The city of Edinburgh falls in love with its scenery, its culture, its monuments, but also for its ghost stories and its scary corners. The way in which it coexists with death and ghosts is one of the things that most attract tourists.
The 10 ghosts and the most famous legends of Edinburgh
1 – The piper at the Edinburgh castle
The piper solo or the lone piper is the only city dweller that never leaves the fortress. According to the legend, discovered that the ancient defenders of the Castle, they dug underground tunnels to connect the castle in a secret manner with other parts of Edinburgh.
To discover where they arrived a young piper was sent to explore the tunnels as he played, so those on the outside could know where he was. Suddenly, the music stopped and never he was never seen again. Since then, many claim to hear the sound of the bagpipes…
2 – The hand of John Cheeley
John Cheesley was a man who wanted to divorce but did not agree with the judgment of the board that we had to go to his wife, so he decided to kill the judge. As punishment, the arm that had wielded the weapon was cut off and he was tied to a cross to bleed. The next morning, his body had disappeared.
In the 70s they found his body, but not his arm. That’s why they say that when you walk through the center of Edinburgh you might notice that someone is slashing.
3 – The cannibal of Edinburgh
Sawney Bean, according to the legend, ran and devoured them, along with their clan, a thousand people in the SEVENTEENTH century. Despite the fact that it is not considered a real occurrence, has inspired numerous books and films.
However, a story that is real, is that of the eldest son of the Marquis of Queensberry who was born with some kind of dementia. His family kept him locked up in a room so that no one knew of the existence of the creature, of uncommon strength and wild character.
4 – The bridge damn
When they built the new town of Edinburgh, a bridge that connected with the old area was constructed. Unfortunately, the bridge collapsed and killed many people. It was fixed, but everyone thought it was cursed and nobody wanted to cross it. Therefore, they decided to build a new bridge, the Nord Bridge.
To show that it posed no danger, they wanted the oldest woman in the city to cross it. The night before the opening, the woman died of “natural” causes. In order not to alarm the inhabitants, they set up the corpse in a wheelchair. Halfway there, they stumbled and fell, and everyone thought she had died at that time.
5 – Last Drop
In the square, Grassmarket, the Last Drop is one of the most well-known bars. It is said that it was the bar where people would be taken to have their “last drink” before were hung hang.
In addition, it is said that there dwells the ghost of a girl with medieval clothing that bothers the customers of the bar.
6 – A resident of Mary King’s Close
Below the Royal Mile and the Old Town of Edinburgh stretches a small underground city, full of alleys closed in the SEVENTEENTH century. The most important is the Mary King’s Close, formerly a lively commercial street; today a silent dead end, turned into a tourist attraction.
7 – Self-portrait of David Alan
In the cemetery of Old Carlton is a portrait painter, in whose tomb, spots of moisture have drawn a tormented face. A study has shown that he was buried alive, that is why we think that this was his last work.
8 – The poltergeist of Mackenzie
When Mackenzie died, this area of the cemetery was believed to be haunted. Those who pass through there, feel scratches, faint… that’s why it has been closed and exorcised.
9 – Vaults of South Bridge
In the SEVENTEENTH century, after the construction of South Bridge, in the 19 arches of the bridge were built 120 crypts and corridors underground, known as the Edinburgh Vaults. For a long time housed taverns, shops,…
With the passage of time, the vaults were abandoned, and some of the poorest inhabitants were installed in them. Today of the 19 bridges is only visible to the Cowgate.
10 – Grave Robbers
Criminals scots killed them, but they did not deserve to be buried in the Cemetery so that the donating to science. At the beginning of the NINETEENTH century, ceased to be the Law of Dissections, which were born of grave robbers.
When they were protected, they created a black market in corpses, even going to appear assassins hired by doctors and scientists.