Greyfriars Kirkyard is a cemetery located in Edinburgh, Scotland, and known to be one of the most well documented areas of poltergeist activity in the world. This is lead by the belief that it is the site of one of the bloodiest religious persecutions carried out in the 17th century by King appointed Lord Advocate Sir George Mackenzie against the rebel Presbyterian Covenanters for their failure to accept state approved religion and swear loyalty to the King.
In this cemetery is The Black Mausoleum the resting place of Sir George Mackenzie, he was nicknamed “Bluidy Mackenzie.” Since he is the reason for over 18,000 deaths while they were imprisoned, until his death in 1691.
As a tale is told that for more than 300 years, all that laid to rest in the cemetery where at peace, then one night in 1998, a homeless man wanting shelter from the rain, broke into the Black Mausoleum. The homeless man ransacked the tomb, smashing caskets on every level until he came to one which held the body of Mackenzie himself.
While prying open the casket, the floor gave way and the homeless man fell dropping him in to a pit that was filled with the remains of still decaying plague victims. The putrefied remains and stench of rotting flesh cause the homeless man to lose his sanity and run screaming from the mausoleum.
After this tale in 1999 their where reported sightings of a poltergeist, as well as several “cold spots” and visible burns and bruises, have been claimed and cited by visitors to the graveyard. One claim is a passerby looking through the iron gates of Mackenzie’s tomb was (in her own words) “blasted back off its steps by a cold force”. Another claim a woman was found near the tomb’s entrance lying unconscious and her neck covered with bruises as if someone had tried to choke the life from her.
More than 450 witnesses have come forward with claims and over 100 having apparently fainted while on the grounds. Other incidents include burns, skin gouges (around the neck and abdomen); unexplained bruises; broken fingers; feeling as if one’s hair is being pulled. Some have said they were punched or kicked by an invisible attacker while in the Mackenzie tomb. Others talk of feeling nausea or numbness, strange smells or auditory hallucinations such as wall and floor knocks, all having occurred with multiple witnesses’ present. Some even claimed the ghost had followed them back home or to a hotel.
In 2000 an exorcist and minister was brought in to perform an exorcism ceremony on the graveyard, His name was Colin Grant. Standing in the cemetery performing the exorcism Colin claimed he was “overcome by the sensation of being surrounded by hundreds of tormented souls and evil spirits trying to break through to the mortal realm.” Unable to complete the exorcism saying the evil was too powerful for him to overcome. A few weeks later, Colin Grant was found dead of a sudden and unexpected heart failure.
Even after all this in 2004, a duo of teens broke in to the tomb and removed a number of unidentified remains, even beheading one corpse and using the skull like a hand-puppet. They were found and tried under centuries a centuries-old grave-robbing law described as “violation of sepulcher.”
Due many violations, the doors to the mausoleum remain locked, but visitors can still peek through and recite the old children’s rhyme: “Bluidy Mackingie, come oot if ye daur, lift the sneck and draw the bar!”