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Earl Beardie - the ghostly Earl of Crawford

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    Earl Beardie is one of the most notorious ghosts of Glamis Castle, his spirit is said to haunt a walled-up chamber, high up in the uninhabited West Tower of Glamis Castle.

    Legend has it that Earl Beardie a cruel and indulgent man was thrown down the stone staircase after being accused of cheating in a poker game with Lord Glamis and two other Scottish chieftains, returning to his room in a drunken rage Beardie is said to have started shouting that if no man would play with him he would play with the very "devil" himself.

    A servant advised him that it was sacrilege to play cards on the Sabbath, Beardie got annoyed and said he would play cards until doomsday if he wanted, the words were barely out of his mouth when a tall dark man, wearing a long cloak, walked into the room and asked if he still needed a partner.

    The wager was a purse full of rubies for beardies soul, Beardie eagerly agreed, and both men went to a secluded room in the west tower of Glamis Castle to play cards, the servant followed and heard swearing and an almighty commotion behind the closed door.

    Curiosity got the better of him and he looked through the keyhole, the servant was immediatly blinded by a bright beam of light, at the same moment earl beardie burst from the room and set about him for being spied upon.

    When beardie returned to the room the stranger, who is thought to be the Devil, had disappeared along with the His eternal Soul, lost in a game of cards.

    It is not known what happened after that but the tall dark man was never seen again and Earl Beardie died five years afterwards.

    The ghost of Earl Beardie has been heard on numerous occasions, stamping has feet and swearing at "something" in the room at Glamis.

    A popular belief is that the tall dark man was the "devil" and that "Beardie" had indeed "sold his soul" as a result of the gambling.

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