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Meggernie Castle

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Location of the haunted place: Glenlyon, Tayside

Origin of the haunting: 17th/18th Century

Background: The castle was built in 1585 by John Campbell of Glenlyon. It was passed on to the Menzies family in the 16th Century. A modern mansion was added in the 20th Century, the castle is still occupied and not open to the public. The ghost of the wife of one of the Menzies lord's tells the story.

Ghost story: I didn't deserve to die. My husband, the Chief of the Clan Menzies, was a jealous man. I tried hard not to do anything that would anger him; but I failed. He flew into a jealous rage and killed me. He tried to conceal the fact by cutting my body in half. He hid the lower part in the churchyard and the upper part under the floor in the north tower.

Some say he was going to bury the top half in the churchyard as well, but died before he could do it. I hope, one day, to be a whole person. Until that time you will see my upper half on the top floor and my lower half on the ground floor or in the avenue leading up to the castle. If I touch you, it will burn but not blister.