Fernie Castle

Region : Fife
Location : Letham, by Cupar
Details : Advertised as a privately owned 14th century Castle now hotel, it is possible that it dates to the 13th century although the present structuure incorporates a 16th century L-plan tower house with modern extensions.

Paranormal Phenomena :
Allegedly haunted by a young girl who hid in a small room in the west tower, whilst running away from her father who had disapproved of her marriage. When found, and during the struggle to bring her downstairs she is said to have fallen to her death. But did she fall or was she pushed ?
It is said that she can be seen dressed in a green robe with a high neck in the guests bedrooms in the west tower.

There is some kinetic activity reported which centers on lights and electrical appliances.

Ferniehirst Castle

Region : Roxburghshire
Location : Jedburgh
Details : The house itself is a long main block of three storeys, having a circular tower projecting from the E. angle : two wings, both at the SW end and make the plan T-shaped. The wing projecting northwards contains the main staircase as well as three floors above it, while the other, extending southwards, had a kitchen on the lowest floor. Its upper floor is fragmentary. The oldest parts are late 15th Century these are the vaulted chambers used for storage on the ground floor and the domestic area known as the Kerr Kitchen, connected by a tiny mural “left-handed” staircase.

The castle was taken and sacked by the English in 1523, but was recaptured with French help in 1549. Sir Thomas Kerr’s raid of caused damage at Ferniehirt. The castle was rebuilt about 1598.

Paranormal Phenomena : A Green Lady is said to have been witnessed in this castle. It is alleged that unusual occurrences were reported during its time as a youth hostel, the tales are uncorroborated.

Finavon Castle

Region : Angus
Location : Forfar
Details : the original 14th century castle is ruinous, however in 1856 a new castle was constructed nearby. It is the ruin which has the paranormal phenomena associated.

Paranormal Phenomena : The most enduring apparitions at this castle would appear to be a White Lady and a Blue Lady.

A White Lady haunts the dungeons area, St Margaret’s Tower and the ramparts, seen as recently as 1987 beckoning. Local legend assets that this is Margaret Pomeroy, who was imprisoned in the dungeons by her sister Eleanor and starved to death.

A Blue Lady, widely regarded as a harbinger to the Seymour family, wanders the ruin : In folklore she was raped by her father, who then strangled the resulting child in one of the upper rooms.

A local Legend tells of two brothers besieged at the castle, who, dressed in full armour, mounted their horses and rode off the top of the castle ramparts rather than face capture and death. The area has been termed since as the Pomeroy’s leap, and is alleged to reverberate with screams and dull thuds.

In addition strange lights have been witnessed, voices have been heard, and there have been reported cold spots and freak winds, although the latter is always possible in an open ruin.

Other apparitions reported include a lady in a grey dress, a Cavalier type figure, and strange shadows. Many visitors to the ruin have reported a feeling of unease.

Fyvie Castle

Region : Aberdeenshire
Location : Turriff
Details : in 1214 it was the court of William the Lion. It is a Large L-plan castle with very long wings and Five towers. Each of the five families built one tower: Preston, Meldrum, Seton, Gordon and Leith. The center, or main block, is known as Seton Tower, which forms a grand arched entrance. This work was commissioned by Alexander Seton, Earl of Dunfermline in 1599. Meldrum Tower on the left, Preston Tower to the right. The Gordon Tower was added in 1777, and in 1890 the Leith Tower was built. The latter was modeled on Huntly Castle, and contains music and billiard rooms, and a gallery and organ.

Paranormal Phenomena : The castle is alleged to be haunted by a Green Lady , and there have been unexplained shrieks and footsteps within the castle. The Douglas room has a stain, which will not wash away

On 8th May 1601 Lady Lilies Drummond, First wife of Lord Alexander Seton died. Seton married again six months later to Grizel Leslie. On their wedding night (27 October) they were awakened by groans and sighs, and in the morning they found the name of Lilies Drummond carved upside down on the window ledge. Carved into the sill, facing outward and some 50 feet above the ground, the inscription can still be seen there today.

Fyvie has a staircase known as The Great Wheel Staircase and it is reputedly haunted by a green Lady, so called because of a green glowing aura. A portrait hanging in Fyvie, which is said to be that of the ghost bears only a slight resemblance to the usual suspect for the ghost – lady Drummond. Some members of the Gordon family say she appears only to them. She is also alleged to emerge from a room, known as the Haunted Chamber, and glide noiselessly through the corridors and rooms of the castle.

The skeleton of a woman was found by workmen renovating the gun room at Fyvie. The remains were given a Christian burial, but ghostly disturbances are said to have increased to the point that the bones were dug up and returned to the castle.

Fyvie Castle is also alleged to be haunted by the ghost of a phantom trumpeter who first made his appearance there in the 18th century. The trumpeter, a man called Andrew Lammie, fell for Agnes Smith, the local miller’s daughter (her parents did not approve of Andrew Lammie.)

Learning that Andrew and Agnes were meeting in secret the Laird, who himself wanted the girl as his mistress, had Andrew seized and sent in slavery to the West Indies. After several years Andrew managed to escape and return to Scotland to look for his beloved Agnes, only to discover that she had died a short while after he had been forcibly taken abroad. Andrew died of shock but before his death swore that the sound of a trumpet would foretell the death of every laird of Fyvie as a reminder of the terrible injustice he had suffered.

Shortly after Andrew’s death the haunting of Fyvie began and for many years afterwards the trumpet would be heard in the dead of night before the death of the laird. On several occasions the shadowy figure of a tall man, dressed in rich tartan, was seen by the castle wall, a figure which always disappeared when approached.