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The Monster of Glamis
Smithsonian magazine ^ | 2-10-2012

Posted on 02/17/2012 4:40:50 AM PST by Renfield

“If you could even guess the nature of this castle’s secret,” said Claude Bowes-Lyon, 13th Earl of Strathmore, “you would get down on your knees and thank God it was not yours.”

That awful secret was once the talk of Europe. From perhaps the 1840s until 1905, the Earl’s ancestral seat at Glamis Castle, in the Scottish lowlands, was home to a “mystery of mysteries”—an enigma that involved a hidden room, a secret passage, solemn initiations, scandal, and shadowy figures glimpsed by night on castle battlements.

The conundrum engaged two generations of high society until, soon after 1900, the secret itself was lost. One version of the story holds that it was so terrible that the 13th Earl’s heir flatly refused to have it revealed to him. Yet the mystery of Glamis (pronounced “Glarms”) remains, kept alive by its association with royalty (the heir was grandfather to Elizabeth II) and by the fact that at least some members of the Bowes-Lyon family insisted it was real.....

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TOPICS: History
KEYWORDS: glamis; godsgravesglyphs; mystery; scotland; scotlandyet

Glamis Castle in the 18th century, shortly before its "mystery" began.

I have toured Glamis castle, and it is indeed gloomy and frightening, perhaps the spookiest place I have been. By the way, the correct pronunciation is "Glahms", not "Glarms", as the article claims.

1 posted on 02/17/2012 4:41:04 AM PST by Renfield
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To: SunkenCiv

Scottish castle ping.


2 posted on 02/17/2012 4:46:37 AM PST by Renfield (Turning apples into venison since 1999!)
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To: Renfield

+1 on Glahms; that’s lovely!


3 posted on 02/17/2012 5:47:36 AM PST by bksanders (Old Gets Older the Older I Get)
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To: Renfield
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4 posted on 02/17/2012 6:02:24 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Renfield

My wife has a sister who used to live in Tarvis outside of Aberdeen. We visited Glamis castle as well a number of other castles. Nobody mentioned the supposed secret...this is the first I’ve heard of it. You’re right, they pronounce it “Glams” or “Glahms” is you will.


5 posted on 02/17/2012 6:27:12 AM PST by driftless2
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To: Renfield

The Vampire Rabbits of Oxnard. Just keeping in the spirit of things.


6 posted on 02/17/2012 7:46:12 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Renfield

Dear friends; won’t you please donate what you can to the LET’S SEND BLUEUNICORN6 TO SCOTLAND TO SEE THE MONSTER CAMPAIGN. Send your donations to Free Republic. Help a poor kid to learn geography. “Scotland? Is that where my friend Scot lives over on 34th Street?” - blueunicorn6 in high school geography class.


7 posted on 02/17/2012 7:52:23 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Renfield

What I’ve never understood is how is it this ‘monster’ is so feared when the same men have fought bravely in battle, fearing nothing?

Many malformed individuals have been born over the years, and not in low numbers in those times, I would imagine. Why would they be so reticent to even speak of it? So fearful of it? Big deal, a malformed baby, even if it was royal. I can understand hiding the fact but the fear? Seems there is more to this story...


8 posted on 02/17/2012 11:26:43 AM PST by Beowulf9
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
GAWD!!!! Could you give us a little heads up before posting, I'm still trying to recover…
9 posted on 02/17/2012 1:56:00 PM PST by bksanders (Old Gets Older the Older I Get)
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To: bksanders

It’s not really hard to see why Slick Willy doesn’t stay home much.


10 posted on 02/17/2012 2:12:50 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Renfield
I have been to Scotland but it was over 50 years ago. I remember the name and remember seeing a castle that looked like Glamis but I am not certain that we went into it. Great spooky story, thanks for posting.
11 posted on 02/17/2012 2:24:23 PM PST by Ditter
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To: Renfield
I was thinking about this when I read the headline:


12 posted on 02/17/2012 9:14:17 PM PST by Defiant (If there are infinite parallel universes, why Lord, am I living in the one with Obama as President?)
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To: Defiant

Me, too! I clicked on it wondering why there was an article about Glamis. :-)


13 posted on 02/17/2012 9:15:48 PM PST by B Knotts (Just another Tenther)
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To: Renfield; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; ...

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks Renfield.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


14 posted on 02/18/2012 4:51:16 AM PST by SunkenCiv (FReep this FReepathon!)
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To: Renfield

Soooo, it’s a mystery because we’ve forgotten what the mystery was in the first place?


15 posted on 02/18/2012 7:57:45 AM PST by null and void (Day 1124 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made, Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: null and void

Couldn’t they use some sort of technology to map the place and at least discover the secret rooms?


16 posted on 02/18/2012 3:39:58 PM PST by marsh2
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Looks like there's plenty of room for Wilbur and "The Family" once they have outgrown the farmhouse.......



Ia! Ia! Cthulhu Fhtagn!

17 posted on 02/18/2012 10:32:39 PM PST by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: shibumi

I’d live there.

[and being a sept of the clan MacBeth, I have a hereditary right...so...who’s gonna help me go take it over?]


18 posted on 02/18/2012 11:27:49 PM PST by Salamander (You don't know what's going on inside of me. You don't wanna know what's running through my mind)
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To: Salamander

I’m going to go sleep on it right now.

But as of this moment, next Wednesday looks pretty clear.


19 posted on 02/18/2012 11:38:36 PM PST by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: shibumi

Okay.

I’ll hone the blades.


20 posted on 02/18/2012 11:43:55 PM PST by Salamander (You don't know what's going on inside of me. You don't wanna know what's running through my mind)
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To: Salamander

Actually, MacBeth had no connection to Glamis except in Shakespeare’s play.


21 posted on 02/19/2012 4:45:44 PM PST by Moiraine
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To: Moiraine

Yeah.
I know.

I was being facetious.


22 posted on 02/20/2012 2:28:13 AM PST by Salamander (You don't know what's going on inside of me. You don't wanna know what's running through my mind)
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To: Salamander

Sorry...


23 posted on 02/20/2012 11:57:28 PM PST by Moiraine
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