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A Terrible Apparition - Argyll & Bute Council Archives

Download A Terrible Apparition, an old Argyllshire ghost story believed to have been recorded by Marion Campbell of Kilberry, an eminent archaeologist, historian and writer. 

The document is part of the Campbell of Kilberry Papers, which range in date from 1633 to the 1950s. Most of the records in the collection are of the type that you would normally expect to find in estate papers - rentals, estate diaries, family and estate correspondence - but  there are also a few gems such as this.

Maybe there was indeed a ghost roaming Kilberry, intent on revenge against the man who kicked its skull into the burn. Or maybe the mystery has a slightly more down-to-earth solution. Argyll is quite well-known for its whisky. Perhaps Mr Dawson had been indulging in a few glasses of that, and the bag of wool was, perhaps, a sheep...?

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