The Scottish Hanging Tree
If the Scots say a site is haunted, I am wont to believe them. And they say this site is cursed.
There was an old tree used for hangings at Fort William, Scotland, which is today known as “the Outdoor Capital of the UK.” Fort William is located in the legendary Scottish Highlands, on the shores of Loch Linnhe. There was a real fort constructed there in the 1500s, from which the English could launch campaigns against the local Scottish Clans; the original was fashioned of wood, but the ruins located there now are of stone. (This militant origin for the name, tied to the persecution of the Scots by the English, has led for some to call for the name of the town to be changed.) The tree, an oak, was over three centuries old and stood outside the walls of the fort for generations before being cut down in the 1970s to make way for a library. Bad move. The result of this, which should come as a surprise to nobody, was a haunted library. I don’t know if the library currently located in Fort William is the same as the one constructed on the site of the felled tree, or, if it is the same, whether or not it is still haunted. I’ll let you all know if I can get official confirmation from the resident librarian.
I *was* able to confirm that there have been accidents at the Lochaber’s Nevis Range ski complex, reported online as being “next door” to the library. Is the area “cursed”?
WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced, and directed (and occasionally acted in) over two dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and True Crime genres. He obtained a doctorate in Occult Studies from Miskatonic University and is an active paranormal investigator. Is frequently told he resembles Anton Lavey. And Ming the Merciless.
Denn die totden reiten schnell!