Edinburgh is full of ghosts. These strange little figures in miniature pine coffins were found buried on Arthur’s Seat in 1836.

the craggs and arthur’s seat

No one knows much about them but there has been speculation as to their use and origins ever since…17 were found in total and some say they represent a mock burial of the 17 victims of infamous murderers Burke and Hare. Like i said, Edinburgh is full of ghosts.

London Times, July 20, 1836:

That, early in July, 1836, some boys were searching for rabbits’ burrows in the rocky formation, near Edinburgh, known as Arthur’s Seat. In the side of a cliff, they came upon some thin sheets of slate, which they pulled out.

Little cave.

Seventeen tiny coffins.

Three or four inches long.

In the coffins were miniature wooden figures. They were dressed differently in both style and material. There were two tiers of eight coffins each, and a third one begun, with one coffin.

The extraordinary datum, which has especially made mystery here:

That the coffins had been deposited singly, in the little cave, and at intervals of many years. In the first tier, the coffins were quite decayed, and the wrappings had moldered away. In the second tier,  the effects of age had not advanced to far. And the top coffin was quite recent looking.

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4 responses to “ghosts…

  1. Very, very interesting.. Without being morbid, gothic, or even worse an Emo (!), this is very fascinating and made me look back to your post form December the 9th 2009 (the metal coffin). It seems like the enlightenment in positive Edinburgh had to be balanced with equally strong superstition.. more stories please..

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