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posted 02-07-2002 04:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FRANCAST   Click Here to Email FRANCAST     Edit/Delete Message
First of all excuseme for my english, because it isnīt my mother tongue.

Iīm interested on legends from middle ages castle (Vlad Dracul, etc...)

Iīve heard about a terrible legend which happened in Glamis Castle(Scotlnad)about a count who put his son in a jail without anything to eat. Then son, as he was starving started to eat himself. I donīt know more about it.I donīt know much about Glamis Castle,too.
Could anybody explined me more about that?

posted 02-07-2002 06:00 PM           Edit/Delete Message
There is a story of a lost room at Glamis, the measurements of the rooms inside, not quite matching those outside. It is alleged that their was also a mad or grossly disfigured heir to the title and estate. His father is alleged to have locked him in the room and allowed the younger son to inherit. The disinherited son is said to haunt the castle, though the versions of the tale I've heard all involve someone passing him food.
Another tale involving the lost room involves Earl 'Beardie', the 4th Earl of Crawford who held the estate for a short spell. He is said to have been in league with the devil, and was doomed to playing cards with him for eternity in the lost room.
A variation on this tale is also told for Lordscairnie Castle, the Earls main residence. There are also a variety of hauntings by grey ladies and a variety of mythical beasts. It is also said that Earl Beardie's mother smothered her other son so that Beardie (real name Alexander) could inherit. But as with all these tales, they seem to vary greatly depending upon which records you read, and as with some, are carried from site to site. Tales of Tam Dayell of The Binns also involve card games with the devil, and attempts to win back his soul as the gamble.

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[This message has been edited by Gordon (edited 02-07-2002).]

posted 02-12-2002 01:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Levan   Click Here to Email Levan     Edit/Delete Message
There's a similar tale at Castle Levan. Lady Marion Mongomery used to murder and mutilate her tenants. She was tried by Mary Queen of Scots and sentenced to death. This was later commuted to house arrest (bet her tenants loved this - nowadays there'd be an exclusion order).

Her husband returned to Levan from armed service and found out what had happened in his absence - he was so disgusted about her crimes that he imprisoned Marion in the castle, starving her to death (took this house arrest rather too seriously).

Marion is now said to haunt Castle Levan as 'The White Lady'. Not that I've ever seen her. Some suggest that the ghost story was made up as a method for a later heir to the castle as a mechanism for getting money out of his father to build a new 'modern' manor house. Whatever the truth about the ghost - the matter of Marion's crime and punishment are 'on record'.


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