Haunted Claypotts Castle, Dundee


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GREGOR STEWART continues his series looking at the Most Haunted Scottish Castles with Claypotts Castle in Dundee

Claypotts Castle

Claypotts Castle sits between Dundee and Broughty Ferry and is unusual, not only for its distinctive design of square rooms corbelled out over circular towers, but also because it remains almost completely unaltered since it was constructed in 1588.

It was built for the Strachan family, and later, ownership of the castle was passed through a number of notable families, until it was gifted to the State in 1926.

Ghost woman ‘waves handkerchief’ from top floor window

The ghost of a woman in white has been witnessed at the castle on many occasions, always standing and looking out of one of the top floor windows.

She is sometimes said to appear to be waving a handkerchief. She only appears on May 29th, which has led to the belief that she is Marion Ogilvie who was Cardinal Beaton’s mistress.

Beaton was murdered on 29th May, and this seems to be the only connection.

However, Beaton was murdered in 1546, some 42 years before Claypotts Castle was completed, which has led to speculation that the woman was in fact in some way connected to John Graham.

Check out GREGOR STEWART’S other Most Haunted Scottish Castles

Tell us about your experiences at haunted Claypotts Castle in the comments section!

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  1. My late father in law Geordie Campbell was the custodian at Claypotts Castle 1970’s and 1980’s. He never mentioned seeing any ghost that I can remember. But walking around there was a definite ‘feel’ to the castle.


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