Following the full-on festive rush, we’re right back in the swing with a host of paranormal investigations planned in Dumfries & Galloway. It’s always an honour to be invited to someone’s home, business or property to conduct research and a real pleasure to meet people from many different backgrounds. We’re sometimes asked if we solely focus our work in D&G or travel further afield to conduct investigations. The reality is that in addition to being based in Dumfries & Galloway, our home region and the main heart of our work, we are paranormal investigators in Scotland and beyond – have ghost, will travel! Each project is thoroughly researched and we’re as thrilled to discover an everyday explanation (cue Mostly Ghostly mantra: if it’s a squeaky floorboard, then it’s a squeaky floorboard!) as we are to be left with ‘unexplained‘ on a case file. Scotland is a country positively teeming with ghosts stories, legends and folklore with several lifetimes of research to carry out; for our small part, we aim to make this lifetime count.
After a life-long interest in the paranormal, particularly ghosts and hauntings, the right time and the right people were there to drive this passion further. Underpinned by the old adage “if you’re going to do something, do it right”, prior to launching Mostly Ghostly Investigations in 2008, we dedicated a year to research, in order to learn and progress. We worked with other groups, sharing personal views and opinions on ways of investigating as well as attending lectures and a 20-week Glasgow University course on Psychical Research, led by the legendary, late Professor Archie Roy and his dynamic co-presenter and fountain of paranormal knowledge, Tricia Robertson. The cases we explored were researched and documented at academic level and covered a plethora of subjects; from poltergeist activity and cases of ostensible reincarnation to drop-in communicators and psychic surgery (not for the faint-hearted!). We watched DVDs, spent hours in libraries (nothing’s changed there!), spoke to experts in diverse fields and attended lectures about ‘ghost-hunting’ methodologies and equipment. It was very much about finding our feet, what methods would we employ? We realised early on that we wanted to keep things traditional, with a big focus on trigger objects, historical research and working closely with colleagues in various disciplines. Ultimately, the ability to relate and listen to people is what helps build the strong and enduring relationships we have made. Many people who call us, are understandably, a little nervous at first. Our priority is to put people at their ease and provide information that will then able them to make a decision. This has worked extremely well for us; we’ve learned so much and look to each new investigation in Scotland or beyond as a new and exciting challenge where professionalism is at the forefront.
In the words of our dear friend the South-West Spectre Fest “We invite those who speak to speak louder”; we make ourselves and our triggers available to those who wish to tell us more. We don’t profess to be mediums, although some members of the team display sensitivity to the otherworldly. Often, we wait patiently for hours, sometimes with very little activity – other times, activity explodes in energetic bursts which burn out as quick. We’ve all been challenged by personal experiences; there can be strong emotion involved and you have to factor that, and numerous other influences, in before reaching a conclusion. Findings are then collated in full, detailed reports – essential for reflection. Apart from the immeasurably valuable things in life – family, friends – life has never been so busy or fulfilling. Each day on top of our own jobs, we work to all hours on exciting projects, squeeze every minute out of every day with the aim of learning something new and get a great deal of satisfaction from working in partnership with others. We see each new client as a partner, an equal, someone who we can learn from as well as being able to provide a service to. Since Day 1, our invesigations have been free of charge to clients – it would be wholly unethical any other way – with confidentiality respected at all times. Many clients are happy to talk openly about their experiences, whereas others prefer a completely private approach; everyone’s view is different and respected.
What began as a childhood interest in ghosts and spirits, has led to some incredible experiences; from the first time we heard footsteps at Scotland’s oldest working theatre, Dumfries Theatre Royal to intense communications with a farm labourer at Garlieston; mumbled male voices in an empty tower house to an unexpected apparition in a doorway near Castle Douglas. Our roles are constantly developing and we’re known as much now for our passion for local history as well as the paranormal. We are tour guides and local history enthusiasts, we give talks to community groups and work with local schools to highlight the dark history of Dumfries. One particular high point was when we were invited to give a talk at the Scottish Society for Psychical Research Conference in 2012. As for the tale-end of 2014, it had a fairytale ending, seeing us scoop the Dumfries & Galloway Life Tourism Champion award for a second time – a proud day for us all. With a fifth tour launching in the autumn and a book being written, this year is going to be huge!
Thank you to everyone who has supported us since the earliest days; requesting investigations, giving encouragement, Tweeting, posting stories, highlighting our work through the media, booking tours and talks, sharing knowledge, contacts, creative and technical expertise and dedicating time and commitment. We’re incredibly lucky to know you!
For more information on Scottish paranormal investigators, Mostly Ghostly, please contact the team through our website or by phoning 07791 047835 or 07912 145865. You can read my monthly column in Dumfries & Galloway Life Magazine, follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook.