Near Montrose, Tayside
Probably the most well known person to have lived at Ethie Castle
was David Beaton, Abbott of Arbroath, who moved into the castle
in 1524 and spent much time having it extended into the great
house as it is today. He loved Ethie and he and his beautiful
wife had seven children there. David Beaton was to be murdered
at St. Andrews on 29th May, 1546.
Shortly after his death his ghost was seen at Ethie and even now,
although on much rarer occasions, his ghost has been seen, mainly
on a narrow staircase that leads to a secret doorway in his old
bedroom. A dragging noise and unexplained footsteps have been
heard on regular occasions.
A new governess arrived at Ethie and was given a room in the older
part of the house, an area which had been unoccupied for some
considerable time. After her first night there she complained
of being awakened by the sound of a child running in a room above
her bedroom, accompanied by the sound of what appeared to be a
wheeled toy being pulled along the floor. What was more disturbing
was the sound of a child sobbing. Finally, after the governess
had complained several times, investigations were carried out
and it was discovered that the door to the room immediately above
the governess' bedroom had been bricked up and panelled over.
When the wall was broken down the skeleton of a child was found
lying on the floor close to the remains of a little wooden cart.
After the bones had been buried, the sounds ceased completely.
Castle is also haunted by the ghost of a woman, sometimes seen
in the high-walled garden. Her appearances are said to warn
of a death in the family.
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