Haunted Aberdour Castle
Aberdour Castle is located in the village of Aberdour, Fife.
Parts of the castle date from approximately 1200, making Aberdour Castle one of the two oldest datable castles in Scotland, along with Castle Sween in Argyll.
Let’s look at some photography from this Fife location…
1. The Early Days.
The earliest part of the castle comprised of a modest hall house, on a position that was overlooking the Dour Burn. Over the following 400 years, the castle was successively expanded. The hall house became a tower house in the 15th century, and was extended twice in the 16th century according to historical information.
2. The Infamous Douglas Held Castle.
The castle is largely the creation of the Douglas Earls of Morton, who held Aberdour from the 14th century. The Douglas earls used Aberdour Castle as a second home until around 1642, when their main residence, Dalkeith House, was sold. In 1725 the family purchased nearby Aberdour House, and the medieval castle was allowed to fall into decay unfortunately.
3. Modern Era.
Today, only the 17th-century wing remains roofed, while the tower has mostly collapsed. Aberdour Castle is now in the care of Historic Scotland, and is open to the public all year.
4. Haunted Aberdour Castle.
Quite a few years ago, in the depths of winter a group of stonemasons and labourers stood in the stables of Aberdour Castle. As they stood – chatting about the usual topics – they hunched their bodies up against the biting cold wind that whistled through the Stable door.
Suddenly the chat all stopped, “Do you hear that?” enquired one of the labourers, they all now stood deathly still, straining to hear whatever it was their friend had heard coming from the great hall up above.
They didn’t have to wait long, a loud dragging noise was heard by all present, “somebody’s moving the furniture about up there in the hall” the young apprentice said.
They all looked at each other now quite alarmed, had someone somehow managed to get into the castle during the night?
And if they had, were they still in there?
5. The Workers Stood Now Pondering.
The workers stood now pondering what their next move should be, should they ring the police, or wait for the custodian to arrive. The time was now 9.12 am, so after a quick discussion they decided to wait for the custodian to arrive, electing to post a guard at all three exits from the hall, while others stood by the Stable door awaiting the arrival of the Custodian.
A few minutes later the sound of a car was heard coming up the driveway, it was Dawn, the custodian.
They very quickly related their version of events to her, being extremely dubious of the story which she was now hearing, she asked them to take a key each and unlock all the doors to the hall at the same time.
6. What Did They See?
Once again the noise from the hall was heard, this time Dawn heard it also. Their faces pale with either fright, or anticipation of fear, they all now headed toward the exits
As they reached them they all yelled out loud and simultaneously opened the doors to great hall.
What they saw chilled them to the bone.
The hall had been furnished with replica medieval furniture, that was by its very design extremely heavy and cumbersome, even a small table required two persons to move it. It was therefore a shock to see this furniture now moved all in its entirety into the middle of the room.
And as for the doors, the only means of entry and exit to the hall, they were all locked as were all the windows.
No one knows who or what moved the furniture, many think the Fourth Earl of Morton, but there are many contenders for the ghost of Aberdour Castle.
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