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The Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh, Scotland. The building is said to be haunted by the apparition of a woman in a blue dress, seen in the upper gallery not open to the public during performances. Some say, it might be the ghost of leading Victorian actress Dame Ellen Terry who performed here.

Theatre Royal, Edinburgh, Scotland. The original Theatre Royal, which stood at the corner of Waterloo Place and North Bridge for almost a century was reputed to be haunted. It appears to have been common knowledge among theatre attenders and the Edinburgh public in general of the ghostly goings-on after the curtain went down. The rumours were that when the last candle was snuffed out strange sounds and noises could be heard throughout the building as phantom thespians re-enacted performances on a dark stage to an empty house. Apparently, these ghosts vanished into the ether when the theatre was demolished in 1866 to make way for the General Post Office.

Mary King's Close, Edinburgh, Scotland. Mary King's Close is a focal point for the supernatural. In 1645 the life of the close was shattered forever. The plague struck this little community and there is a myth that the localcouncil decided to contain the plague by incarcerating the victims, bricking up the close for several years and leaving them to die inside . It is likely that this is why the close was nicknamed 'street of sorrows'. It certainly has a reputation of being haunted, one ghost of a little girl 'Annie' has become something of a local celebrity. Sad, because she had lost her favourite doll, there is now a room full of gifts left by visitors for her. Other ghostly residents include a woman garbed in a black dress, witnessed recently. Other phenomena, include cameras flashing for no apparent reason, and not working in parts of the close.

Death Coach, Edinburgh, Scotland. Legend has it that the Death Coach travels along the Royal Mile from Holyrood, drawn by a team of black horses. Some say they are headless, others say they have flashing eyes and breathe fire. If the coach is sighted, a disaster may soon befall the city.

Edinburgh Playhouse, Scotland. The theatre is said to be haunted by a ghost called Albert, who is apparently friendly but mischievous. It is believed that he is the
ghost of a maintenance man who was killed many years ago in a backstage accident. It is also worth noting the early history of the site upon which the playhouse is built. The Carmelite monastery once stood there and it is also the place where the hangman once plied his grisly trade. Major Thomas Weir, the infamous Wizard of the West Bow, who was said to be in league with the Devil, was burnt alive at the Gallowlea, where a church now stands at the end of Royal Terrace on the north-western shoulder of Calton Hill.

Last Drop Tavern, Edinburgh, Scotland. Grassmarket pub said to be haunted by a mischievous girl dressed in medieval clothing.  She has been sighted in the cellar and is known to play tricks on the staff.

On May 9,1911 The Great Lafayette, illusionist, magician and close friend of Harry Houdini was burnt to death on the stage of the Empire Palace Theatre, as a packed auditorium fled the conflagration. By the 1960's the theatre had become a bingo hall. But, on June 18,1994, thespians once again trod the boards as the glass-fronted Edinburgh Festival theatre was opened. However, in the same year it became apparent that The Great Lafayette had returned to his old haunt. A night cleaner had the fright of  his life when he saw a tall dark figure backstage. Other sightings by staff have since been reported describing a 'black shadow, or 'black figure', which suddenly materialises in the upper circle and vanishes a split second later. Flickering lights and 'cold spots' in the backstage area have also been noted.

Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh, Scotland. Undoubtedly, one of the most notorious haunted locations in Scotland. Reports of a poltergeist attacking visitors and 'ghost walk' party members experiencing rough treatment from forces beyond the grave. Associated with a Covenanters' prison, where many died, some say the presence is that of George 'Bloody' Mackenzie, former Lord Advocate, who imprisoned the Covenanters.

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