The scary shot was unearthed during the biggest ever investigation into photographic evidence of ghosts. The picture, taken in May 2008, shows a spectral figure in fifteenth century dress peering out of a barred window at Tantallon Castle in Fife.
This photo taken at the Tantallon Castle in Scotland was voted the most convincing ghost photo by nearly 250,000 people. This picture was part of a larger study conducted to find the best haunted amateur photos.
This figure was captured in a castle in Scotland. Experts are Baffled by it.
The figure appears to be in period costume, but we know 100 per cent that Tantallon Castle is not the sort of place that has dummies or costumed guides; they just don't go in for that sort of thing. I suppose it could be a visitor looking a little bit strange. Perhaps someone will come forward. Another possibility is an odd reflection of sunlight, but it does look very much like a person. The explanation is not obvious.
Tantallon Castle, a ruined fortress dating back to the 14th century, stands on a remote rocky headland near North Berwick on the East coast of Scotland. It was badly damaged in an attack by Oliver Cromwells forces in 1651.
Christopher Aitchison, who took the photo, said: "I was not aware of anyone, or anything, being present in my picture."
In March 2009, psychology professor Richard Wiseman released a photograph taken at Tantallon, which appeared to show a figure standing behind railings in a wall opening. The image, taken in May 2008 and sent to Wiseman as part of a research project, was described in The Times as showing a "courtly figure dressed in a ruff".
Wiseman stated that no costumed guides were present at Tantallon, and that three photographic experts have confirmed that the image had not been manipulated. A second photo, taken 30 years earlier, and showing a different figure in a similar location, was printed in The Scotsman a few days later.
Psychologist Prof Wiseman, from the University of Hertfordshire, who has made many studies of the supernatural, launched the investigation a month ago. Members of the public were asked to submit ghostly images for experts to analyze, the best of which were posted.
More than 250 pictures were received from all over the world and more than a quarter of a million people voted for what they considered to be the most convincing photos.
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