Greyfriars Kirkyard, Edinburgh: The Ultimate Guide To Macabre & Spooky Graves

The Ultimate Guide to macabre & spooky graves in Greyfriars Kirkyard visit The Black Mausoleum, mortsafes and Covenanters Prison in the world's most haunted graveyard

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Ever Wondered Why Some Graves Have Cages Over Them?

Wander into a graveyard and you may be lucky enough to see a grave with a cage over it. But what exactly was it used for?

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Why Did Anatomists Hire Body Snatchers?

Ever wondered why anatomists stopped raiding graveyards and the professional body snatcher took over the task of acquiring cadavers for the dissecting table...

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The Tedious Job Of Oakum Picking In A Victorian Prison

If you’re doing any research into criminal ancestors and the time they spent in a Victorian prison, chances are you’ll have heard about oakum picking. But what exactly was it? In this post I try to find out.

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Cursed Grave of Seath Mor

The Cursed Grave of Seath Mor

Five ‘homing stones’ stand on top of the cursed grave of Seath Mor. They were encased under a cage, designed to look like a mortsafe, in 1983 to protect people visiting the grave.

A surgeon-apothecary pulling out a man's tooth via Wellcome Library

Episode 9: Life Of A Surgeon-Apothecary 1750 -1850

Episode 9: Life Of A Surgeon-Apothecary 1750 -1850: Guest Interview with Suzie Grogan My guest today is fellow Pen & Sword author, Suzie Grogan. Suzie’s written three books now but

Victorian Book of the Dead Chris Woodyard

Episode 8: Body Snatching In America – Guest Interview with Chris Woodyard

Episode 8: Body Snatching In America: Guest Interview with Chris Woodyard In this episode, I’m joined by fellow body snatching enthusiast Chris Woodyard, author of the popular series Haunted Ohio

Episode 7: Helen Miller & A Body Snatching Tale From Lasswade, Midlothian

Episode 7: Helen Miller & A Body Snatching Tale From Lasswade, Midlothian This episode is slightly different as I take a look at the story of a female body snatcher

Eckford Watchtower Scottish Borders

Episode 5: Eckford Watchtower & The Tale Of Dandy Jim

Episode 5: Eckford Watchtower & The Tale Of Dandy Jim In This Episode: We travel to the Scottish Borders, to a small village called Eckford and hear a short tale

Half Hangit Maggie Dickson

Half Hangit Maggie: The Woman Who Survived A Hanging

Half Hangit Maggie: The Woman Who Survived A Hanging Preview in new tab The legend of Half Hangit Maggie, is one of the most re-told tales on Edinburgh’s Grassmarket and

Making A Killing: How Much Money Did Burke & Hare Make? Digging Up 1800 Podcast

Making A Killing: How Much Money Did Burke and Hare Make?

Episode 4: Making A Killing: How Much Money Did Burke and Hare Make? In This Episode: Notorious murderers Burke and Hare made money from their killing spree by selling the

Half Hangit Maggie Dickson

The Legend Of Half Hangit Maggie Dickson

Episode 3: The Legend Of Half Hangit Maggie Dickson In This Episode: The story of Half Hangit Maggie is legendary in Edinburgh’s Grassmarket and is a story universally known about

Liverpool Body Snatching Scandal

The Hope Street Body Snatching Scandal: Liverpool

Episode 2. The Hope Street Body Snatching Scandal: Liverpool In This Episode: In 1826 one of the biggest discoveries of cadavers awaiting shipment to the anatomy schools of Scotland was