Apparitions of long dead soldiers have been reported near the boating lake on the anniversary of the Battle of Langside on 13 May 1568. The Battle marked the final defeat for Mary Queen of Scots who had been held prisoner in Loch Leven Castle for putting her half brother James Stewart in as regent.

It was in 1568 when she escaped and put together an army of more than 6000 men under the command of the Earl of Argyll to takeover regency from James Stewart. The battle itself lasted just 45 minutes. Mary’s troops fled shortly after the battle commenced suffering just 300 casualties. James Stewart held his forces back making sure not massacre the retreating troops of Mary, keeping the wounded to a bare minimum.

It was then after this defeat Mary fled to England, stopping at Dundrennan Abbey along the way. She was to never set sights on Scotland again.

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