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Shades and Shadows Night

"Thy soul shall find itself alone 'mid dark thoughts of the grey tomb-stone; not one, of all the crowd, to pry into thine hour of secrecy. Be silent in that solitude, which is not loneliness—for then the spirits of the dead, who stood in life before thee, are again in death around thee, and their will shall then overshadow thee: be still."

- "Spirits of the Dead", Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849)

In poetry and literature, a "shade "is the spirit or ghost of a dead person, residing in the underworld. A shade is sometimes reckoned not necessarily as an embodied ghost, but as a psychic echo that reflects the emotional state of the hapless spirit at the time of their death. This tartan reflects a ghostly echo of grey upon black, or perhaps black upon grey, suggesting the betwixt and between of the real world with the shadow realm. One of the most haunted castles in Scotland is reputed to be Glamis Castle, in the lowland valley of Strathmore, near Forfar, county town of Angus. From the earliest, the castle and surrounds have been the site of deadly deeds and ghostly sitings! In 1034, King Malcom II was murdered at Glamis (famously depicted in Shakespeare's "Scottish Play") where there was a Royal Hunting Lodge. though the historical King Macbeth had no connection to the castle. It's widely believed that there are at least nine ghosts in total that haunt the castle and grounds including:

The Woman without a Tongue
The Grey Lady Ghost of Glamis
The Young Servant Boy
Ghost of Earl Beardie
The Secret Chambers
The Ogilvy Clan
The Monster of Glamis

The ghost of the 15th-century "Earl Beardie," who has been identified with both Alexander Lyon, 2nd Lord Glamis and with Alexander Lindsay, 4th Earl of Crawford involves a spectral game of cards! Allegedly a cruel and twisted man who drank heavily, this ghost is believed to playing a game of cards in a secret room with the Devil for all eternity! According to legend, he was advised by a servant or his hosts to cease playing on the sabbath, but the earl became furious! Cursing and ranting, he swore that he would continuing playing until doomsday or with the Devil himself! A stranger soon appeared at the castle and joined Lord Beardie in his everlasting game of cards in exchange for his soul. The Earl is said to still appear in random rooms, hovering over bedsides, before returning to his secret gambling chamber and his everlasting game of cards! 🏰 👻 😈 ♠️ ♥️ ♣️ ♦️ 🃏

Although Glamis Castle has a heady claim for the number of distinct spirits haunting its halls, other places in the UK make similar claims based on their haunting activity and make the lists for avid ghost hunters including:

Aston Hall, West Midlands

Pendle Hill, Lancashire

Margam Country Park, West Glamorgan, South Wales

Manningtree, Essex

Skirrid Mountain Inn, Monmouthshire

Berry Pomeroy Castle, Devon

Whitby Abbey, Yorkshire

Duntulm Castle, Isle of Skye

Pluckley, Kent

Blicling Hall, Norfolk

Explore them all ... if you dare!

For more on the ghosts of Glamis Castle, click the Black Ghost playing cards!

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