Back before Castle Huntly became a prison, it had a history all of its own – and a couple of its own ghosts, to boot. There are two ghosts alleged to still haunt Castle Huntly; the White Lady and that of a young boy. When researching the ghosts of Castle Huntly, it became apparent that there is some confusion between Castle Huntly and Huntly Castle (which is in Aberdeenshire), and, as such, the ghost stories of which White Lady belonged to which castle seems to get a little skewed.

We’re going to stick with the story of the young woman being a daughter of the Lyon family, the Earls of Kinghorne (which was later changed to Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne). The title Earl of Kinghorne was actually created in 1606 for Patrick Lyon, and when Castle Huntly was acquired by the Earl in 1614, he had the name changed to Castle Lyon. It was not until the castle was sold in 1777 that the name was reverted back to Castle Huntly.

Whether the woman in the story was the first Earl of Kinghorne’s daughter or granddaughter, we do not know, but, from what we have read, it appears as though she may have had an inappropriate relationship with one of the castle’s manservants. It wasn’t all too uncommon for sexual relationships to form between social classes, as privacy was hard to come by, and servants were often put in sexually vulnerable positions by their masters or mistresses, as well as by lodgers, guests and each other. Remember there wasn’t a lot to do back then!

When they were found out, the pair were separated. Whether the manservant was imprisoned, tortured, murdered, or all three, we cannot say for sure, but it’s pretty clear that, in those times, he wasn’t just going to be sent on his way with his wages and his P45 in hand. Whoever he was, he very likely met a grisly end. The nameless Lyon daughter was locked in a chamber on the upper levels of the castle, and it was from the window of this room that she is said to have met her doom. Her body was found, broken and bleeding on the grounds directly under her bedroom window, with nothing that could be done to save her.

 

To add a twist to an already murky story, whilst some may say that she killed herself as a result of a broken heart or at being imprisoned in her own family home, others have whispered that she may not have taken her own life and may, in fact, have been pushed. There are a lot of facets to this story that don’t quite add up (which we tend to find with a lot of the older ghost stories), hence their origins as legends and not actual fact. What did happen to the manservant? And why can’t we name the Lyon daughter on who the tale is supposedly based? And the big question – did she fall, or was she pushed? We’ll just never know.

Moving away from the mysterious White Lady, the second ghost alleged to haunt Castle Huntly is that of a young boy, named the Paterson Ghost. He is believed to be the descendant of George Paterson – the man who purchased the castle from the Lyons in 1777 for £40,000, and also the man who gave Castle Huntly back its original name. Fast-forward 150 years or so, to when Colonel Adrian Paterson and his family occupied Castle Huntly.

Their only son, Richard, tragically died in a boating accident aboard the river Tay in 1939, and it is his ghost that is said to haunt the castle. He is said to be seen in the same room as the White Lady wearing a double-breasted sailing jacket. Interestingly, no-one seems to know what colour it is, which, given the “sightings”, you would think that someone would be able tell us at least if it was light or dark. Whilst the White Lady is alleged to haunt the grounds of the castle as well as the room, young Richard is said to appear only in the room once occupied by the fated daughter of Lyon.

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In 2011 The Ghost Club performed a paranormal investigation on the RSS Discovery. What did they find? Were the visited by any of the souls who lost their lives on Dundee’s most infamous ship, or even by Captain Scott himself? There have long been stories of hauntings aboard the RSS Discovery, and the Ghost Club’s evening of vigils and investigations was no exception. Read the full report at the link below, or visit their website for more of their haunted location investigations.

RRS Discovery Investigation 13th August, 2011 – PDF

Ghost stories and tales of spooks, hauntings, devils and witches have been around for millennia, with variations of the same theme caught up in folklore all across the world. Throughout history, we have told stories not only to define our behaviour, but also our cultural identity. When it comes to ghost stories, however, the recurrent themes we find tend to be cautionary and serve as a warning of consequence.

From Ouija boards and Bigfoot, to the White Lady, we’ve certainly filled our boots recently with the paranormal – and whilst most of it has been fascinating reading and has kept us gripped, none of it has really cut the mustard as far as outright convincing us that these legends have any real base in reality. Is the truth out there? We’ve yet to encounter anyone who has had an alien experience in the city, so, if that’s you, feel free to get in contact with us, as we’d love to hear your story. As much as it would thrill us to find out that Bigfoot is indeed stalking the countryside, or that Springheeled Jack was, in fact, real, the likelihood of this happening is quite slim, but we’re not going to let that stop us from reading, investigating and writing about it! If you have anything you want to tell us about anything creepy, weird or downright scary, you know what to do.

There’s a tale about a ghost that allegedly haunts an old Dundee convent, so we are planning on doing an overnight stay to see if we can hear or see any of the phenomena that we have had reported to us by people who have stayed and worked in the building. From what we gather, there may be two spirits haunting the building, and one of them is quite the noisemaker! Let’s hope they’re feeling frisky when we make our appearance or it’ll turn out to be a pretty dull night. Who knows, maybe we’ll be believers yet…

Anyway, we’re starving, so it’s time to slap some sausages on a roll and get a cup of tea. Happy reading…but watch your back…you never know who may be watching you!!

The same group of explorers as yesterday’s video also performed an investigation in the Kloset pub in Dundee. Check out their experiences below – what do you think, were there any spirits present?

Today’s Halloween Hauntings Video is another group of intrepid explorers investigating paranomal phenomena in the abandoned Strathmartine Hospital, which for many years was a children’s asylum.