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Halloween Special: ‘Spirits of Edinburgh’ by Ewan Irvine

30 October, 2020.7:30 pm-8:30 pm

Halloween Special The Spirits of Edinburgh by Ewan Irvine

Halloween Special


The Spirits of Edinburgh


30/10/2020. 7.30pm until 8.30pm. Free.


Are All Souls at Rest in Edinburgh? Our Halloween Special.


Join Ewan Irvine on Friday night at 7.30pm (UK) for our Halloween Special – ‘The Spirits of Edinburgh.’ Built in the 11th century, Edinburgh is Scotland’s ancient capital. It is also considered by many to be one of the world’s most haunted cities. In this Halloween special, storyteller and paranormal investigator, Ewan Irvine uncovers why.

Clues may lie in Edinburgh’s rich history and culture. Before the construction of the New Town, Edinburgh was once a densely populated city. It’s inhabitants, rich and poor lived in close quarters with one another. They lived in multi-story tenements in narrow closes across the city. Living in such close quarters created many diverse communities across the city. Each with their own stories and folklore which carried down through generations. Some of these stories remain legends to this day.

In this short Halloween Special, Ewan Irvine will bring to life some of these legends. He will tell the story of Thomas Weir, the famous Covenanter known as the ‘Wizard of the West Bow’. Discover why he and his sister tragically pleaded to be condemned to death.

Ewan will also tell the story of the infamous ‘Mackenzie Poltergeist.’ There have been several accounts of anomalous activity in the small mausoleum in Greyfriars Cemetery. Those who report sightings of the poltergeist often also tell of being cut or bruised. Who is this poltergeist, why is it seemingly hostile?

Finally, hear the tragedy of John Chiesly who became known as ‘Johnny-One-Arm.’ An unhappy marriage. Vengeance. Murder. Torture and mutilation. John Chiesly’s life had a gruesome end. Could this be why he reportedly still ‘haunts’ the Royal Mile?

Edinburgh’s legends have become entertainment. Flocks of visitors embark on one of the city’s many Ghost tours. However, in this context it is easy to forget the people behind the legends. These were real people. They suffered because of Medieval views on punishment and torture. They lived in terrible conditions. Living in such close proximity to one another allowed the plague to decimate whole communities. It is important to remember the people behind these stories.

These ancient voices should perhaps not be trivialised as entertainment. These are the voices of past-suffering that we would all do well to listen to. Perhaps their stories can teach us something about how we live today?

If there are spirits haunting Edinburgh, they are doing it for a reason. From what we understand they are trying to tell us something. Join us for our Halloween special — and listen to the stories of ancient souls.

What to Expect

This event is storytelling. Ewan Irvine will tell the stories of Edinburgh’s ancient inhabitants who became legends. All you need to do is listen.

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About Ewan Irvine

Ewan Irvine is an international Psychic and Medium, Tutor and Author with a career spanning over 30 years and has also worked extensively in the Paranormal field.  ​

He is a certificate holder of the Spiritualist National Union award (CSNU) in Demonstrating and Speaking.​

​Ewan was born in Edinburgh and had a normal childhood, apart from one thing. As a child, Ewan was aware that he was different from other children, being able to sense Spirit and be aware of events before they actually happened. He also had a firm interest in ghosts from this young age.

​As the years passed, he accepted these and really thought that they were just normal, but it was not until the age of 18 that he was to receive a reading from a medium that was to change his life. The reading, as well as giving him firm proof of the afterlife, answered many of the questions he had over the years. But the reading was to reveal that he would use his own Psychic gift in the years to come.​

​In the following years, Ewan was to develop his own ability in mediumship and began to demonstrate this ability in many of the Spiritualist churches and centres up and down the country. ​



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30 October, 2020
7:30 pm-8:30 pm
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The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre
25 Palmerston Place
Edinburgh, EH12 5AP United Kingdom


The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre
0131 625 0700


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