Second ‘ghost’ sighting at Tantallon Castle
A second photograph of a “ghost” at Tantallon Castle has surfaced, taken more than three decades before another that recently emerged.
It appeared to show a figure clad in Tudor dress and a ruff peering out of a crumbling window.
The photographer who took the picture last May claimed he saw no one there, and tests have ruled out digital tampering.
Experts suggested the image might have been a trick of the light, but confirmed sceptic Professor Richard Wiseman admitted he was puzzled.
The second photo was taken by Grace Lamb, from Edinburgh, at the same location 32 years ago.
It shows her late husband Hugh and two children Paul and Kelly – and behind them, what looks like a female figure staring out of an opening above the window in the original ghost photo.
As before, Mrs Lamb does not recall seeing the face when she pressed the camera button.
The figure was only noticed when the photograph was developed and has been a topic of heated debate by the family ever since.
The family sent the photo to Prof Wiseman after seeing news coverage of the original Tantallon “ghost”.
Prof Wiseman, from Hertfordshire University, headed a panel of experts looking at ghost pictures from around the world as part of a project for Edinburgh International Science Festival.
He said: “I am sceptical about ghosts, but this is a great find. There has been a huge number of people visiting the project website and I have received hundreds of images, but this is one of the most curious.”
Alex Pryce, of the Edinburgh Skeptics group, was unconvinced. He said: “When the picture is enlarged, it is quite obvious it is a woman with a carrier bag in her hand and her handbag over her shoulder. It is a woman in a pink jacket coming down some stairs with a shopping bag.”
The Telegraph – 03 Apr 2009