Myths & Legends
Robert the Bruce & the Spider
Have you ever heard the phrase “ if at first you don’t succeed try and try again “
Legend has it, it came from Robert the Bruce and the spider.
Robert the Bruce was born 1274. He became king of Scotland 1306. He was defeated in a battle and he fled and found shelter in a cave. He was there for 3 months.
At his lowest point he saw a spider building a web near the cave entrance.
After the spider kept failing it kept trying and finally built the web.
Bruce, in watching the spider, took the inspiration and gathered himself up dusted himself off and went back out and fought and won the battle of Bannockburn in 1314.
The poltergeist of Greyfriars Kirkyard in Edinburgh, Scotland
Haunting this cemetery is George MacKenzie whose activities give him the name MacKenzie Poltergeist. George MacKenzie is a ruthless persecutor of the Scottish Covenanters, a Presbyterian movement in the 17th century. Visitors to the cemetary say that he is the most aggressive and active poltergeist from all haunted places.
In 1999, according to legend, a homeless man breaks into the Black Mausoleum to find a place to sleep. That is when he releases MacKenzie’s ghost. Scottish poet Robert Louis Stevenson predicts this release in his 1879 book “Edinburgh: Picturesque Notes”. He writes, “When a man’s soul is certainly in hell, his body will scarce lie quiet in a tomb however costly; some time or other the door must open, and the reprobate come forth in the abhorred garments of the grave.”
Ever since the release of George MacKenzie from his grave, visitors to the mausoleum return with bruises, scratches, burns, and even broken bones. The national newspaper The Scotsman writes in 2006, “To date there have been more than 450 documented attacks, at least 140 people have collapsed – and there have even been suggestions that the spirit may be responsible for a death.”