Skip to comments.The Monster of Glamis
Posted on 02/17/2012 4:40:50 AM PST by Renfield
If you could even guess the nature of this castles 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 Earls ancestral seat at Glamis Castle, in the Scottish lowlands, was home to a mystery of mysteriesan 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 Earls 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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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.
Scottish castle ping.
+1 on Glahms; that’s lovely!
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.
The Vampire Rabbits of Oxnard. Just keeping in the spirit of things.
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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...
It’s not really hard to see why Slick Willy doesn’t stay home much.
Me, too! I clicked on it wondering why there was an article about Glamis. :-)
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Soooo, it’s a mystery because we’ve forgotten what the mystery was in the first place?
Couldn’t they use some sort of technology to map the place and at least discover the secret rooms?
Looks like there's plenty of room for Wilbur and "The Family" once they have outgrown the farmhouse.......
Ia! Ia! Cthulhu Fhtagn!
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?]
I’m going to go sleep on it right now.
But as of this moment, next Wednesday looks pretty clear.
I’ll hone the blades.
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