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Renfrewshire Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

A skull-headed horseman.

Dark Horseman

Location: Ellistoun - Ellistoun Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: December nights (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Possessing a grinning skull barren of flesh, this dark horseman and his black steed gallop furiously down muddy paths towards the nearby waterfalls.

Train Driver?

Location: Inchinnan - Private residence, Luckingsford Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1993 - 2013
Further Comments: A witness spotted an unidentified man using a sink. The man wore a uniform like an old fashioned train driver, and vanished after turning towards the witness. Power sources would deplete without reason, including car batteries and temporary generators deployed by Scottish Power.


Location: Kilmalcolm - Private residence
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1985
Further Comments: A woman living here would feel tapping on her shoulder when no other members of the family were nearby. Children who were not there could be heard calling names, and an older lady was seen climbing the stairs, even though she was not known to the family and could not be found on the upper floor when looked for.

Floating Beds

Location: Paisley - Alexandra Nursing Home (formerly Royal Alexander Infirmary Hospital), Calside
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: August 1994 - May 1999
Further Comments: A former staff member claimed that some of her colleagues had experienced paranormal phenomena at the building. These included hearing footsteps in the loft (the area was padlocked off), a phantom man dragging what looked like a body bag, beds being elevated and pushed away from the wall, and noises of running water and whispers in rooms where residents were asleep.

Crushed Children

Location: Paisley - Area around the Piazzia
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: One of the buildings in this area was once a theatre. During a performance, smoke was spotted which made the audience, mostly children, try to escape what they believed to be a fire. It turned out to be a false alarm, but unfortunately several children were crushed to death in the stampede. Their shades are now reported to lurk in the area, still dressed in old clothing.

Heavy Footsteps

Location: Paisley - Art College
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: Two teachers at the college heard heavy footsteps walking in a locked room. When investigated, they found nothing, but the footsteps repeated their movements twice more over the following half hour. Whispering in empty rooms was also common, and one teacher found heavy clays moved around his work area - it took three people to lift the clay back to its original position.

Lady of Glen Coats

Location: Paisley - Coats Hospital, Ferguslie Park (no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: This shade could be heard playing the piano in the upper part of the building, when not standing over sleeping patients. She may be the same ghost as the 'White Witch', another entity from the same locale.


Location: Paisley - Gym (name withheld)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 27 July 2011
Further Comments: Disembodied footsteps on a staircase were reported by one user of this building. It is said that other people have seen a shadow which swiftly vanishes.

Fire Starters

Location: Paisley - Hillhead House (likely no longer standing)
Type: Other
Date / Time: 1905
Further Comments: A band of boys claiming to be ghost hunting managed to set fire to the property causing substantial damage. They were birched as punishment.

An old photograph of Paisley Abbey.


Location: Paisley - Paisley Abbey
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Locals report that phantom monks are still seen on occasion within the building.

Blonde Haired Man

Location: Renfrew - Barton's Bakery, Ferry Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early twenty-first century
Further Comments: While a manager has seen this ghost walk by him, a local psychic claimed that another shade is to blame for the poltergeist-like activity that has also occurred in the building.

Young Boy

Location: Renfrew - Victory Baths
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: The swimming baths are reputedly to be haunted by two phantoms. One is a young boy who diving into the pool while wearing a First World War German helmet his father had brought back from the trenches. The lad landed badly and snapped his neck. The second ghost is that of a woman dressed in white.

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