Famous Ghost Photograph: Tantallon Castle

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This picture was taken by in May 2008 by Christopher Aitchison at Tantallon Castle, a ruined fortress dating back to the 14th century. It was unearthed during a contest for some of the scariest ghost photographs. If you look in the upper window, you see a figure which seems to be in fifteenth century dress peering out the window.

At first, you might believe that is merely a costumed guide or a mannequin posed there. However, neither was used at the castle when the photograph was taken. At least three experts have studied the photograph and attested that no photoshopping or other digital trickery have been used to create it. While it could be an oddly-dressed visitor, no one has come forward and owned up to being the person photographed.

If this photograph isn't enough evidence, a second photograph has emerged that suggests that window is a paranormal hotspot. The second photo was taken by Grace Lamb at least thirty years before the Aitchinson photograph was taken. The photo shows her (now late) husband Hugh and her two children. The family had stopped at the Castle on the way home from a picnic. You'll notice that a similar figure appears in the window of her picture.

Now, while it is possible Aitchinson and Lamb conspired together to hoax everyone into believing they have a picture of a ghost, it seems highly unlikely. Both photos are very subtle, something that I feel lends credence to their authenticity. If they are fakes, they are very good fakes.