Queen of Scots stayed at Borthwick Castle on many occasions as guest of the Sixth Lord Borthwick - in fact she went there on her honeymoon. (Remember this was in the days before Ryanair were offering cheap flights to Spain)
There are many ghosts at the castle - Betsa Marsh, writing in a British Heritage Magazine article states: 'The Red Room has spooked so many people that the owners called in an Edinburgh priest to exorcise its lingering spirits. Legend says that a young servant girl bore an illegitimate Borthwick son in the room. Mother and baby, potential threats to the title, were quickly put to the sword. In other era, the Borthwick family chancellor used this room, and the niches for his safes remain in the stone wall to this day. According to gossip, the Borthwicks discovered their chancellor was embezzling money from the family coffers. Eschewing the nicety of a performance review, they intercepted the chancellor on his way home from Edinburgh one evening and cancelled his contract by burning him to death.
The ghosts of the young servant girl and the fired chancellor still wander the stony spiral staircases of Borthwick, some people say, and even the most stalwart visitors admit to feeling invisible presences in the Great Hall.'
Ghostly image of young
servant girl in the main hall of Borthwick Castle - where she still
serves lunch for visitors . . .