Folklore Friday - The Ghost of Craigievar Castle
A seven-storey castle in Alford, with an L-shaped tower, Craigievar Castle has little turrets and a pinkish hue, and looks like something out of a fairytale. Built in the early 17th Century, the castle has been dubbed the "epitome of the Jacobean Renaissance in Scotland".
Completed by William Forbes, the castle was built next to his family's estate, Fintray, to show off his wealth and status. He had made a fortune as a merchant in the Baltic Trade and wanted to show his success. He created the castle from an already-existing castle which was half built on the site, which he purchased from the Mortimer family.
When William died, his son - also called William - was made Baronet of Nova Scotia. Succeeding him in 1648, William's son Sir John, also known as Red due to his fiery hair and complexion, went on to run the estate.
During his residency, Red is alleged to have forced a member of the rival Gordon family out of a high window at sword point, where he fell to his death.
It is said that the victim was a fan of the fiddle, and his eerie tunes can be heard by select visitors to the castle. If you are a member of the Forbes family then beware, as the spirit will only show himself to you and others who bare the Forbes name!
The Blue Room, known as the 'ghost room' has had a number of disturbances. Dark figures have been known to appear there, especially by the window in which the victim was pushed to his death. There have also been countless testimonies, from castle visitors, of the temperature dropping suddenly and music coming from within.