The Ghosts of Castle Fraser

The Ghosts of Castle Fraser Once upon a time, a princess found herself a guest of the Fraser family. She was given the Green Room as her bedchamber, and was solemnly asleep, when she was viciously murdered. By Liana Paraschaki Castle Fraser is known as one of the most imposing…

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The Fairy and the Miller’s Wife

The Fairy and the Miller's Wife One of the children reached out to touch her, trying to take a hold of the gold hanging loosely around her figure. The child’s fists closed around air, grasping nothing at all. She couldn’t touch the lady.  By Liana Paraschaki One day, one gloomy…

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The Banshee

The Banshee Banshees exist primarily in Scottish and Irish folklore, but a counterpart can also be found in Welsh mythology – and they are women whose screams and cries are an omen of death. Seems simple, right? By Liana Paraschaki Few creatures from Celtic mythology have as prominent a place…

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The White Lady of Rownam Avenue

The White Lady of Rownam Avenue I pleaded, and begged, and threatened my schoolmates, but none were willing to trespass the grounds of Rownam at night to see a ghost. By Liana Paraschaki Rownam Manor House was the property of Sir E.C., and a fine specimen of that, too! Its…

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Kelpies

Kelpies Typically residing near water, and taking the form of a black horse, the kelpie would lure travellers to their death. Words by Liana Paraschaki, Illustration by Linley Barba Folklore and mythology are filled with tales of spirits and magical creatures, benevolent and evil alike. But, perhaps none is more…

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The Swarthy Smith of the Socks

The Swarthy Smith of the Socks “Let us place a bet. I will bet you three hundred marks that I will make something for the next fair, that nothing you can make within the same time could ever surpass.” By Liana Paraschaki Once a month, the city of Edinburgh witnesses…

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The Boghall Brownie

The Boghall Brownie To leave my old haunts, oh my heart it is sair,But the wife gae me blankets – she’ll see me nae mair; By Liana Paraschaki It was the year 1850, and Boghall Farm was not doing particularly well. The farm had fallen into disarray, no trace could…

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The Mermaid Wife

The Mermaid Wife She begged and begged and begged the Shetlander to give her back her skin. But the man, stunned by her beauty and eager to possess her, cruelly refused... By Liana Paraschaki and Illustration by Allison McKay Beneath the rolling hills and evergreen meadows of the Shetland Islands…

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The Legend of Cora Linn

The Legend of Cora Linn “There cannot be a scene more romantic than this." By Kevin Robertson-Damer Thirty kilometres south of Glasgow, near the UNESCO World Heritage Site, New Lanark Mill, lie the Falls of Clyde. The area consists of four waterfalls; Bonnington Linn, Dundaff Linn, Stonebyres Linn and Corra…

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The Wee Bannock

The Wee Bannock It ran and ran, until it came across another large cottage that had just been newly thatched, and seeing the door open, the bannock took refuge inside; it ran right across the floor towards a fire that was burning in the first room it came to. By…

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