is a small village in the region of Buchan, in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. It lies alongside the
River Ythan. Fyvie is host to
Castle reputed to be home
to some of the ancient Scottish kings.
The earliest parts of
date from the 13th century - some sources claim it was built in
1211 by William the Lion. Fyvie was the site of an open-air
court held by Robert the Bruce, and Charles I lived there as a
child. Following the Battle of Otterburn in 1390, it ceased to
be a royal stronghold and instead fell into the possession of
five successive families -
- each of whom added a new tower to the castle.
The castle (like many Scottish castles) is said to be haunted. A
story is told that in 1920 during renovation work the skeleton
of a woman was discovered behind a bedroom wall. On the day the
remains were laid to rest in Fyvie cemetery, the castle
residents started to be plagued by strange noises and
unexplained happenings. Fearing he had offended the dead woman,
the Laird of the castle had the skeleton exhumed and replaced
behind the bedroom wall, at which the haunting ceased.