Who the figure was, tradition does not say. It is clear, however, that the Menzies realized
that he had been watched, and that his secret was no longer safe. He rushed at the figure, dirk in
hand; but the figure was too quick for him. The servants, searching for him next morning found
him dead in the already drying pool of blood which had seeped from the wound in his heart.
Thus the top half of the murdered Mistress Menzies lay beneath the floor-boards of the
room in which she had been killed, while her lower half lay buried in the kirkyard. This, so
tradition had it, was why the Meggernie ghost haunted the rooms of the tower, while the lower
half wandered about the ground-floor corridors and the avenue of limes.
After the experience of Fetherstone and Simons, Mistress Menzies remained quiet for
some time. But there are records of more recent manifestations, the most recent being to a local
doctor who was called to the castle late one night in 1928, and accepted an invitation to stay the
He was put in a room in the tower below the one in which Fetherstone had slept. The
doctor fell asleep, and after an hour or two suddenly awoke, and believed that he heard footsteps
approaching his door. He expected that he was being summoned to his patient, but as he waited
for the knock on his door which did not come he had the impression that someone had entered the
As he glanced about the dark room he saw, illuminated in a kind of aureole of pink light, a
woman's head and shoulders gliding round the walls of the room, high up near the ceiling. As he
watched it, suddenly it disappeared.
In more recent times there has been no sighting of the apparition, but successive occupants
of the castle have heard occasional inexplicable rappings and knockings.