Greyfriars Kirkyard Graveyard

Greyfriars Kirkyard Graveyard

Greyfriars Kirkyard Graveyard

Greyfriars Kirkyard Graveyard, Edinburgh, Scotland

Greyfriars Kirkyard GraveyardConsidered by some as the most haunted place on earth, Greyfriars Kirkyard Graveyard is located in Edinburgh, Scotland, and is the site of one of the bloodiest religious persecutions of the 17th century.

When King Charles II ascended to the throne and quickly disavowed the Covenanter‘s right to practice their religion.  Those who ignored his ruling were rounded up and imprisoned to be harshly punished. Sir George Mackenzie of Rosehaugh, the king appointed Lord advocate, was placed in charge of the Convenanters’ persecution on behalf of King Charles.

MacKenzie, also known as Bloody MacKenzie by his victims, was responsible for the death of over 18,000 of his countrymen. MacKenzie’s reign of terror ended in 1691 when he passed away.  He was laid to rest in a black mausoleum tomb which stands not far from where his victims were laid to rest.

For over 300 years, he and his tormented victims rested just feet from each other.

Greyfriars Kirkyard Graveyard

MacKenzie’s Tomb

One evening in 1998, a homeless man, trying to find shelter, entered the Greyfriars Kirkyard Graveyard and broke into the tomb of Sir George MacKenzie.  After gaining access to the final resting place of Bloody MacKenzie, he started to ramsack the mausoleum before unexpectedly falling into a pit filled with the remains of plague victims.  The homeless man was heard screaming hysterically as he ran from the Greyfriars Kirkyard Graveyard, into the night.  He was not seen again.

Some say this act of trespassing and vandalism awakened the evil spirit of Sir George MacKenzie.

Since that evening, visitors have reported a feeling of unease, a dark presence and other paranormal disturbances, some more serious than others.  With over 500 visitors reporting physical attacks — most documented with photographs — it has become a hot spot for the paranormal enthusiasts who are daring enough to take a tour.  Visitors have reported and documented attacks including burns, scratches, skin gauges, bruises and even broken fingers, some even describe being punched or kicked by an invisible attacker.  Others have reported nausea, numbness, strange smells and hallucinations.  All of which occurred with multiple witnesses present.

Greyfriars Kirkyard GraveyardIn 2000, Colin Grant, an exorcist, and minister of a spirited church, attended the Greyfriars Kirkyard Graveyard in an attempt to banish any evil spirits that may be present on the grounds.  While trying to connect to the spirit world, he said he was surrounded by hundreds of tormented souls or spirits.  Fearing for his life, he left the ground before ever managing to rid the graveyard of spirits.  He said the evil was far too powerful for him to overcome.  Grant died 3 weeks later from an unexpected heart attack.

In the picture to the right, you can see Grant in the graveyard when the camera captures a black figure walking by the window in the church, even though the church is locked and no one is inside.  Click here for more on the exorcism and photograph.

Today, many people believe the Greyfriars Kirkyard Graveyard is haunted by the spirit of MacKenzie’s ghost, which has become popularly known as The MacKenzie Poltergeist, a sinister spirit who’s hatred lives on beyond the grave and inflicts punishments on anyone who dare disturbs his final resting place.


Have you visited Greyfriars Kirkyard Graveyard in Scotland?  Are you intrigued?  Would you dare to visit such a terrifying location?  Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Greyfriars Kirkyard Graveyard