Our super-duper newly designed website officially launched in May 2012. James Carnochan, owner of Dynasty IT (Computer Fixer) and designer of our original site, was happy to take on the challenge and more than delivered the goods. The new format made it much simpler to update, therefore enabling us to keep all our visitors up to speed with Mostly Ghostly’s many and varied adventures. We are over the moon with the website and have watched it grow over the past 7 months to become a constantly evolving resource we are deeply proud of. In addition to the regular pages, we are achieving our goal of publishing a weekly blog which Kathleen currently takes primary responsibility for, along with writing and uploading other content; a challenge which she thrives on! Keep a look out in the coming months when we’ll be making investigation reports available online as well as a host of ghostly tales from Dumfries & Galloway. Add to that a fresh page of content each week and you have a dynamic, relevant site that reflects our work and engages its growing number of visitors. Thanks again to James for his expertise and ongoing support – you’re a star! (New Website Update, Website Welcome)
A number of preparatory visits and a full investigation of Lochmaben Castle took place in May and the team were unnerved by some of the feelings picked up including; strong senses of presence, a powerful fight/flight sensation, the image of a bed and a black shape witnessed behind one of the archways. Still on the investigations theme, we returned to Garlieston Straight where James and Mary both sensed a presence in the vicinity of Kilsture Forest Road End and John engaged with a rather dejected Albert Johnstone, who felt he had lost someone dear to him – the ghostly girl of Garlieston Road – and after over three years of asking, Albert finally revealed the wee girl’s name… (Garlieston Straight Road Latest Update)
With James McKie already getting himself established within the team and the welcome addition of Billy Milligan, a friend who had previously assisted us on investigations at Dumfries Theatre Royal, we decided to officially announce these big team developments in June. Mostly Ghostly were beginning a new chapter in their story and we felt engergised and keen to see how these changes would enhance our team. (Welcome New Team Members)
Another priority in June centred on promotion with John, James & Mary travelling all over Dumfries and Galloway to spread the Dumfries Ghost Walk word. They handed out leaflets, posters and visited various hotels, guest houses, caravan sites, shops and libraries. By the time they had finished, there were far more people aware of Mostly Ghostly Investigations and the reception received was very warm and supportive. The work put in during June was to pave the way for a truly successful summer season of ghost walks, bringing people from all over Britain and further afield to experience the ghosts and history of dark Dumfries… (Ghost Walk Summer Updates)
When July came, the spotlight turned to Carnsalloch House, a dilapidated, eerie and extremely atmospheric 18th century mansion house, near Kirkton. We drove out to Carnsalloch whenever time allowed and from the beginning, John sensed all manner of things including a gentleman with a walking stick and a female spirit who told us her name was Marion Carruthers. However, it wasn’t solely John who felt the impact of Carnsalloch House. During our official investigation on July 20th, Mary felt overcome by a strong sense of sadness that appeared to emanate from one particular area to the rear of the house. We are keen to discover exactly who or what was responsible for this… Behind the scenes, extensive research was undertaken with various visits to the Ewart Library in Dumfries where we gathered up information on the history of Carnsalloch and the people who lived there. The library staff, as always, were a fountain of knowledge and we greatly appreciated their support on this project. Investigations into Carnsalloch are ongoing and more news will be coming in future blogs. (Strange Happenings at Carnsalloch House, Mostly Investigation Planning, Mostly Investigations Update, Carnsalloch House Visit)
The Dumfries Ghost Walk summer season kicked off on 4th July and we were overwhelmed by the buzz it created. Lots of enquiries were received and visitor stats more than doubled, with increased numbers of tourists in attendance. As the season drew to a close at the end of August, we piloted a September follow-up tour which went really well. The promotional work paid off big time and like all aspects of Mostly Ghostly’s work, this is an area we will strive to develop.
New friendships were forged in early August when John and Kathleen met innovative street artist Mike Inglis. Commissioned by artist’s hub, The Stove, to design street shrines for the Inbetween: Dumfries event, Mike was researching the people and history of the town. Our role at this stage was to assist Mike with the Whitesands Witches story. When formulating a presentation on our ghost walk relating to the nine women involved, we carried out a wealth of research and became drawn into this tragic and horrific part of Dumfries’ dark past. Everything about Mike and his work felt right and we viewed his project as a way of raising the women’s profile and bringing their story to an alternative audience. (Ghostly Guides On Display, More Mostly News)
As anyone familiar with Mostly Ghostly will know, we’ve always held a fascination with the Wigtownshire roads of Sorbie and Garlieston and having made contact with a gentleman who used to live near the Sorbie Road, we wanted to get back out there! He gave us lots of handy leads, providing a slightly different perspective on the area that enabled us to carry out further research prior to the visit. Back in August, we made a full day of it and took time en route to visit the historical treasure trove that is Broughton House in Kirkcudbright (on yet another research mission!) before heading to the Machars. As the beautiful summer’s day drew to a close, we were struck by the sense of peace and calmness all around us. We divided our investigation between the two roads and amongst the happenings we encountered, John felt physically sick, Mary sensed a man in farm workers clothing and John believed a rather ‘nasty’ presence was in the vicinity. Part of the allure of investigating the paranormal is its unpredictability and that includes the periods of inactivity where you wait, patiently, hoping… And when you do come across that little anomalous something, it makes it all worthwhile, keeping you hungry and driven to discover more! (Mostly in the Machars)
This article aims to provide an entertaining flavour of our most hectic, exciting, diverse and eye-opening year yet, however if you would like more formal, detailed information on e.g. our investigations, including full reports, our ghostly tours or any other aspect of our work, please contact the team through our website or by phoning 07791 047835 or 07912 145865. You can also follow us on Twitter.
Mostly Ghostly would like to wish all our web visitors, families, friends, colleagues and supporters a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year 2013!
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