Cupar is home to one of the most haunted places in Scotland, Falkland Palace. Come Explore its mystery with Haunted Journeys.
James IV built the Falkland Palace in 1500 in the French Renaissance style. He pursued to accommodate the royal court, which hunted in the near Lomond Hills. He lured them to his property with its spectacular Renaissance architecture, dark-paneled interiors, and imposing oak furniture.
To one's surprise, Mary Queen of Scots frequented and adored this castle. It also once served as the country residence of the royal Stuarts. Falkland was granted royal burgh status in the 15th century.
It was besieged by Rob Roy and partially destroyed by Cromwell's troops.
A turbulent history soaked in murder and despair followed. Scotland’s first Duke of Rothesay's, David Stewart, rapid rise to power ultimately proved to be his downfall. In 1402, his rival, Robert Stewart, the Duke of Albany, engineered his arrest and had Stewart taken to his home at Falkland, hooded and riding backward on a mule. He was thrown in a cell and either starved to death or died of dysentery 18 days later at the age of 23.
Another story told occurred in 1542 James V’s body lay in state in the Chapel Royal for almost a month before being taken to Holyrood Abbey and buried.
Over the years the palace has had visits from the ghosts of Mary, Queen of Scots. Other phantoms are believed to be one of the ghosts of both David Stewart and James V haunt Falkland palace. Many claim that the sinister faces continue to spy on the windows of the Queen’s Room.
If you visit, be sure to find yourself in the Tapestry Gallery for a taste of the supernatural. It is said that the gallery is haunted by the ghost of the Grey Lady surrounded by a grey glow. Her lover was a brave soldier who rode off to battle and never returned, many say she is doomed to roam the gallery until they are reunited again.
Another frequenting phantom of the White Lady, who walks the ruins of the East Range and disappears through a wall where once there was a door.
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