Ghostbusters record ‘spirits’ at haunted pub

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PARANORMAL investigations of central Edinburgh’s oldest pub have uncovered further spooky shenanigans after a ghostly presence was caught on camera.

Scottish Ghost Adventurers spent a night at The White Hart Inn in the Grassmarket after being spurred into action by a picture taken by Aussie tourist which appeared to show an apparition among the regulars at the bar. The results of their investigation have now been posted on YouTube.

Photo of our ghostly apparition from the White Hart 'Inn on the' Grassmarket.  Couple in the foreground are 'the Australian' tourists who took the photo. Note what looks like a 'hand when you zoom' to the red blur in the centre of the image.

Photo of our ghostly apparition from the White Hart 'Inn on the' Grassmarket. Couple in the foreground are 'the Australian' tourists who took the photo. Note what looks like a 'hand when you zoom' to the red blur in the centre of the image.

Bar manager and self-proclaimed sceptic Michael Johnson, 31, said: “I was in on the night the picture was taken and I do find it hard to explain. When I first started here I just laughed off the stories, but things seem to keep happening. An American tourist a couple of weeks ago came tearing out of the toilets saying that something grabbed his shoulder, one of the barmaids had her hair pulled while changing a barrel, people often hear footsteps upstairs after the bar is closed and our cleaner says he will leave if he has one more strange encounter.

“The Scottish Ghost Adventurers set up a lot of equipment downstairs in the oldest part of the building, including an Electronic Voice Phenomenon machine, which seems to have picked up a voice saying “Help me, help me” and then something about a baby. I was upstairs with them the entire time, so I know they didn’t do that themselves.”

Research carried out since the photo’s discovery had uncovered an unverified drawing of a prostitute dressed in red who is believed to have been killed on the premises during the 1800s.

Colin Connor, 40, lead investigator with Scottish Ghost Adventurers, said: “It seems to me that they are seeing the effects of both an intelligent haunting, which is able to interact with people and objects, and a residual haunting, which is usually the result of some traumatic event, such as a murder, which took place on the premises. Intelligent hauntings are often spirits that are scared to cross over, perhaps because of things they did while they were alive, but a medium would be able to help them move on. However, a residual haunting, like the apparition caught in the picture, is something that is likely to simply repeat over and over.”

However, with the picture causing asurge in interest in the Inn, which was already featured in a 2003 BBC documentary on hauntings, help could be at hand.

Spiritualists from The Arthur Conan Doyle Centre are to revisit the bar soon to continue with their own investigation. Chairman Ann Treherne said: “We will be accompanied by mediums who will be able to help any spirits within the premises to move on.”