In the 1840s, strange stories began to emerge about Scotland’s Glamis Castle. Supposedly, the castle contained a secret room which was used to imprison a “monster.”
The Monster of Glamis Castle?
Although the story varies a bit, one particularly popular version is that the monster was in fact the rightful owner of Glamis Castle. However, his hideous appearance caused someone else to lock him away where no one could see him. Who was this mysterious monster? Here’s more on the answer to the mystery of Glamis Castle from Past Imperfect:
“If you could even guess the nature of this castle’s secret,” said Claude Bowes-Lyon, 13th Earl of Strathmore, “you would get down on your knees and thank God it was not yours.”
That awful secret was once the talk of Europe. From perhaps the 1840s until 1905, the Earl’s ancestral seat at Glamis Castle, in the Scottish lowlands, was home to a “mystery of mysteries”—an enigma that involved a hidden room, a secret passage, solemn initiations, scandal, and shadowy figures glimpsed by night on castle battlements.
The conundrum engaged two generations of high society until, soon after 1900, the secret itself was lost. One version of the story holds that it was so terrible that the 13th Earl’s heir flatly refused to have it revealed to him. Yet the mystery of Glamis (pronounced “Glarms”) remains, kept alive by its association with royalty (the heir was grandfather to Elizabeth II) and by the fact that at least some members of the Bowes-Lyon family insisted it was real.
(See The Monster of Glamis for the rest on the mystery of Glamis Castle)
Considering how the family trees of aristocratic families so often resembled telephone poles, it wouldn’t be surprising if they had some monstrous heir locked up in a hidden room!
Haha! You know, I was thinking more Man in the Iron Mask but you might be onto something!