The Church of Crosbie has a very special connection with the poet Robert Burns. Its roof collapsed on the stormy January night of 1759, in which the poet was born. Crosbie is just under 40 miles away from Alloway.
The ruin was never rebuilt and has now been made inaccessible. Unfortunately, the entire cemetery is closed and not open to the public for safety reasons. Access is possible though on enquiery.
The church dates back to the 13th century, what remains is a ruin. Allegedly the kirkyard is haunted, shouts, sighs and groans have been heard.
Is this directly related to the ghost at the Fullarton estate? The Fullarton family owned Crosbie Towers as well as the church and cemetery. A white face seen by ghost hunters at a window once. The spirit of the cemetery?
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Scotland is a country full of history, stories and secrets. Often, the three cannot be separated. That is what makes this country so wonderful and unique. The stories of this book have been discovered and gathered for Erkenbach’s blog, Graveyards of Scotland, over many years.
Scotland for Quiet Moments is available as ebook and paperback on Amazon.
Her main sources were historical travel guides from the 18th and 19th centuries, where the finds were scary, beautiful, funny, and sometimes, cruel.This unusual approach to a country’s history has produced amazing results. You don’t have to share the author’s passion for cemeteries to enjoy this book; only a small number of the stories in this collection take place in graveyards, though they do all end in them, so perhaps it helps.
The fairy hill in Inverness, a nitrate murder on Shetland, a family of left-handers, wolves, Robert the Bruce and William Wallace shown in a new light, the secret bay of the writer Gavin Maxwell, a murdering poet and so many things you didn’t know about Scotland, its clans and its history.