The Unexplained: The Mystery at the window of Tantallon Castle

In one of the world’s most haunting photos, a figure appears to be gazing out the window.

In 2009, Christopher Aitcheson took a photo of an exterior wall of Tantallon Castle in North Berwick, East Lothian, Scotland.  The 14th Century castle was built in 1350 by William Douglas, First Earl of Douglas.  It looks out over the Firth of Forth.  One can see deep scars on the exterior left by the forces of Oliver Cromwell in 1651. Tantallon is a medieval curtain wall castle.  

Christopher’s color photograph is an interesting shot.  The thick stone walls are overbearing to those below.  When Christopher examined his final print, he was shocked to discover a mystery.  

There was a figure in one of the upper windows, peering out.  The figure was in medieval dress, with a cream-colored ruff around the neck.

When Christopher gave the photo to some experts to examine, they could find no evidence of trickery or digital manipulation.  They were completely baffled.  There were no display dummies on-site or costumed tour guides.  

Yet there was the person who appeared to be from the past, captured for an instant gazing out the window.  

Who could this be?  

The photo has become known as “one of the world’s most haunting pictures.”  Christopher Aitcheson was not aware of any presence or activity when he took the photo.

This is not the first evidence of roaming spirits at Tantallon.  There is a Singing Boy who has haunted the castle for years.  

Who is he?  

He has been captured on audiotape by more than one paranormal investigator.  One of them with the byline of Ryanon has put up one of the tapes online.  I listened to it and you can hear a faint melody.  It sounds like a boy singing in the shower.

There are other audiotapes of ghost voices, both men and women echoing through Tantallon.  

One of the men clearly utters the word “spy” several times.  

Another man seems to answer someone, “aye!”    

The same woman’s voice says, “Linton Sue” more than once.  I imagine more voices will be captured in the months and years to come – as the paranormal equipment becomes more sensitive and sophisticated.  Who are they and what are they trying to tell us?


Sara Marie Hogg is the author of Quite Curious, a collection of true stories about the bizarre and unexplained. Please click HERE to find the book on Amazon.

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