Is Tantallon Castle haunted?
Tantallon Castle is a semi-ruined mid-14th-century fortress, situated east of North Berwick, East Lothian, Scotland. It sits upon a promontory, opposite the Bass Rock, looking out onto the Firth of Forth.
This is the last medieval curtain wall castle to be constructed in Scotland. The Tantallon Castle haunted looking exterior comprises a single wall blocking off the headland, with the other three sides naturally protected by sea cliffs.
Tantallon was constructed in the 14th century by William Douglas, the 1st Earl of Douglas. It was then passed to his illegitimate son, George Douglas – whom later become the Earl of Angus – and despite several sieges, it remained the property of the family for much of its history. It was besieged by King James IV in 1491, and again by his successor James V in 1528, when extensive damage was done. Tantallon saw action in the First Bishops’ War in 1639, and again during Oliver Cromwell’s ruthless invasion of Scotland in 1651, when it was once more severely damaged.
It was sold by the Marquis of Douglas in 1699 to Hew Dalrymple, Lord North Berwick, and the ruin is today in the care of Historic Scotland.
So Is Tantallon Castle haunted?
In March 2009, psychology professor Richard Wiseman released a photograph taken at Tantallon Castle, it appeared to show the top half of a man standing behind railings in a wall opening, which would have once been a door into a long gone room. The image, taken in May 2008 and sent to Wiseman as part of a research project, was described in The Times as showing a “courtly figure dressed in a ruff”. Wiseman stated that no costumed guides were present at Tantallon and that three photographic experts have confirmed that the image had not been manipulated. A second photo, taken 30 years earlier, and showing a different figure in a similar location, was printed in The Scotsman a few days later in response to Wiseman’s photograph and claims.
One unusual situation that has arisen from this location, while visiting, was the atmosphere within the pit-prison. Not only had it caused my wife to be ill and to leave the area, but it also caused the same type of feelings within myself at a separate time.
In conjunction with the audio capture of a boy apparently singing, and reports of some locals who have also witnessed ghostly going-on at this fantastic location, we have all the conditions for what may be a very active mysterious castle in Scotland. How close this gets us to the answer of “Is Tantallon Castle haunted” will be left to the reader.
Please do enjoy the latest video & photographs from Tantallon Castle in Scotland…..
“Tantallon Castle is a semi-ruined mid-14th-century fortress, situated east of North Berwick, East Lothian, Scotland. It sits upon a promontory, opposite the Bass Rock, looking out onto the Firth of Forth. This is the last medieval curtain wall castle to be constructed in Scotland, Tantallon Castle comprises a single wall blocking off the headland, with the other three sides naturally protected by sea cliffs.”
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