The Tolbooth Musuem is the one of the oldest Scottish Gaol’s. Once the final place criminals and murderers saw before they walked to there inevitable deaths in the gallows below. Some of the spirits never left, along with some of the nastier ones
The Cells & Interior
The the building on a whole is rife with activity. With the majority of activity being reported from every corner. The Cells in particular however have the most unsettling feel. I imagine because of the fact of how much time the prisoners actually spent here. Dark shadows and the fount of shuffling feet accompanied by the clinking of chains are the most common occurrence within the prison. However during the 18ths century there where children held here. Kidnapped by heartless men looking to make a profit and then they where sent of to the west indies, to be sold into slavery. There cries are heard often from all parts of the building, loud wails and moans. An icey cold white white mist is seen gliding through the halls and up and down teçhe stairs.
Cell No.2 is a part of the building that all people get a sense of something nasty, something inside that just is not right. Home to some of Tolbooth’s most notorious prisoners, including witches and war criminals. Disturbing things have occurred inside. Strange and overwhelming smells come from within, smells of sewage and sulphur which absolutely no logical explanation. But stranger still are the affects the cell has had on some of the visitors. Some people have passed out and when awoken they complained of a overwhelming pressure around there throats, and later bruise marks that resemble fingers are there for all to see.
The Fittie witch was kept within this cell and it was customary in that day for a witch to be strangled then burnt. It is possible that she is showing the guests what happened to her and how it felt, this is often the case in many haunted locations, when an intelligent spirit is trying to interact. Or maybe she just enjoys causing pain.
The Jailer’s Room
The Jailers Room is another particular active room, with an aggressive haunting. People have often been pushed over in his cell, or walked into what seems to be an invisible wall. People have ran from the room after they exclaim that a thick black shadow came out of nowhere and pressed down upon them. The clinking of keys and footsteps can also be heard.
Tolbooth now just a museum, still holds alot of the original tools used in the toture and killing of many of its inmates. That along with the fact that the building hasn’t changed since the days of these men and women’s imprisonment. Could be a solid reason for the amount of activity in this location. And lets not forget the suffering and eventually death most of them faced.
Ghosts of Tolbooth Musuem
. The Fittie Witch,
. 4ft Tall Man,
. The Jailer
Tolbooth Prison was home to some of the most infamous prisoners of the day. Not all of them left
Janet aka The Fittie Witch was one of Scotland’s witches, she was said to taken part in some of the most foul acts in that age. Feared by other inmates, Janet Walker would often be heard in her cell talking to someone who wasn’t there. In this day being accused of witchcraft was a death sentence, and people where so terrified all you had to do was point at someone and declare them a witch. Next thing you know they would be hanging from the gallows. The story of the fittie witch could therefore be just a game of chinese whispers played for 100s of years. But the activity in her cell today in my mind clarifies what she was.
The 4ft Man
There is an impish little man often seen around the prison, especially up on the 4th floor. He comes across a mischievous little man, but that’s just the general feel you get from the place, nothing bad. He has been seen by numerous eyewitnesses and is Tolbooths most sighted spectre. Tho not to many of them actually stick around for long enough after seeing him to get much detail, he is said to be seen in turn of the 19th century clothing with a trilby hat and a green tweed jacket. Things often are misplaced up on the 4th floor or things are thrown across the room, there are reports of someone tapping people on the back even when there is no one around them.
There is a strange theory as to his height, the fourth floor where he is said to dwell was recently raised, and some people say they have seen him cut off at the knees. I wonder if the people down below see his feet. This does however support the theory that ghosts live in the past, for obvious reasons. But some mediums state that they reside in the building as it was, not as it is.
Every prison has to have a evil jailer and tolbooth seems to have just that. Tho history can not find records of any particular jailer, the men used to do this job throughout the years have had to be ruthless. Perhaps the one place they could be legally sadistic. The activity in the Jailers room is related solely to one the jailers, so some investigation will be needed.
Tolbooth prison is infamous as one of Scotland’s most haunted Gaols. Tho prisons are notorious to be haunted due to the general suffering that happened in these places, Tolbooth is one in its own.