Country and County: Scotland

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Headless Lady of Buckland Glen

In the Dundrennan district of Kirkcudbright a persisted belief lingers concerning a headless lady haunting the Buckland Glen. The following narrative which has been handed down lends an increased interest to the tradition:— Long...

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St Ninian’s Cave

St Ninian’s is a site of early Christian worship in Scotland and a site of pilgrimage. Local tradition has it that St Ninian would use the cave as retreat. Ninian (aka Trynnian or Ringan)...

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Tynron Doon

Tynron Doon is the site of the remains an Iron Age hill fort and if a local story is correct, a supposed haunt for a headless horseman. At a height of 948ft, the site...

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Haunted Saddle, Craigdarroch

At the battle of Killiecrankie on 27th July 1689 the Jacobites of ‘Bonny Dundee’ (John Graham of Claverhouse, 1st Viscount Dundee (who died in the battle), defeated the government’s army. Among the thousands that...

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Dead-Bell

The dead-bell, described as a tingling in the ears was believed to announce a friends death, according to ‘Witchcraft and Superstitious Record in the South-Western District of Scotland’ (1911) by J Maxwell Wood. I...

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Dede-Spall

The dede-spall was thought to be another omen of death. The following description is by J Maxwell Wood*. A dede-spall is ‘the semi-molten part of the grease of a candle (so called from its...

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Dede-Nip

‘It is described as a blue mark which appears on the body of a person about to die and without the physical explanation of a blow.’ [Witchcraft and Superstitious Record in the South-Western District...

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Dede-Drap

The dede-drap, which according to ‘Witchcraft and Superstitious Record in the South-Western District of Scotland’ (1911) by J Maxwell Wood is ‘the rather eerie sound made by the intermittent falling of a drop of...

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Dede-Chack or Dead-Watch

Can woodworms predict forthcoming deaths? According to ‘Witchcraft and Superstitious Record in the South-Western District of Scotland’ (1911) by J Maxwell Wood,’significant terms associated with the premonition of death are the “dead-watch,” or “dede-chack,”...