Glamis, Angus, Scotland

Glamis Castle

Glamis Castle

Glamis Castle is the home of the Earl and Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne. It has been the home of the Lyon family since the 14th century, though the present building dates largely from the 17th century. Glamis was the childhood home of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, wife of King George VI. The castle is protected as a category A listed building. It is open seasonally to the public.


The castle is reputed to be very haunted, with at least six ghosts associated with it. These include an apparition in the crypt; the audible cursing and occasional wandering after dark of Earl Beardie who gambled away his soul to the Devil; and a Grey Lady in the chapel believed to be Janet Douglas, who was burned at the stake on 17th July 1537 on a false charge of witchcraft. There is also the legend of the 'Monster of Glamis' who some believe may have been a vampire - or certainly something terrible enough to be kept locked up within the castle walls.

Glamis Castle,



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For further information, please read Britain's Haunted Heritage by J.A. Brooks, Guide to Ghosts and Haunted Places by Peter Underwood, Haunted Britain and Ireland by Richard Jones, Scottish Ghosts by E. Ashley Rooney and Haunted Castles of Britain and Ireland by Richard Jones.


Visitor Information

Glamis is a small village in Angus, Scotland.

It lies 4 miles south of Kirriemuir and 5 miles southwest of Forfar.

Pictured is Glamis Castle courtesy of Macieklew. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.