Join the Scottish Ghost Nights crew at the very Haunted Jedburgh Jail in the Scottish Borders. It has been the subject of much reported paranormal activity with apparitions of a ghostly piper on the battlements, strange light anomalies and reports of being touched by unknown forces…..With so much dark history is it any wonder that this site is teeming with paranormal activity?
History of Haunted Jeburgh Jail
The Jail was built on the former site of the 12th century fortress Jethart Castle which had been built by King David I to protect the town of Jedburgh. King Malcolm IV died at Jethart Castle in 1165. The original Jethart Castle was destroyed in 1409 by order of the Scottish Parliament to prevent it falling into the ownership of English invaders.
The Victorian Jedburgh Castle Jail housed men, women and children and was mostly used as a debtors jail. It was a harsh prison and conditions were bleak and much cruelty took place within the jail. There were executions at Jedburgh Castle Jail where criminals were hung on the gallows. This included Thomas Wilson who was executed after being found guilty for the murder of a young shepherd at St Boswells Fair. It was later discovered Thomas Wilson was innocent – perhaps he is one of the ghosts who walk the earth to prove his innocence. Jedburgh Castle Jail closed in 1886 and prisoners were imprisoned in larger, more modern jails and prisons in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Though the inmates were transferred the ghosts and spirits of restless inmates who died at this harsh jail remain.
Jedburgh Castle Jail Ghosts with Scottish Ghost Nights
Jedburgh Castle Jail is a favourite haunt of the Scottish Ghost Nights team. The male prison block proving to be particularly menacing. Grown men have trembled with fear and experienced ghost hunters have been so terrified they have said they would not return. The rest of the cell blocks are very haunted too with dark shadow figures, footsteps and even cell doors being known to slam!