If you ever get the chance to visit the Scottish capital of Edinburgh, it’s an experience I would highly recommend. This historic city is chock-full of amazing sights, sounds, and smells. However, like London, its larger neighbor to the south, Edinburgh is not without its share of creepy mysteries.
A quick Google of “Edinburgh ghost stories” yields more than enough reading material to last a lifetime. But today, we’re not talking about just any old ghost story, oh no. We’re going to explore something possibly even scarier…
In 1836, a group of young boys was out hunting for rabbits at a nearby hill known as Arthur’s Seat.
While they were looking for rabbit holes, they came across something they never expected to find…
Initially, locals believed the figures might have been created for purposes of witchcraft. However, investigations by police turned up another chilling possibility.
Burke and Hare were a pair of Irish immigrants who committed a total of 16 murders and then sold the bodies to doctors for use in dissection lectures. They were eventually caught and executed for their crimes.
The reason that people believe the coffins are connected to the killers is because of the number. The belief is the 17 coffins represent the victims of Burke and Hare, along with the first body they sold (the man died of natural causes).
Sadly, many of the small coffins were either destroyed or lost somehow. The remaining ones are currently on display at the National Museum of Scotland.