If you ask most psychics, ghost hunters, and other paranormal investigators about cemeteries, the first thing they’ll tell you is that, for the most part, they aren’t haunted at all. In fact, a lot of psychically gifted people will tell you that cemeteries are often peaceful places. That’s not the case for Greyfiars Kirkyard in Edinburg, Scotland. Not only is the cemetery insanely haunted, the activity inside its gates has become so violent that it’s not uncommon for people to leave in hysterics having been scratched, bitten, and pushed, but in most cases, people straight up pass out from fear.
Greyfriars Kirkyard dates back roughly to the 1560s, and though it’s said to be home to quite a few ghosts, there’s one in particular that is believed to be at the center of all the violent activity: George “Bluidy” Mackenzie. During life, George Mackenzie was a notoriously nasty man.
A Scottish lawyer during the 17th-century, Mackenzie was directly responsible for the deaths of around 18,000 of King Charles II opponents. In fact, many of them were imprisoned inside a section of the Greyfriars Kirkyard. This delighted Bluidy Mackenzie, who loved to see the inmates tortured, starved, and eventually decapitated, with their heads placed on the spikes atop the gates that surround Greyfriars Kirkyard.
Fittingly enough, Bluidy Mackenzie himself was eventually buried in a large, imposing tomb inside Greyfriars Kirckyard, directly connected to the stone archway that leads to the Covenanter’s Prison, where thousands of the people he put to death were tortured and eventually killed. He doesn’t seem happy about it, because according to countless first-hand experiences, he remains as much the the violent, evil maniac in death as he was in life.
Over the years, the stories of violent paranormal activity at Greyfriars Kirckyard have continued to pile up, with one of the most famous being an incident that occurred in 1999. A homeless man, who had broken into Bluidy’s Tomb to escape the freezing Scottish weather, decided to spend the night in George Mackenzie’s coffin. It ended as badly as you might have already guessed. The coffin, which hadn’t been opened in hundreds of years, crumbled around the man, who ran screaming that he had accidentally released the ghost out into the world again. He may have been right.
Over the last few years alone, over 170 people have passed out during tours of the cemetery, there have been more than 500 visually documented attacks, and through a channeling session, ghost of Mackenzie himself has claimed responsibility for the death of a local psychic. Many people who visit the grave walk away with burns, bloody noses, and even broken bones.
The bravest (or stupidest) people who visit the grave of George Mackenzie often recite a famous nursery rhyme, one said to send the ghost into a rage. For those interested in leaving with some broken bones or bruises the rhyme goes, ”Bluidy Mackingie, come oot if ye daur, lift the sneck and draw the bar!”
The cemetery is open for tours and guided investigations, however the guides do make a point to let first-timers know that countless people have left bloodied and bruised, so be prepared for what can often turn into a very terrifying experience. It seems that even in death old Bluidy Mackenzie still has full reign of the ancient graveyard, and likes to prove that terrifying and torturing are what he does best.