The Legends of Glamis Castle

Believed to be the most haunted house in all Scotland – if not Britain – Glamis Castle has been surrounded in mystery from the very start. Once planned to be built on the Hill of Denoon, each time the foundations were laid, they were instantly destroyed by an earthquake or whirlwind. Finally, a “Dark, prophetic cry” was heard, urging the builders to leave and never return. 

In 1537, Janet Douglas, widow of 6th Lord Glamis, was found guilty of practising witchcraft against James V. She died at the stake the same year on Castle Hill, Edinburgh. She is said to appear as the Grey Lady in the family chapel. Ghosts have been reported throughout the entire castle. Macbeth’s ghost is said to haunt the castle in the room where he murdered Duncan. A little pageboy sits outside bedrooms, a tongueless woman wanders the grounds, and a spectre dressed as a knight appears on Mad Earl’s Walk.

The castle has at least one secret chamber, the entrance can only be known by 3 people at once – the current Earl, his heir and any other chosen person. The Room of Skulls is a sadly true story – refugees from a Clan feud were taken into the castle, but left to starve and walled up inside the chamber. The castle is said to have it’s own “monster”, a grotesque child born 200-300 years ago, concealed within a chamber. Each heir told the secret when they came of age. Described as immensely strong he had a hairy barrel-like body, short arms and legs, and no neck. It’s possible this child may have been the rightful heir, but has never been acknowledged or seen…

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