Greyfriar’s Kirkyard. Edinburgh

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A couple of years ago my partner and I went to Edinburgh for the weekend.

We did a few of the touristy things and decided to go and find the statue of Greyfriar’s Bobby.

We found it and were rather unimpressed with it, So we decided to go and have a look in Greyfriar’s Kirkyard right next to the statue. I had seen this place on a programme like Most Haunted or similar years ago but completely forgot that the place was meant to be haunted.

We wondered around the churchyard for a while, It’s actually quite a pleasant place to visit, Its like a little oasis of calm in the middle of the noisy city, After about 20 minutes or so we decided it was time to leave and find a pub.

When we got out of the churchyard I was surprised to discover 4 small scratches on my right hand, They were fresh and still bleeding, I had not scraped my hand on anything, We had stayed on the path, I didn’t touch anything the whole time we were there, After a minute or so I shrugged it off and thought oh well, I must have scraped it on something, And off we went to the pub.

Once we had got a drink we went to sit down and I realised the whole lower half of my body felt freezing cold, The top half of my body was a normal temperature, There were no breezes coming from anywhere and it was a blazing hot day outside, A rarity for Scotland. After w few minutes my body temp went back to normal but I was spooked by the whole thing.

When we got home I decided to do some research on Greyfriar’s and discovered that hundreds of people have reported being attacked by an unseen entity in the last few years, The entity is believed to be the spirit of George Mackenzie, Also known as Bloody Mackenzie, One time Lord Advocate during the rule of Charles ii and also considered one of the most vicious religious persecutors in history, Most of the attacks are reported to take place in an area of the churchyard known as the covenantors prison, Which is not open to the public but we had stood just outside the entrance to it, But attacks have been reported in other areas of the churchyard too.

A couple of days after we got back, My son, (who was 12 at the time) told me that for the past 3 nights, He had seen the silhouette of a man in a hat on his bedroom wall at night, We had not mentioned any of what happened to him so as not to scare him, But it left me wondering if I had bought an unwanted souvenir back home with me!

Thankfully he never mentioned it again.

— Submitted by Haunted Island Reader

Loves a good ghost story, especially whilst sat in front of an open log fire on a cold and dark winters night.

One Comment on "Greyfriar’s Kirkyard. Edinburgh"

  1. Robert R. Calder says:

    The notion that Sir George was one of the most vicious persecutors is rubbish, like a lot of lore about the period and its events. He was an eminently fair judge, who wrote, a very long time before the question was much recognised, about the problems of mental illness and crime. He was also very active preventing the persecution of alleged witches, and is blamed for the cruel way in which men a very long way from him carried through government policies whose severity represented not government persecution but dread of a repetition of the Civil War of decades before. The leaders of Covenanting groups had concocted an illusion that there was a huge army ready to invade from Holland, but it never materialised and the very civilised Judge, author, poet and friend of John Dryden, was very grateful. He spent his last years in London, because of a danger of murder by fanatics. He had already been attacked in the Edinburgh street. His biographer added a note to the biography, after its publication, expressing the possibility that Sir George’s corpse was not in the tomb, which might well have been desecrated by its removal a very long time ago, by one or another of many generations of fanatics.

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