The Sauchie Poltergeist: The Story Of How A Violent Spirit Terrorised A Young Girl In Scotland

The Sauchie Poltergeist was said to have tormented young Virginia Campbell in Scotland in the 1960s. It was claimed that she was plagued by paranormal events at home and at school, the unexplainable events were backed up by many witnesses.


Virginia Campbell is said to have been the victim of one of Scotland's most malicious poltergeists.
Virginia Campbell is said to have been the victim of one of Scotland's most malicious poltergeists.

A relatively recent case of poltergeist activity was that which concerned a young girl called Virginia Campbell who lived in the village of Sauchie in Clackmannanshire, Scotland. The story caused quite a stir in the media in 1960-61.

The child had moved to Scotland from Ireland with her parents, and by all appearances was a normal, bright little girl. The move to Scotland might have been more traumatic for Virginia than people around her had realised. Perhaps this, along with the fact that she was at a vulnerable age - she was eleven at the time - accounted for the strange occurrences that took place when she was around.



The strange events started in the child's home. Unexplainable knocking noises were heard when she was around, and objects, even surprisingly heavy ones, were seen to move.


Virginia Campbell was just a young girl when it is claimed that the poltergeist latched onto her
Virginia Campbell was just a young girl when it is claimed that the poltergeist latched onto her

One particularly disturbing incident that the family could recall was when a large, heavy linen chest was seen rising several inches off the floor, its lid opened on its own and stayed like that for a short period of time, before violently slamming closed.


The child herself was very distressed by what was happening. Her mother kept her home from school and called the doctor, who prescribed tranquilisers.



Virginia seemed calmer, but the strange things continued to happen. The doctor had some idea that what they were witnessing might be poltergeist activity. In order to try to eliminate this possibility, Virginia was sent to stay the night with relatives, but the strange events went with her. She was clearly the focus of some sort of paranormal activity. After a few weeks, things appeared to calm down, and the decision was made to send her back to school.


Virginia's mother told teachers at the school that strange things were happening at home. Objects were moving; some were flying through the air. It all seemed too strange to be true, but initial scepticism on the part of the teachers soon disappeared when similar things began to happen around Virginia at school.


Virginia Campbell and her family were plagued by paranormal incidents at a property in Park Crescent, Sauchie
Virginia Campbell and her family were plagued by paranormal incidents at a property in Park Crescent, Sauchie

Her desk rose inches from the floor. Other children refused to sit behind her and heavy furniture was seen moving on its own accord. Although the activities were less violent in nature than had been taking place in Virginia's home, they were still happening, and people were still witnessing them.



Over the next few months, it became more and more difficult to safeguard the child from the morbid interest of the press. The stories that were circulated were sometimes only tenuously linked to the facts.


Surprisingly, the other children in the school were much less hysterical than outsiders in their reactions to events. They became quite matter-of-fact about the situation; when Virginia was around, sometimes things moved - simple as that.


The unwanted spirit even followed the young girl to school
The unwanted spirit even followed the young girl to school

In one particular incident, Virginia's school teacher spoke out about how she had looked up from her own desk and watched as Virginia was struggling with her desk lid, she said that the schoolgirl was using both of her elbows to try and force down the lid but the desk "appeared to have a mind of its own."


The unusual happenings became less and less frequent over time, and after a few months, they just stopped altogether.

No one has ever offered an explanation as to what actually caused the incidents that appeared to follow Virginia Campbell, however, there is no denying that she had plenty of witnesses to testify that they did certainly occur.


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