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Located in the old part of town in Edinburgh, beneath the streets and buildings above sits Mary Kings Close. Originally open to the Edinburgh air back in the 1600’s, it now lays preserved, a strange collection of dwellings and narrow passages covered by council chambers above originally built on the remains of the close thus providing the buildings foundations!
Named after Alexander Kings daughter, a prosperous business man who owned the majority of the properties there, Mary King later became a widow and lived at the top of the close herself. In 1753 the construction of the Exchange above consigned the close to eternal darkness; however the last recorded occupant of the close was forced out in 1902! His house is said to be one of the most haunted parts of the close!
In 1644 the worst outbreak of plague spread like fire throughout the narrow streets and closes of Edinburgh, Mary Kings Close is no exception and many lost their lives there. It is said that a plague pit was located not far from the end of the Close.
Disease, despair, poor living conditions, untimely death, murder and crime give Mary Kings Close every reason to be haunted, reports of ghostly phenomena have been recorded since as early as the 17th century and include but are not limited to:
- In one of the dwellings scratching noises are often reported where a chimney sweep is said to have been trapped and died!
- The noises of a tavern or a party are heard in an area that was once the local drinking place!
- A worried looking man is often seen pacing the close possibly the spirit of its last resident thrown out of his home!
- Little ‘Annie’ is the Close’s most famous spirit, a little girl, victim of the plague has been sensed and seen on numerous occasions, a shrine now sits where visitors from all over the world leave toys and dolls to appease her soul!
Book now and join W.A.S.P.S Paranormal on Sunday 28th May 2017 from 8:30pm – 2:30am!!!
A full ghost tour will take place to start the evening and build everyone up nicely for a full investigation which will include:
Exclusive access to the venue after opening hours.
Full access and use of our ghost hunting equipment.
Be as involved as you like with a friendly team, we thrive off involving our guests making you a part of our team.
Experience our Psychic Mediums and work alongside them, uncovering the secrets of the location.
As the event finishes in the early hours, we recommend staying over especially if you’re travelling far! Click the link below to check availability…