On Friday, Scottish Paranormal live-streamed an investigation inside Real Mary King’s Close, a historic building in Edinburgh, Scotland. The strange events could be seen in real-time by anyone watching around the world.
During the investigation, the group recorded a tapping sound on the wall of a room once occupied by the Chesney family. Andrew Chesney was the final resident of Real Mary King’s Close, forced out in 1902 by compulsory purchase.
Then, the voices of young children were heard in the building. A trio of people from Scottish Paranormal, the guest experience manager Katie Scott, and psychic medium Lee Dunn heard the voices in the building’s Annie’s Room section. More importantly, everyone watching the live stream around the world heard the voices, too.
The voice recording can be heard here. A $1 donation to the Radio Forth’s Cash for Kids is required to unlock the recording (Real Mary King’s Close’s fundraiser and rules, not through Cryptid Lab).
“This investigation was a fascinating experience,” said Paul Nixon, the Real Mary King’s Close general manager. “And one we’re delighted to have been able to share with such a wide audience.”
The investigation, which lasted near two hours, focused on the history of the property. Prior to the investigation, Scottish Paranormal researched stories of past residents of the property.
“There are records showing an unusual number of unexplained events over the years in the Real Mary King’s Close,” Nixon continued. “And we’ve worked with a number of scientists and historians to research the people who once lived the streets.”
Scottish Paranormal’s Ryan O’Neill commented on the eerie feeling at the property.
“You can feel the history in this location,” he said. “And you seriously feel like you have stepped back in time while being watched by the unseen.”
It shouldn’t be surprising that an old property with so much history is a hotspot for paranormal investigators.
The Real Mary King’s Close
The Real Mary King’s Close is a historical site located under buildings on the Royal Mile in the Old Town of Edinburgh, Scotland. The close is named after Mary King, a merchant burgess, who lived in the building in the 17th century.
Rumors of hauntings and paranormal occurrences have been synonymous with the close since as early as the 17th century. This is far from surprising for a building that survived the 1645 plague.
Some people don’t believe the hype, though. The Real Mary King’s Close is close to the old Nor Loch. This stagnant and highly polluted marsh could create biogas, or a mixture of gases produced by the breakdown of organic matter in the absence of oxygen (anaerobically), primarily consisting of methane and carbon dioxide.
The gas is believed to create eerie lighting, causing rumors of hauntings throughout the property. Others suggest the gas could also cause hallucinations.
This still doesn’t explain what Scottish Paranormal recorded during their investigation. The tapping on walls and children’s voices add a new fright that biogas can’t explain.