Until next time friends.
People weren't lying when they said Scottish weather is miserable. The last few weeks I have had a bad case of cabin fever. It's either raining, snowing or just too damn cold to go outside. I've been able to go out for a few hours at a time before it gets dark (at 3.30PM may I add, still not used to that) to see the best of what Edinburgh has to offer which included a graveyard.
One of the coolest things I have seen over the past week is Greyfriars Kirkyard. Greyfriars is a cemetery in the centre of Old Town which is famous for a few reasons. The most talked about reason is Greyfriars Bobby. Greyfriars Bobby was a dog who guarded his master's grave inside the graveyard. It is said that the dog slept on his master's grave for 13 years before passing away. There is now a statue of the dog outside the cemetery, a pub in it's name and the dogs grave as soon as you enter.
Greyfriars Kirkyard is also famous for it's alleged paranormal activity. This cemetery is incredibly old with burials chronicling back to the late 16th century. Back when it was fully functioning they ran out of room to bury people, bones were scattered everywhere. The cemetery is home to the Mackenzie Poltergeist, a well documented phenomenon. There have been a multitude of reports of people being attacked, scratched, cut and even collapsing. These reports have tended to be in the area of Sir George Mackenzie's tomb and what was once the Covenantors Prison but is now locked off. It got so serious that an exorcism was performed with the exorcist Colin Gray, being overcome by the evil spirits in the area and dying of a heart attack only weeks later. As I mentioned Covenantors Prison is locked to the public due to all the reports and injuries. The only way to get in is with City of the Dead Tours which is a ghost tour of Edinburgh who have access.
Greyfriars has had some renowned names buried among it's soil. You Harry Potter fans may want to pay attention to this. J.K. Rowling lived in Edinburgh when she wrote the acclaimed novels. She is considered to have roamed the graveyard and found inspiration for some of the well known characters. The most notable being Tom Riddle which was the birth name of You-Know-Who (aka Voldemort). If you are a Harry Potter fan and plan on visiting Greyfriars you'll also be in for a treat to find the school that over looks it, George Heriot's, was the inspiration for Hogwarts and where J.K Rowling's kids now attend. Now, I have never been a Harry Potter fan, never understood all the fuss. However, after walking around the areas of inspiration and seeing it from a writing perspective - mad props to J.K. Rowling. I went home, devoured her Wikipedia page, bought the first book immediately and I've got to say..it's pretty good. It only took me 18 years after the hype to give it a go!
I'm going to go read some more HP chapters!
Until next time friends.
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