Is Craigmillar Castle Haunted
Situated on the southern outskirts of Scotland’s Capital City sits the impressive and superbly preserved castle named Craigmillar.
The former fortified residence of the Preston’s, and latter leading Edinburgh lawyer Sir John Gilmour, this romantic location casts a stunning shadow south of the world-famous Edinburgh Castle.
Haunted Scotland thought that Linlithgow & Blackness had nook and crannies galore, that’s till we braved the wintry Scottish weather and undertook a search for the ghostly white woman said to haunt Craigmillar. Is she the only active apparition though?
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.
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, or perhaps he’s walking the last steps – as the residual replay – before his forthcoming Canongate murder.
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.
The caveat here is that the energy, as mentioned above, may not be her active sentient spirit…..
What Do You Mean By Residual Energy
I wish to point out the difference between a Sentient Haunting and a Non-Sentient Haunting as I can only imagine you are scratching your head wondering what on earth this means, and what the implications are.
Sentient means a life form that actually has the ability to feel and perceive things along with conscious interaction. So the Non-Sentient, is obviously the opposite to this, and in a moment I will explain in what context this can apply to an alleged haunting.
Set the scene; you are in the kitchen washing your dishes when suddenly a full manifestation of a transparent ghostly figure catches your eye.
On noticing this manifestation you lock eyes with it, smiles are exchanged, it moves a few objects and dissipates in to the ether.
You call out for the energy to make a noise, it obliges with tapping on demand as if in some type of communication with you.
You have just witnessed a Sentient situation where the manifestation has interacted with you.
Using the same circumstances, this time you catch a glimpse of the phantom with the corner of your eye and then attempt to lock eye sight. It completely ignores you, no interaction at all, and it seems to be following a set movement pattern.
There is no awareness from this manifestation and on top of this, it’s been reported doing the exact same movements without interaction by many other witnesses.
This is a Non-Sentient haunting, a recording if you like, which has somehow recorded its energy into the environment to be triggered only under certain circumstances.
So to conclude, 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.
That is not to say that she could not still be very much active too.
After-all, she did stay at Craigmillar for three years between 1563 & 1566, and she has been known to linger in many places where she only briefly visited. Her emotional state was also alleged to be that of deep depression due to the horrid time she was having at this period of her life.
In the March before she returned to this location, her closest confidante, David Riccio, was murdered at Holyroodhouse.
Three months after this she gave birth to James VI of Scotland…she was in search of Solace and peace, and this very well may be etched into the fabric of the surrounding environment at Craigmillar.
Something to very much keep in mind.
I did have a near heart attack on this previous visit, the nook and crannies that I joyfully walked through, threw up a startling surprise.
Pigeons, my goodness did I not half jump with the tell-tale shivers up my spine.
I let them know that this was not funny, much to the amusement of the curator who was near by and spoke of their friendliness.
This location is truly stunning and I’m glad I took the time to travel out regardless of the weather.
Another location that I heavily suggest is added to your must see places of Scotland, I know I will be returning in the good weather for more in-depth searching and further reporting.
So, Is Craigmillar Castle Haunted? I will leave that question unanswered for now, but more importantly, what do you think?
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