Leith Hall has been named the most haunted building in Aberdeen for a reason. This location is haunted by all manner of spirits and theres alot of them. Poltergeist activity, ghostly children, potentially demonic presence and interactive full body apparitions. It is no wonder Leith Hall has attracted so much attention from the media and famed ghost hunters. Not to mention the public executions on the Hanging Tree within in the grounds and a long bloody and brutal history of murder. Leith Hall has got a hell of alot going on here even when nobody is looking.
Ghost Hunting At Leith Hall
Leith Hall is the most haunted location in Aberdeen and possibly in scotland. With such an extensive list of documented paranormal events, this location is hard to ignore. Leith Hall in its entirety is active both day and night but there are some rooms more active than others.
The Master Bedroom has played host to many recognised names throughout the years. One in particular was Elizabeth Bryed, a famed paranormal writer in her day. She rented out the entire east wing of the building in order to experience the haunting of Leith Hall in its whole. In her time here she slept in the Master Bedroom with her husband and the disturbances she, her husband and countless others witnessed was nothing short of phenomenal.
All Guests would pass this room in particular and get a overwhelming sense of threat and presence, and it is still the same in the modern day with few people entering willingly. For some reason this sense of terror came of the ancient bed in the centre of the room, this bed in particular had been there for a very very long time. Vivid nightmares are a normal occurrences whilst sleeping in this bed. People report of the same nightmare always, a distorted face bending over them then either strangling them with its long white fingers or smothering them with a pillow. After this nightmares, shockingly guests and Elizabeth woke up countless times to discover harsh bruises around there neck.
Whatever is in this room we can be certain its of the lowest kind of spirit. During her time here Elizabeth brought her faithful pooches along but they refused to enter, they would just stand in the doorway growling. There are constant and sudden temperature drops in the master bedroom to the point where you can see your breath in front of your face. Temperature drops are a sign a spirit is about to manifest.
Strangely enough Elizabeth saw two spirits in the Master Bedroom during her stay here, A stump man with a green coat and pants, a grizzly black beard and a dirty bandage wrapped around his head. In reaction Elizabeth screamed ” Go Away, Go Away! ” and surely enough the man walked straight through a dressing table and out the window. Another apparition was that off a young lady in victorian dress. She would wander aimlessly around the room whilst Elizabeth watch with terror from under the sheets. The lady would show up and the room would stink of food or camphor and the sound of clicking crystals could be heard. All of this activity is still frequent and constantly reported today.
The East Wing in itself in very haunted. It would seem the spirits from the bedroom are not just confined to that room. Violent poltergeist activity is continuous here. Large and heavy objects are often lifted from there places and flung across the room to smash off walls, that’s when they aren’t being aimed at the living. But there is also something else here. Children are seen in this part of the building both day and night playing together. “When you cant see them you can hear them” Elizabeth reported and that’s constant today. Light footsteps are heard all over Leith Hall running, there are even reports of people being nudged from the waist upon hearing the footsteps running towards them. There running and laughter however has a warmer feel than that of the master bedroom.
The Hanging Tree, discovered by Most haunted’s Derek Acorah is a new part of Leith Hall where activity is rife. Used for public executions, the rope marks on the branches can still be seen today. That is a strong sign more than one person was killed here. A grey mist is reported to linger around the tree and the main staircase which blocks your path, upon approaching the mist people have been known to suddenly and violently vomit. Which also comes with a sense of absolute fear. Cries of fear and pain still resonate from the tree in the black of night. The hopeless men and women still calling out for any form of hope.
Leith Hall a very rare and special place, with this level of activity. It stands strong as Aberdeen’s most haunted location. Most of the activity reported above is present around the entire hall. And it occurs regularly. We cant be sure what it is here, but nightmares and marks are always a sign for something demonic. Not just angry.
Ghosts of Leith Hall
. John Leigh III
. Henrietta Leith Hay ?
. Leiths Phantom Children
Leith Hall is residence to a great number of spirits but not all of them can be named at the moment. But that doesn’t make them any less present.
John Leigh III is Leith Hall’s most famous ghost. John was shot in the head in a drunken brawl at Archie Campbell’s Tavern in 1763. However he did not die until christmas day some days later. The spirit that is seen most often is the man with the dirty bandages around his head. His appearance fits perfectly to John Leigh. But is he responsible for the violent attacks and nightmares ? Of Course we can think that he would still be angry about his murder but that would give reason for him to attack strangers. Or perhaps he simply doesn’t like intruders in his ancestral home, but in life he was described as a proud but gentle and controlled man. So again this just doesn’t fit the description.
The events described do seem to add up to demonic activity. As they are well known for manipulated dreams or giving a place a unreasoned sense of internal terror. Demons are attracted by all of the darkest deeds. With the hanging tree just outside and countless deaths taking place there. It seems a logical explanation. Or perhaps there are some more sinister secrets to Leith Hall that the owners do not want the public to know. Whatever happend to attack this thing you can be sure it was not pleasant.
Other known ghosts of Leith Hall are the victorian lady and the spectral children. The victorian lady could be the ghost of Henrietta Leith Hay. But there is not alot of historical records on this lady. All we know is that the time period fits as well as the victorian era dress. The children can not be accounted for unfortunately. Both of which show strong evidence to be only residual hauntings however. Which are just living memories and not intelligent like our friend John. But Darker entities are well known for disguising himself as children to gain the trust of the living, making it easier to latch on. Which ultimately is there goal. So always be wary of the ghost of a child reaching out for help. It could have a drastic outcome.
Leith Hall is so incredibly haunted that paranormally activity of all kinds have been recorded for 100’s of years and are still being recorded today. This location is one of the few that without a doubt earns a 5* rating.