago is still said to haunt the area. Staff report a fleeting glance of her ghost before it vanishes.

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