Saturday, July 6, 2013

UK Trip #9: Holyrood Palace and Another Ghost!

Today, Holyrood Palace is the official residence of the Queen of England and Prince of Wales and is a setting for State ceremonies and official entertaining.  According to, Holyrood was founded as a monastery in 1128. It's located at the end of the Royal Mile. Previously it was a hunting retreat for one of the early kings. Mary, Queen of Scots, that we met at Edinburgh Castle, also lived there between 1561 and 1567. She actually turned this hunting retreat into a palace. Successive kings and queens have made the Palace of Holyrood House the premier royal residence in Scotland.

SHORT VIDEO- We weren't allowed to take photos inside the palace, so we shot this brief introductory video from the front of the building to give you a look. 

The front of Holyrood House Palace

GHOST IN THE QUEEN'S ANTE-CHAMBER - The oldest part of the castle. This is a large room that connects to the queen's bedroom.
The ghost of the captain I saw
It was here that I (Rob) saw the ghost of a middle-aged man with salt and pepper hair, dark eyebrows and dark eyelashes standing in the room!  The man told me that he was / is a captain of the guard there and was responsible for defending the castle.
  I'm unsure if he died in the castle or if he died outside in battle. There were a lot of people around, and it was difficult to focus on what he was saying, but his face was very, very clear to me. Here's a drawing of the Captain that I did immediately after seeing him in the Queen's Ante-Chamber.

NEXT: A Horrible History, a Still Bloody Floor, and a Residual Haunting

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next