Sunday, 1 May 2011

Glamis Castle

Glamis Castle is situated beside the village of Glamis in Angus, Scotland.
It is the ancestral home of the Earl and Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne, and was the childhood home of Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, best known as the Queen Mother.
Her second daughter, Princess Margaret, was born here in 1930. 

Glamis Castle was the setting for Shakespeare’s bloodthirsty tragedy Macbeth and is reputedly Scotland’s most haunted castle

The Italian-inspired garden

The Victorian kitchen...


The family chapel is haunted by a Grey Lady, who is said to be the spirit of Lady Janet Douglas, burned at the stake as a witch on Castle Hill, Edinburgh in 1537, on charges of plotting to poison the King. It is likely that the charges were fabricated for political motives. The apparition has been seen relatively recently in the chapel by a number of witnesses. She is also said to appear above the Clock Tower.

The ghost of a woman with no tongue is said to haunt the grounds, and to look out from a barred window somewhere within the castle. She runs about the park pointing at her mutilated face. There is no suggestion as to who she might be.

A young black boy, the ghost of a Negro servant who was badly treated around 200 years ago, haunts a stone seat by the door of the Queen's bedroom.

One of the more infamous ghosts is known as Earl Beardie, who is otherwise known as Alexander, Earl Crawford. Allegedly he was a cruel and wicked man, probably stemming from his rebellion against James II. His spirit is said to wander the castle, and there have been reports of children waking to find the figure leaning over their beds. He is also said to be gambling for all eternity in a secret room with the Devil, people have reported loud swearing and the rattling of dice.

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