Saturday, June 19, 2010
Hermitage Castle and the Ghastly Ghosts of William De Solis
Legend tells a darker tale that dips enough into the truth of the cruel Baron to make it terrifying. It was said that the Baron was a practitioner of the dark arts and that he often kidnapped and murdered local children to use in his black rites. Using his dark powers he summoned a redcap to be his familiar. Redcaps were proweries or evil goblins that wandered the Scottish countryside killing travelers and putting their blood on their heads, making a cap of blood for themselves. De Solis's redcap was Redcap Sly. De Solis's reign of terror came to an end when he tried to kidnap a local young woman and drag her up to Hermitage Castle. He was stopped and killed those that stopped him later. Rumor of De Solis's blood lust spread to Robert the Bruce, who ordered him boiled alive.
The locals had to consult a wizard to dispatch of De Solis, because of his evergrowing supernatural powers. It was said that the only way De Solis could be killed was with a rope of sand. The wizard helped the locals forge a three fold rope of lead with sand inside to bind the warlock and then he was boiled alive. Hermitage Castle is said to be one of the most haunted castles in Scotland. It is said that De Solis's dark deeds, wether magical or natural, have left a residue of evil over the dark and lonely castle. Visitors to the castle report hearing screams echoing throught the stone halls of the castle. They say De Solis's victim's screams never sleep. Others say that Redcap sly still lingers in the shadows of the castle, waiting for lost travellers.