Haunted Craigmillar Castle
Situated on the southern outskirts of Edinburgh sits the impressive and superbly preserved Craigmillar Castle.
This former fortified residence of the Preston’s – and latter leading Edinburgh lawyer Sir John Gilmour – casts a stunning shadow on its surroundings, south of the equally impressive Edinburgh Castle.
Let’s take a look at some of the atmospheric photographs collected in 2015 from this location.
1. Approaching The Castle.
Craigmillar Castle is best known for its association with Mary, Queen of Scots. Following an illness after the birth of her son, the future James VI, Mary arrived at Craigmillar on 20 November 1566 to convalesce.
Before she left on 7 December 1566, a pact known as the “Craigmillar Bond” was made, with or without her knowledge, to dispose of her husband Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley. Wiki
2. Inside the Grounds.
Craigmillar is one of the best-preserved medieval castles in Scotland. The central tower house, or keep, is surrounded by a 15th-century courtyard wall with “particularly fine” defensive features. Within this are additional ranges, and the whole is enclosed by an outer courtyard wall containing a chapel and a doocot. Wiki
3. The Inside Courtyard.
Did you know, In 1544, during the so-called Rough Wooing of England’s King – Henry VIII of England – the English attempted to impose, by military force, a marriage alliance between Edward, Prince of Wales, and a young Mary, Queen of Scots. Craigmillar Castle was at this time burned by the English troops under the command of the Earl of Hertford.
4. So is the castle actually haunted?
Could the Earl of Mar be haunting this stunning location? I mean, after-all he was allegedly murdered by Sir Simon Preston, whom had him taken to the Canongate, where he had his throat slit while taking a bath. Gruesome!
5. Is the Earl of Mar still active here?
Could Earl John be looking for his murderer at Craigmillar Castle? Or, could his fully sentient spirit be keeping a keen eye on the comings and goings in the hope of gaining attention?
6. What of the white women alleged to grace the Castle grounds?
The much travelled Mary Queen Of Scots could yet again be the residual or actual energy here.
She seems to be seen all over in Scotland’s most important locations, many which have been visited by Haunted Scotland.
7. Is Mary, Queen of Scots, really this active?
The sightings of Mary Queen Of Scots, could in-fact be the left over energy of her wonderful life at numerous Important locations.
Her emotional energy, etched into the very fabric of reality in some weird and wonderful way. Playbacks of a time gone by, and not her actual consciousness wandering Scotland.
8. Put it on your bucket list for a visit!
So, Is Craigmillar Castle Haunted? I will leave that question unanswered for now, but more importantly, what do you think?
Another location that I heavily suggest is added to your must see places of Scotland.
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