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Where the ghost of the Grey Lady wanders? In a family chapel of counts Strezmor and Kingkhorn, one of benches it is allowed to anybody to occupy

In the Scottish lock of Glems (Glamis). This place is reserved for the Grey Lady who lived here in the 16th century and still regularly visits the far descendants...

the Grey Lady - a house, family ghost. She frightens nobody, does not do harm, even on the contrary, patronizes the family. Most often it is seen in a chapel, the Grey Lady - very devout ghost.

Generally, at the Grey Lady a family Boaz - Lyon which head carries a title of count Strezmor and Kingkhorn is a lot of descendants, not only. Among other things, the Grey Lady of a pr - a pr... (only 12 times) grandmother of the queen Elisabeth II.

Lady Janet was burned alive on July 17, 1537 on an esplanade of the Edinburgh Castle. In the history she remained as Lady Glems in spite of the fact that by then there was already Campbell, and was executed, by and large, for the maiden name - Douglas.

Margaret, the queen of Scotland and the sister of the king of England, became a widow/widower at the age of 24 years. The brother and the husband which - that was not divided, business ended with a crushing defeat of Scots at Floddena. It 1513 - y.

In a year the vdovy queen became a countess Angus. In sense, married Archibald Douglas carrying such title. Spouses lived not for long in peace and friendship, before reached that family quarrels developed into armed conflicts and even the correct battles between supporters of the count and contess. Separate interesting story.

At some moment the count Angus achieved that guardianship over the stepson - the young king James V was charged to it. Archibald Douglas understood duties of the trustee peculiar, actually kept the king under arrest. James and so - that not strongly loved the stepfather, and now in general began to hate. Business from - under guards ended with escape of the king, and the count Angus lost the power and was forced to hide in England. However, subsequently it managed to come up somehow.

The special decree all Duglasam were most strictly forbidden to approach the king closer, than on seven miles. And so James V fell in love with this family. However, there was one exception - Margaret, the stepsister, the daughter of the count and the former queen. There was time, the king James matured, but situation it remained.

At the beginning of the 16th century fight against sorcery did not reach such scope, as in its end yet. Witches to the right and on the left were not executed, courts were connected to these case, but often there were also justificatory sentences on a lack of proofs.

And here, in 1537 (or 1536) it is unknown from where came up a denunciation about the state plot with sorcery application. There it is not really clear when this sorcery on understanding of the informer happened, but the intention on life of the king was looked through specifically. Perhaps would come to an end in nothing if James V`s eye was not fixed for a name of the main suspect. As, lady Janet, sister of his worst enemy.

To find proofs at any cost!

Except lady Janet, her sixteen-year-old son from first marriage and the second husband, Archibald Campbell, all servants and members of household were arrested. From someone tortures succeeded to beat out the necessary certificates.

It was not necessary to think of a measure of punishment to judges - the death penalty. On July 17 in front of the Edinburgh Castle, on an esplanade the fire was spread out and lady Janet died awful death. Her son had to watch execution of mother.

The next day, the eighteenth, Archibald Campbell tried to make escape, but in attempt to flight was killed.

The Scottish laws of that time - tremendous humanity. Young John Lyon, the seventh lord Glems received the death sentence too, but execution was postponed in a type of minority of the convict. Sidi, the guy, in a vault also wait for significant date. At the next birthday you will be brought to an esplanade and, already full age, publicly executed.

However, lord Glems of the whole five years stayed in the conclusion. Not majority twenty one years were considered, not unknown well-wishers tightened execution of a sentence. In December, 1542 James V died and John Lyon was immediately released from prison and restored in all rights.

Nobody especially doubted - both in those days, and now that charge was completely fabricated. Even it is difficult for contemporaries to imagine was - lady Janet and plot, especially - sorcery.

The only basis for a sentence - a maiden name.

If, incidentally who got confused in genealogy - a little bit explanations.

Lady Janet was a daughter of Douglas who died at Floddene George, masters Angus, and Archibald Douglas`s sister, the sixth count Angus who was married to the former queen Margaret, in girlhood - Tudor.

About 1520 Janet married John Lyon, the sixth lord Glems who died in 1528. About 1535 she married for the second time, Archibald Campbell.

The great-grandson of lady Janet Patrick Lyon received a title of count Kingkhorn in 1606. In four centuries the surname and a title changed, but the straight line Layonov remained. In 1923 Elisabeth, one of Claude`s daughters Boaz - Lyon, the fourteenth count Strezmor and Kingkhorn, married Albert, the duke of York who in 13 years became king George VI.

Glems`s lock - one of tremendous Scottish sights. In spite of the fact that the family present, the eighteenth, the count lives here, a half of the lock is open for visits.

Who knows, maybe, and you will manage to meet the Grey Lady here...