Mrs Gordon who lived in an ancient house in Chessel's Court often heard the sound of heavy breathing on the outer side of her front door as if someone had paused to rest after climbing a steep stair. Over and over again she would look out but there was never anyone there. It did not, we are told, cause her great concern.
Her 'guidbrother' however, had more definite evidence of the ghostly visitor's presence and 'near lost his mind' as a result.
Sleeping in the main room of the house, in a bed half in and half out of a richly carved recess, Mrs Gordon's brother-in-law retired for the night.
Suddenly in the dark hours of the night he awoke. As his eyes grew accustomed to the darkness he saw a terrifying figure glide from the recess. The apparition was a tall woman clad from head to foot in black with a black veil over her head.
Her wide shift was of antique style which 'near took up the whole room'. So much the 'guidbrother' had the time to notice before the spirit vanished. He himself fled the house after bundling on his clothes in an agony of fright. He never spent another night in the house.
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