The Ghostly Hound of Barnbougle
Although its history goes back to the 13th century, the present castle is the result of rebuilding in 1881 by the 5th Earl of Rosebery, who served as the British Prime Minister from 1894–1895.
According to legend, Sir Roger Mowbray went as a crusader to the Holy Land, and was killed in battle. His faithful hound, still at home in Barnbougle, began to howl uncontrollably at the very moment of his master’s death. Finally, the hound died from grief for its master. It is said that its howls can still be heard at Hound Point, half a mile west of the castle, when the night is dark and windy. In another version of the story, it is said that when any of the lords are about to die, the dark figure of a man with a dog appears on the point, and sounds on a bugle the baron’s death-note. A ballad says:
And ever when Barnbougle’s lords
Are parting this scene below
Come hound and ghost to this haunted coast
With death notes winding slow.
Barnbougle Castle is on the south shore of the Firth of Forth, between Cramond and South Queensferry, not far from Edinburgh.