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My Gillie's Father's Story

Categories: Haunted Houses
Scary Books: The Book Of Dreams And Ghosts
: Andrew Lang

Fishing in Sutherland, I had a charming companion in the gillie. He

was well educated, a great reader, the best of salmon fishers, and I

never heard a man curse William, Duke of Cumberland, with more

enthusiasm. His father, still alive, was second-sighted, and so, to a

moderate extent and without theory, was my friend. Among other

anecdotes (confirmed in writing by the old gentleman) was this:--

The fa
her had a friend who died in the house which they both

occupied. The clothes of the deceased hung on pegs in the bedroom.

One night the father awoke, and saw a stranger examining and handling

the clothes of the defunct. Then came a letter from the dead man's

brother, inquiring about the effects. He followed later, and was the

stranger seen by my gillie's father.

Thus the living but absent may haunt a house both noisily and by

actual appearance. The learned even think, for very exquisite

reasons, that "Silverton Abbey" {192} is haunted noisily by a "spirit

of the living". Here is a case:--