Blackness Castle

Region : Lothian
Location : Banks Of The Forth

Details : Situated on the Firth of Forth, it was built in the 15th century by the Crichtons but annexed by James II and became a royal residence. It played its part as a prison housing some high ranking individuals. The castle became a formidable stronghold with thickened walls and defensive guns, the garrison held it in support of Mary Queen of Scots for six years and It was besieged by Cromwell in 1650 who left the castle in ruins. It was restored during the Napoleonic wars when it again served as a prison.

Paranormal Phenomena : Whilst not overly publicised there has been reports of unexplained noises and the alleged apparition of an angry knight at this Castle. In the late 1990’s, a lady and her two young sons were visiting, when she was startled by the sudden appearance of a knight in armour whom, she claimed, chased her angrily from the tower.

A group of ghost enthusiasts, who persuaded the custodian to allow them to stay over night one Halloween, were disturbed by the constant noise of furniture being scraped and banged across the stone floor of the room beneath them. On investigating nothing was discovered out of place. However the noises recommenced the moment he returned to his companions.

In an Interview for the .ghosthaunted website, Richard Jones admitted to the question “In all the investigations and walks where are the best and worst places you have investigated” that Blackness Castle near Edinburgh was the worst. “It terrified me!”

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