On Friday 31st of October, starting at 15:00 and finishing around 21:00, Haunted Scotland teamed up with ESP Paranormal Investigation Team to guide groups around the historic parts of the house, and allowed the public to use different equipment to study the paranormal activity at Haddo House.
We are of the opinion, that we sampled some of the activity that is regularly reported from visitors to Haddo House.
Haddo House is a Scottish stately home located in Aberdeenshire, approximately 20 miles north of Aberdeen. It’s currently owned by the National Trust for Scotland.
Haddo House in Aberdeen, is said to be haunted by a spirit named Archie, June Marchioness of Aberdeen and Temair – who owned this property – said the spirit was her late husband’s uncle. She continues: “He was killed in 1908 in one of the first motor crashes. I believe he talks – he once told someone that he wanted to see his parents again. I only put married couples in his old room, because it can be quite frightening.
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.
Details : main tower dates from about 1100, while its final extension with the battlement walk above the string course was completed in 1579. Both wings were added in 1743 with the chapel and dovecote on the west and the kitchen and servants’ quarters on the east.
Paranormal Phenomena : The castle is reputed to be haunted by a red haired woman, called Rohaise, who appears in one of the bedrooms, but only appears when men stay in the room. During the Second World War an entire detachment of troops who were billeted there fled from the castle in bare feet as they were confronted by the ghostly apparition
Region : Aberdeenshire
Location : 3 miles S of Kenmay. 16 miles W of Aberdeen on the A944-B977
Details : Crow-stepped gables and turrets adorn grand Baronial tower house, built 1575. Originally a rectangular tower castle in the 15th century it was converted to a z-plan tower (by adding round 4-storied towers on opposite corners) in the 16th century. The central tower was enlarged in the early 17th century.
The castle also has a luggie or “Laird’s Lug” a chamber in the vaulting of the hall that allowed an eavesdropper to go behind a window shutter on the parapet, slip inside, and listen to conversations in the hall, very practical.
The site is owned by The National Trust for Scotland and is open daily, Easter to September and weekends in October, 1:30-5:30pm. There is a car park.
Paranormal Phenomena : Stairway from smoking room leads to Green Room, said to be haunted by ghost of a murdered princess. It was during the tenure of Frederick MacKenzie Fraser that a princess was killed in the castle’s Green Room and dragged down the stairs, which thereafter could never be cleansed of the bloodstains. According to the paranormal database the stairs were covered in wood to hide the stain. The ghost of the princess reportedly haunts the castle and is blamed for rearranging the furniture.
There has also been ghostly piano music and voices heard in the empty great hall and witnesses have alleged to have seen the ghost of Lady Blanche Drummond (D.1874) in a long black gown.