The Black Mausoleum is the final resting place of George Mackenzie, a fearsome figure within Scottish history responsible for many misdeeds and merciless oppression of religious minorities - in the realms of folklore the Black Mausoleum has become infamous as the focus of the hauntings of the Mackenzie Poltergeist.
The vault which is located behind the high walls and locked gates of an area known as the Covenanter’s Prison at Greyfriars Cemetery in Ireland's capital city of Edinburgh, is now sealed off from the public save for special tours but in the past many dark stories were passed down of victims entering the Black Mausoleum and suffering extremely unpleasant fates, often getting attacked by the malevolent force withi - some victims included grave robbers, but by far the most infamous tale is of a schoolboy who hid inside the Mausoleum one night to avoid a beating by a teacher and came out insane after encountering the spirit within.
Since then the phenomena around the mausoleum and the Covenanters Prison has escalated, visitors have reported being pushed and scratched and feeling nauseous to the point of passing out. The death of popular local Spiritualist Colin Grant, following an exorcism at the Mausoleum and prison, in the January of 2000, added a tragic dimension to the growing legend of the poltergeist.
Even to this day visitors on tours have reported being attacked or feeling extreme unease in or around the vault, with some even showing poltergeist symptoms such as scars and cuts on their bodies.
But, also to this day, it has enough strange goings-on to attract a steady stream of ghost hunters, wizarding fantasy fans (including fans of the Harry Potter franchise), and the television producers and writers who follow in their wake.