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Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle

Castle Esplanade
FK8 1EJ Scotland

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Stirling is home to one of the most haunted places in Scotland, Stirling Castle.  Come Explore its mystery with Haunted Journeys.

The History

Stirling Castle, located in Stirling, is one of the largest and most important castles in Scotland, both historically and architecturally. Most of the principal buildings of the castle date from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. A few structures of the fourteenth century remain, while the outer defenses fronting the town date from the early eighteenth century.

There have been at least eight sieges of Stirling Castle, including several during the Wars of Scottish Independence, with the last being in 1746, when Bonnie Prince Charlie unsuccessfully tried to take the castle.

Before the union with England, Stirling Castle was also one of the most used of the many Scottish royal residences, very much a palace as well as a fortress. Several Scottish Kings and Queens have been crowned at Stirling, including Mary Queen of Scots, in 1542, and others were born or died there.

In the year of her Lord 1562, Queen Mary returned to Scotland from France after her French husband, King Francis, died. She remained in Stirling Castle, the home she had been raised in, surrounded by the faithful folk of Stirling who valued, rather than damned, Mary's royal position in the British Isles. One of the young women who tended the queen believed herself a receiver of the gift of premonition and prophesized that her beloved Queen Mary was in dreadful danger. Though it is uncertain if Mary believed the girl's abilities of foresight, legend says that she allowed the girl to watch over her as she slept.

Now the story takes an unpredictable twist. In fact, what happened next could just as readily be called a "freak accident" as anything else. One night, while the girl watched over Mary, she is said to have felt herself drifting off. Exhausted from her constant watch, the girl closed her eyes but for a moment…and awoke to find her queen's bed aflame. As the room filled with smoke and fire, and the queen—whose own clothes were already burning—could not be woken, the young girl called for help as loud as she could. Eventually, both the unconscious queen and the petrified girl were rescued. However, only the queen survived the traumatic event. The girl died from her wounds, and despite her noble efforts, only the color of her dress remains in memory, and it is by that color that she is remembered.

Stirling Castle is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and is now a tourist attraction managed by Historic Environment Scotland.

The Hauntings

This prominent castle has prominent haunts!  Stirling Castle has a long history as a royal residence of Scottish Kings and Queens. As such, there is no wonder that its history is filled with as much bloodshed as treason and treason. Therefore, this ancient landmark is the perfect breeding ground for specters and shades to make their eternal home within these cold thick walls.

Tales told by the locals provide the details. There are plentiful female phantoms that dress in all hues.  But one, in particular, is most feared. A woman with long hair and a ghastly green gown, known as the "Green Lady" is said to wander the castle's halls. Could her appearance generate the horror that she is famous for? 

While it is unknown for certain who this ghost might be, the Green Lady has been theorized as one of two people: a military commander's daughter who was a victim of a star-crossed relationship which eventually led to her suicide, or an unnamed handmaiden or serving girl of the most infamous female leader of Scotland, Mary Queen of Scots.

Some say the Green Lady haunts the halls of Stirling out of guilt for the queen's near-death experience as told above. Others say she is merely a lost soul, unable to move on because of the trauma of her death. Regardless, it does not appear that her life poses any indication of malicious intent against the living, so the fear of the Green Lady likely comes from the belief that she is an omen of misfortune.

The Pink Lady is another spectrum that lurks the castle. She is, nobly, strongly believed to Mary, Queen of Scots herself. Many are very sure she is haunting the rooms of her childhood and widow's shelter in her beloved castle. Could it be that Mary, who met her death at the point of a sword while her head lay on the execution block, could not bear to leave the country she believed to be rightfully hers?

There may be some disagreements about this speculation. Others are certain she is another Mary, specifically Mary Witherspoon, supposedly a victim of Grave Robbers who sold bodies to educated men for dissection. While the robbers were brought to justice her ghost still seeks her mortal remains. People report a faint scent of rose-blossom in the air before she appears, her favorite flower.

The third speculation is that she was pretty noblewoman engaged to a brave knight who starved to death inside Stirling Castle during the Wars of Independence. She, in turn, died, not from malnourishment but from the pain of a broken heart.

Stirling Castle is also reportedly haunted by a ghostly Highlander, dressed in full traditional costume, complete with kilt. He is often mistaken for a tour guide and stories have been told of visitors approaching him, only for him to turn away and disappear before their eyes.

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Date added: Apr/24/2020 | Last time updated: Jun/11/2021

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