Name: Glamis Castle, Angus
Address: Glamis, Angus, DD8 1RJ
Summary by MJ Steel Collins: Home to the Earls of Strathmore, and perhaps the equivalent of Disneyland for ghost enthusiasts, though the owners aren’t keen to play up the stories and ghosts associated with Glamis. The current building dates to around the 17th century, though a Glamis Castle has been in the Bowes-Lyon family, since the 14th century, who are probably more commonly known as the family of the late Queen Mother, Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon. She herself is reputed to have seen some ghosts in the castle. Princess Margaret, the Queen’s sister, was born here in 1930. There are too many ghosts and strangeness to list in this short space. A short list includes Earl Beardie, who by all accounts is still playing a game of cards with Satan, after losing a bet several centuries ago, tales of vampirism, the infamous monster and the ghost of Janet Douglas, who was burned at the stake on trumped up charges of witchcraft. She is Glamis’ only ‘verified ghost’, as the rest are dismissed as hearsay. Glamis was also featured in Shakespeare’s Macbeth, as the location where Duncan, King of Scotland, meets a sticky end by foul means.
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