Linlithgow Palace

Region : West Lothian
Location : Linlithgow
Details : This was the castle of the Stewart kings of Scotland from the 15th century . In 1512 Mary, Queen of Scots was born here. For more details see the feature page on Undiscovered Scotland

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Castle Levan

Region : Renfrewshire
Location : Stirling Drive, Gourock.
Details : The Castle has its origins in the late 14th century but was subject to an exhaustive restoration project through the 1980s. It still possesses the hallmarks of a 14th century castle, including turnpike staircases, parapet walkways, turret, crow step gable and gun loops. For further details see castle levan history page.
Paranormal Phenomena : Alleged to be haunted by a former keeper of Castle Levan, one Lady Marion Montgomery who was convicted and sentenced to death by Mary of Guise for torturing and murdering her tenants.

This sentence was later commuted to house arrest – but as a twist, on her husband’s return from military service, he was so appalled to hear of his wife’s behaviour that he imprisoned and starved her to death. The sightings of the white lady are alleged to have started in the 17th Century, when the castle came into the hands of the Semple-Stewarts of the neighbouring Ardgowan estate.
The current website states “Castle Levan is reputed to have a ghost – not that we’ve ever seen her! “

Balcomie Castle

Region : Fife
Location : 9 miles SE of St Andrews

Details : Construction of this castle began in the 14th century. Here Mary of Guise landed in 1538, and stayed on her way to marry King James V a few days later. see also the fantastic website of Scottish Castles Association for in-depth information –
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