Post by Joanna on Jan 2, 2017 20:09:25 GMT -5
Does Hanged Man Haunt Argyll’s Old Inn?
APPIN, Argyll, Scotland – Members of staff at an ancient pub fear they are being haunted by the ghost of a Highlander wrongly hanged for murder. Creepy goings-on, including rattling glasses, pans flying through the air and chairs falling over have been reported at the Old Inn. People also say they hear mysterious footsteps in an empty upstairs room and see outlines of a ghostly figure.
Landlord Jim Milligan fears the ghost of James Stewart is to blame. Stewart, known as James of the Glen, was hanged for shooting dead estate factor Colin Campbell – The Red Fox – in 1752. Milligan, 43, who reopened the Old Inn in the village late last year, said: “We’re worried that it is the ghost of James of the Glen. He drank in the pub and evidence for the trial was given in the back room of the inn.” He reported that a motion camera has been regularly activated at the inn overnight during the past year. He now plans to fork out £1000 to install a more sophisticated camera to see if it will pick up any images.
Milligan said the first incident started not long after he opened the pub when he and his employees heard a loud sigh. “Ever since then, things have been happening,” he claimed. “On one occasion, we looked into the kitchen area and one of the massive stock pots, which we keep on the floor, was falling from the ceiling. A couple of times, I swear you could see something walking across the kitchen.”
Barman Allan Colthart, 19, added: “Swords on the wall have rattled and glasses have clanked together. I was closing up one night and I heard three big thumps, like big footsteps.” Chef Liam Roberts, 24, said he had also heard heavy footsteps.
Lesley Moore, 49, a barmaid, said: “I didn’t really believe in that kind of stuff, then it happened to me. I was in here on my own. The fire suddenly went down and the glasses in the gantry started rattling. We had a St Andrew’s flag up above the gantry and, when the glasses stopped, the flag started billowing. I looked round and a chair was on its side.”
Source: Moira Kerr, The Daily Record, January 1, 2017.