The Monster of Glamis

The Monster of the Glamis Castle is known as a reformed creature that was being kept in an undisclosed area of the castle.  Some believe that it is a surviving member of the family of the Bowes-Lyon, other said that it is a monster that resembles the appearance of a zombie.

Accounts about the monster can be found on some literary works but the authenticity is hard to confirm since some of the accounts varies from one to another.  On the works of Miss M. Gilchrist, it stated that there is in fact a monster that was living in the castle, the monster is thought to be a half man and a half frog.  Miss M. Gilchrist claimed that the alleged monster is the rightful heir.

But perhaps the first person to tell the world about the secret behind the walls of the Glamis castle would be Sir Walter Scott.  According to his accounts:
 “After a very hospitable reception, . . . I was conducted to my apartment in a distant part of the building. I must own that when I heard door after door shut, after my conductor had retired, I began to consider myself too far from the living and somewhat too near the dead.”

One of the earliest surviving documents about the monster of Glamis appeared during the 1840.  based on the clerk on the Notes and Queries on 1908.
 “The mystery was told to the present writer some 60 years ago, when he was a boy, and it made a great impression on him. The story was, and is, that in the Castle of Glamis is a secret chamber. In this chamber is confined a monster, who is the rightful heir to the title and property, but who is so unpresentable that it is necessary to keep him out of sight and out of possession.” 

On the writings of James Wentworth day, he claimed that the monster would be Thomas Lyon-Bowes, The rightful Lord and first son of Thomas Lyon-Bowes.   The said baby has been cursed when he was still in his mother’s womb.  The monster is said to be indestructible and for more than six centuries, the family would assign three people on the castle to look out and take care of him.


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