Located in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, with a prime position next to the historical Royal Mile – which leads up-to Edinburgh Castle – exists a unique visitor attraction which has acquired quite a reputation for its paranormal activity.
Mary Kings Close – along with the neighbouring Closes – is within the main centre of the most vibrant streets, filled with traders and local residents alike. It would have been home to people, businesses, storage spaces, and the main heart of busy every day life.
Mysteries, myths and folklore surround this location and it comes as no surprise that reported sightings of spirits & ghosts are prevalent, but is Mary Kings Close haunted?
The stunning building – which sits within Govan – was commissioned by Lady Dinah Pearce in memory of her late husband Sir William Pearce MP of the Fairfield Shipyard, who died in 1888. The building was designed by Sir Robert Rowand Anderson in the style of a large 17th century Scottish town house and constructed between 1902 and 1906.
The Pearce Institute was intended as a local social centre for the surrounding community and offered ‘Govanites’ a men’s & women’s reading room and clubs, a library, a gymnasium, cooking and laundry departments, and a retiring room. In addition to this, the organ, stage and gallery in the McLeod Hall made it a popular venue for dance and social gatherings alike.
On the wall at the entrance to the building is the greeting:
It’s such a regular occurrence here at Haunted Scotland – and previously as the founding member and owner of Scottish Paranormal – that my email box begins to fill up with requests for information on the best places to stay (with a haunting of course) along with where to visit and, in my opinion, what I suggest through my experiences.
As we approach Halloween, I wanted to offer a few suggestions to get you in the spirit of the season and allow you to get those plans made early.
So you have the application on your Smart-Phone or PC Tablet and you are ready to rock and roll on location. However, how do you begin you may wonder, and what is the best way to conduct such sessions to get maximum possibility of results.
Like anything in the paranormal world, results are never guaranteed and when they are forthcoming, people rarely agree that such are significant enough.
In yesterdays short article named Does Echovox Work, we spoke about how this application was different from the ghostly fun on android or Iphone applications, that may be purchased through places such as Google Play.
I reassured everyone that we have a good working device that may be used by any researcher or member of the public, with an interest in this type of study.
Members of the paranormal research field get a hard time from many quarters, whether it be about finding extraordinary evidence, which I have shown to be irrational, or due to individuals who are using the field to propel media careers, while they attack all and sundry to reach that goal.
I have also discovered that location owners, or curators, may in fact be playing games also, to boost their own work and place teams against each other with behind-back whispers, or even trying to catch out mediumistic researchers with false information.