Hello everyone and welcome to our blog! It gives me the greatest of pleasure to announce I’m writing a book on the ghosts and hauntings of Dumfries & Galloway! For years, I’ve dreamt of compiling a ghostly anthology on our fascinating region and feel that now is most definitely the time to make it happen.
I first made my intentions public through Twitter, a mere few weeks ago, and ever since, have felt stoked with the encouraging responses. We’re headlong into the research and this week alone have visited a range of interesting locations, met and interviewed some lovely, helpful people and felt enthused by the warm reception when they learn about my project. A huge thank you to everyone who has helped so far; we look forward to meeting many more of you and learning all we can about D&G’s rich paranormal history. Now, let’s step back in time for the story behind my book…
For as long as I can remember I have been interested in the paranormal, particularly ghosts and hauntings. When I was a wee girl at Primary School, I started up a group called ‘Spirit World’ and encouraged friends and acquaintances to join in. We met at breaktimes and made up spooky stories to tell each other – it was great fun! There was an old deserted house nearby which became a focus for some of us, and when walking by it after school, we’d dare to sneak into the overgrown garden and knock at the door, secretly hoping someone (or something!) would knock back! Of course, nothing actually happened, but the fascination had begun.
Prior to creating Mostly Ghostly Investigations, whenever I met someone new, even if I was getting a taxi, I started to ask “Do you know any ghost stories?” What amazed me was that most people either had a story of their own or one concerning other people. I also longed for my cousin’s visits so I could catch up on all the latest news from my Uncle’s pub, The Troqueer Arms. Things would happen that defied rational reasoning and I got a real buzz hearing about it. Every so often, local newspapers would run a ghost story, the A75, Scotland’s most haunted road, came up fairly often in the ‘90’s and I soaked up each report like a thirsty sponge.
2007 marked the earliest beginnings of Mostly Ghostly; weekly summer visits to Carnsalloch House, hours poring over newspaper archives in Dumfries Ewart Library, the desire to gain access to allegedly haunted properties, I had to do something. With these thoughts spinning round my head, I decided to write to the press. The classic tales from our region such as Comlongon Castle, Spedlins Tower and The Globe Inn could be found in most good books on Scottish ghosts and I loved reading about them. However, I wanted to learn more, to source unpublished accounts and learn about contemporary hauntings in everyday places; home, work, school – all of it! The eventual aim would be to compile a database of hauntings for people to dip into, serious paranormal researchers, those with a flitting interest and everyone inbetween. That database will become my book.
Around that point, I hooked up with three close friends and formed our very own paranormal investigation team. I felt a rush of excitement when initial responses came in. We received ghost stories and offers of support from many different places, as far afield as America and Australia! All manner of stories flooded in, from a disturbing case in a Dumfries flat to a story comparable with the well publicised events at Cairn Farm, Auldgirth. We learned of large balls of energy in a local nursing home and a UFO sighting from 40 odd years ago, when a forestry worker driving along a remote road between Newton Stewart and Dalry, witnessed blue lights landing on the moorland – the letter had worked.
I won’t go into everything that’s happened since; you can read more about our investigations, tours and events in the Mostly blog archive. Let’s just say we’ve come on in leaps and bounds. Founding Mostly Ghostly has been a huge development in my life and I’m immensely proud to be part of it. With more than 30 investigations under our belt, a growing collection of successful ghost tours, 5 years writing for Dumfries & Galloway Life Magazine and a great reputation for our enthusiasm, approachability and dedication to research work, every day offers fresh challenges and we all feel more motivated than ever.
I can’t wait to share our region’s ghost stories with you and showcase Dumfries & Galloway to the wider world, with the aim of encouraging visitors, especially those with a penchant for the paranormal…
Now, it’s over to you. I have many stories gathered and constantly seek more! Would you like to share a haunting in Dumfries & Galloway? If so, please do come forward and contact the team through our website or by phoning 07791 047835 or 07912 145865. You can also follow us on Twitter.