Heritage and Culture
Folklore Friday - The Vampire of Glasgow Necropolis
On a dark, moody evening in September 1954, a policeman is called to Glasgow's Southern Necropolis. Reports state that the cemetery is overrun with children and in this strange turn of events, the shocking scene he met at the cemetery on that fateful night is one that would pass into legend.
Hundreds of children, armed with crudely fashioned stakes, knives and even guard dogs, patrolled the gravestones and mausoleums of the city's southern Necropolis. On approaching them, they announced to the policeman that they were hunting a 7-foot tall 'Gorbals' Vampire. They stated that they had witnessed him devouring two little boys with his iron fangs, and now they were out for revenge.
Unconvinced by their story, the authorities and newspapers blamed lurid American comic books and horror movies as the cause. They believed the media had whipped the over-active imaginations of the young children into hysteria.
As years passed the true cause of this outcry was never pinpointed. Many believe, however, that the children had caught a glance of 'Jenny wi' the 'airn teeth' (Jenny with the Iron teeth). An old hag with sharp teeth who is said to have roamed Glasgow Green since the 19th Century. She was well known to prey on unsuspecting children who she would creep up behind, sink her metal jaws into and drag them back to her secret lair to eat. All of her poor victims were never seen again.
Whatever or whoever it was that drove the children to hunt in droves on the graves in 1945, there is no doubt that it was very real to them.