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The Enigmas of Janet Douglas and Christian Shaw

During the latter half of the 17th century, the fervour for persecuting so-called witches was dampening as the authorities became more sceptical with the...

Lands of Celtic Lore

At the narrowest sailable point there are barely 12 miles between the Mull of Kintyre in Scotland and County Antrim in the north of...

Presaging Death

Death is perhaps one of the most strongest primordial fears of the human race. We don’t know what, if anything lies beyond, and comfort...

The Grave Suspected of Being Suspicious

The notion of the undead, or even zombies, perhaps seems like a modern phenomenon, brought about by horror movies and TV shows such a...

The Legend Of Yester Castle

Slowly but gracefully mouldering in the lush forests of East Lothian lies an abandoned castle with an intriguing legend to its name. Yester Castle,...

The Cailleach – Scotland’s Midwife: The Stories In Our Landscape

The struggles and revelations of Scotland’s people are stamped into the landscape, like wrinkles on the palms of old lady history. Some experiences deep...

Fairies in the Scottish Witch Trials

M J Steel Collins: In the first guest piece on the Folklore pages, historian Jon Kaneko-James explores the appearance of fairies in the annals...

Scottish Folklore: Fishing Tales

In the 19th century, the Scottish fishing industry had grown to be the largest in Europe, Herring being the main catch. The fishing fleet...

Scottish Folklore: Am Fear Liath Mór

The mysterious Grey Man of Ben MacDhui, or Am Fear Liath Mór in Scottish Gaelic, bears similarity to the European folkloric tradition of the...

Scottish Folklore: The Stories of Glamis

by M J Steel Collins | Modern Scot Folklore Editor | Follow on Twitter Due to it’s royal connections, Glamis already has more than enough to...

Scottish Folklore: Profile of Margaret Fay Shaw

by M.J. Steel Collins | Follow on Twitter If it wasn’t for the work of Margaret Fay Shaw and her husband, John Lorne Campbell, much...

Scottish Folklore: Ghostly Glasgow

by M J Steel Collins | Follow on Twitter It’s said that ghostly phenomena are quite common, with several cases of it reported in neighbourhoods...

Scottish Folklore: Life and Times of Boleskine House

by M J Steel Collins | Follow on Twitter On 23 December 2015, fire crews raced from Foyers, Inverness, Dingwall and Beauly to tackle a...

Scottish Folklore: Loch Ness Monster – Hide & Seek Champion

by M J Steel Collins | Follow on Twitter The Loch Ness Monster is probably the folklore version of Elvis. She is a global superstar...

Scottish Folklore: The Story of Major Weir

by The Magic Dragon Major Weir was the last man executed for witchcraft in Scotland in 1670. He lived with his unmarried sister, Grizel, in...

Scottish Folklore: Everyday Ghost Stories

by M J Steel Collins | Follow on Twitter Each October, as Hallowe’en draws near, it’s not unusual to see articles on the paranormal crop...

Scottish Folklore: The Gorbals Vampire

by MJ Steel Collins | Follow on Twitter Not so much piece of folklore, but a relatively modern phenomenon with folkloric undertones, the event that...

Scottish Folklore: Spectre Haunted – Second Sight & Seers

by M J Steel Collins | Follow on Twitter As a paranormal phenomenon, Second Sight is something that has even the most sceptical parapsychologist scratching...

Scottish Folklore: Scotland’s National Animal

by M J Steel Collins | Follow on Twitter National Animals, like any national symbol, is described as something which is seen as representative of...

Scottish Folklore: Edinburgh’s Haunted Underground

by M J Steel Collins | Follow on Twitter The idea of housing people in tenements and high rises came about as a way of...

Scottish Folklore: The Daoine Sidhe of Skye

by M J Steel Collins |Follow on Twitter The Isle of Skye is largest of the Inner Hebrides, at 639 square miles; it boasts several...

Scottish Folklore: The Problem with Each-Uisges and Kelpies

by MJ Steel Collins | Follow on Twitter The Each-Uisge and the Kelpie are rather confusing beasties. Both are water-horses, capable of shape-shifting and have...

Scottish Folklore: Provan Hall

by MJ Steel Collins -- Follow on Twitter @GhostlyAspects Nestled in a corner of Auchinlea Park, next to the Forge Retail Park, Provan Hall...

Scottish Folklore: The Glaistig

The Glaistig is a difficult one to pin down, as she seems to have almost as many different forms as Spider-Man has movie reboots....