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The Mystery Room, Cupar, Fife

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on September 6, 2015 by gstewartauthor

Spent some time today in the Mystery Room in the County Buildings, Cupar. It has jail doors, but why would a jail from the 1800s have fine stonework and 2 fire places? Why does the room have 2 fire places….it doesn’t need them? Why does the room have 2 doors from the same corridor? No evidence that it was ever 2 rooms. Found some answers today, but every answer raised more questions!!

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Spooky Isles

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on August 21, 2015 by gstewartauthor

I am featured as a guest writer on the Spooky Isles website again this week, read about the ghosts of St Andrews here

Supernatural St Andrews

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on May 3, 2015 by gstewartauthor

It’s been a long time coming, around 20 years between first starting to gather the ghost stories of the town to finally finishing the research and compiling the tales into one volume, but finally Supernatural St Andrews is finished. I am really pleased with how this book has come out, and I believe it to probably be the most historically complete collection of ghost tales from the town, with the background to all of the main ghosts uncovered and long forgotten spooks and stories re-discovered.

With maps and plenty of photographs, readers can easily visualise the various locations as they read about them, and people visiting the town can follow the routes or I will be more than happy to offer personalised tours for small to medium sized groups whenever possible, please use the ‘contact’ section on this page if you are interested.

The book is available on Kindle now, with the paperback to follow soon. This book is also the first in a new venture, Haunted Publishing. Loads of work ahead of me!

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The Haunted Tower of St Andrews Cathedral

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on March 21, 2015 by gstewartauthor

As part of the research for my new book ‘Supernatural St Andrews’, one of the key things I wanted to do was to gather as many photographs as I could to allow the reader the be able to visualise the locations behind the stories. A picture is worth one thousand words, as they say. Unfortunately repairs have been ongoing at one of the key sites, the Haunted Tower, home of the infamous White Lady of the cathedral, and where a secret chamber was discovered containing coffins with well preserved bodies, giving the appearance they had just been buried, despite the fact that in the two hundred years of earlier records available, there was no mention of the tower ever being used for burials. A request for the fencing around the tower to be removed to allow me to take a photograph was granted, although one section had to be left due to shuttering around a tombstone making it difficult to move.

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While seeking permission, I also asked if I could view inside the tower, which is kept locked and is not open to the public and, after some form filling, Historic Scotland said yes! The chambers inside are far smaller than I ever thought they would be, and it is difficult to see how up to twelve coffins could have fitted inside, but I am reliably informed they were placed in a standing position lining the walls. In such a small, cramped space it was also difficult to take decent photographs, but I managed to get a couple, with the one below being the alcove that Dean W.T. Linskill, the recognised authority of his time in local ghostlore and author of the 1911 book ‘Haunted St Andrews’, stacked the coffins after he had the crypt, which had been bricked up, opened in the late 1800’s.

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The coffins, which had been found to be empty at that time, had started to disintegrate. What happened to the bodies in the twenty years that had passed since the chamber was last opened remains a mystery. Despite the difficulties their size caused, I really did feel quite privileged to stand in these tiny chambers, where so few have ever stood before me and where so much mystery still lies, to experience the atmosphere for myself. The full story of the tower will be in Supernatural St Andrews, available for pre-order very soon.

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It’s been a long time!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on February 15, 2015 by gstewartauthor

The title says it all, it’s been a while since I posted! An ongoing and worsening shoulder injury has made the work on my new book slow going! Still, it’s almost there, and at around 45,000 words and 70 plus photographs will be a decent sized book. I now have a mock-up for the cover, which I’m pleased with though might want to change the font for the text.

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New Release

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on September 2, 2014 by gstewartauthor

After a successful launch event at Waterstones in Kirkcaldy, Haunted Kirkcaldy is now available in book stores and online. This was the first time I have done a launch night, and the nerves were kicking in, but the audience were great and all seemed to go well. The staff at Waterstones in Kirkcaldy were also very supportive, even setting up a spooky theme in the shop!! I can’t thank everyone enough.

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It’s back to work now on the next title. I have several started, but need to now focus on getting one finished!

Haunted Kirkcaldy

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on August 14, 2014 by gstewartauthor

Due to other writing commitments It’s been a while since I have had time to update the blog, but I am now planning regular updates. Lots of information to follow, but I was delighted to get the following great piece written about the forthcoming book ‘Haunted Kirkcaldy’ in the regional press today:

Ghosts in public houses, playful poltergeists and phantom footsteps are just a taste of the spooky goings on in the Lang Toun’…

And they’re all chronicled by paranormal investigator Gregor Stewart whose book ‘Haunted Kirkcaldy’ debuts this month at Waterstones.

But in advance of the August 31 event, the father-of-two told the Press just how deep he had to dig to unearth the town’s darker past.

“I was surprised but it took a lot of effort to pull the stories together, “ he said.

“I thought it would be a case of poring over dusty old books in the library but, although there’s been an awful lot of stuff reported in the area, little has been documented and passed down.”

He explained: “There was a story about a ghost in the late 1800s who had been terrifying women going to work at the linoleum factory. He was described as eight feet tall and floated, but rather than document this, men went out with clubs to destroy the fiend!”

Recorded ghostly hotspots include Betty Nichols and the Feuer’s Arms, while readers might be more surprised to learn of the ‘strangling monk’ of Buchanan Court or the poltergeist of Oak Tree Square.

But Gregor’s investigations also unearthed tales of Kirkcaldy’s tragic past.

“There have been a couple of figures seen in the Old Kirk but nobody knew why they were there,” he said.

“But then I learned in 1828 hundreds of people went to the Kirk to hear the well-known preacher, Rev Edward Irving, deliver a service, resulting in the church being filled to, if not beyond, capacity.

“As he entered, the people surged forward to see him and this caused the north gallery to collapse, killing 24 people and injuring around 150.”

Gregor’s interest in paranormal stories was instilled in him as a youngster by his grandfather, a decorator who specialised in gold-leaf work in historic buildings such as Falkland Palace.

Nevertheless Gregor, who works as a building control surveyor with Fife Council, describes himself as an “open minded sceptic.”

“If I’m asked if I believe in ghosts, I answer no,” he said.

“But, equally, if I’m asked whether I think ghosts don’t exist, the answer is still no.”

On an overnight visit to Pittenweem Tolbooth Tower, Gregor and his son felt “distinctly uncomfortable” but that’s as far as he’ll go.

Leonard Low , author of Weem Witch, said: “Many people have asked to stay in the tower and it was worse than Scooby Doo! What I like about Gregor is he’s sensible and nobody’s fool.”

The story can be read here

The book can be pre-ordered on Amazon here