For most of us, there is nothing more terrifying than finding ourselves stuck in a graveyard after dark, whether by choice or by accident.
That’s the time, as the stories tell us, when restless spirits come out to torment the living. However, there is one graveyard in Edinburgh, Scotland, which is an exception to that rule. It’s equally as terrifying during the day as it is at night. You see, this graveyard is so haunted that the spirit (or spirits) that call it home have been known to physically harm those who come too close.
Welcome to the famous (and incredibly haunted) Greyfriars Kirkyard in Edinburgh, Scotland. Beautiful, isn’t it? Well, if you were actually there, you wouldn’t feel that way for long.
Since the 1560s, Greyfriars Kirkyard has operated as a cemetery, but its history of violence doesn’t begin until the 17th century with the arrival of a man by the name of George “Bluidy” Mackenzie.
Mackenzie was a man of the most violent sort. During his life, he was responsible for the deaths of close to 20,000 of King Charles II’s opponents. Mackenzie took particular delight in torturing and starving his prisoners before finally decapitating them. In fact, many of his prisoners spent their final weeks on this earth inside Greyfriars Kirkyard.
After his death, Mackenzie was buried at Greyfriars Kirkyard in a tomb very close to the area where he tortured and killed thousands of prisoners.
However, instead of death being the end for Mackenzie, his spirit is still very active in the graveyard. By very active I mean that he’s known for causing bodily harm to visitors.
But that’s not all Mackenzie’s spirit is known for. According to local paranormal investigators, at least 170 people have unexpectedly passed out during ghost tours of the graveyard over the past few years. A further 500 have been physically attacked by what’s thought to be Mackenzie’s ghost.
(via Week In Weird)
Now that is one angry ghost. If I ever find myself in Scotland, I’m totally going to pay a visit to Greyfriars Kirkyard. I just hope I survive that bad decision.