The White Lady of Corstorphine

ghostlady_fullThe Lords Forrester were a principal family in the Corstorphine area of Edinburgh. Their main home was Corstorphine Castle, a 14th century stronghold which, by the 18th century, was nothing but ruins, and today nothing of the castle remains but a 16th century dovecot.

Sometime during the 17th century, a James Forrester was laird at Corstorphine Castle. Forrester was a popular man, known for charm and affable nature. However, he was also known for his vices, and loose morals; most notably in regards to women and drink.

One of Forrester’s lovers, and who, incidentally turned out to be his last, was Lady Christian Nimmo. Lady Christian was not only married, but was also the Laird’s niece, so the affair was kept as discreet as possible.

James Forrester would usually meet his lovers at the dovecot on his grounds, and so, like normal, arranged to meet Lady Christian at their secret location. She arrived promptly, only to find no-one else around. The Lady waited for a bit, knowing full well that her lover would be at some local pub, and so sent a servant to find him.

Corstorphine Dovecot

Corstorphine Dovecot

James finally turned up drunk and in a very irritable and rude state. Inevitably a heated argument started. It is said that Forrester called Lady Christian a “whoor”, making her so angry that she quickly pulled her lover’s sword out of its sheath and killed him with it.

Lady Christian Nimmo was arrested, tried, and executed in 1679 for the murder of James Forrester.

At the trial the Lady claimed that the death was an accident and that she took the sword as an act of self defence, however this story was not believed and she was beheaded in Edinburgh.

On the day of the execution Lady Christian wore a snow-white hooded gown, and it is said that she is still seen to this day, wearing the same gown, haunting the dovecot in Corstorphine and forced to carry the blood-stained sword for all eternity.


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3 thoughts on “The White Lady of Corstorphine

  1. Linda Field nee Skipsey - Forrester

    Great photo of the respected a-fore said dead person, Lady Christian, however , if she was punished with death, and that beheaded, then why is the image on this page depicting that she had not been afore said so.
    Your doubting Thomas at your service !!!

    • PB

      The first permanent photoetching was an image produced in 1822 by the French inventor Nicéphore Niépce, but it was destroyed in a later attempt to make prints from it. Niépce was successful again in 1825. In 1826 or 1827, he made the View from the Window at Le Gras, the earliest surviving photograph from nature (i.e., of the image of a real-world scene, as formed in a camera obscura by a lens).



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