Ghostly goings on at mining museum

Dalkeith ghost hunter Jimmy Devlin  at the National Mining Museum Scotland in Newtongrange
Dalkeith ghost hunter Jimmy Devlin at the National Mining Museum Scotland in Newtongrange

A Dalkeith ghosthunter recently discovered some ghoulish goings on while on a night walk through the former Lady Victoria pit.

Jimmy Devlin (44), discovered the ghost at the Newtongrange site, now home to the National Mining Museum, while holding a paranormal investigation in April.

The ghost captured on camera at the mining museum

The ghost captured on camera at the mining museum

He said: I have very rarely shared any of my work, more because of ridicule and cyber abuse from closed minded individuals.

“I do however feel I would like to share this image I captured whilst taking random shots before my investigation began. It was taken whilst standing on one of the high walkways that run over the old bogey tracks that surround the pit head.

“It appears to me, to be that of a woman, dressed in a long flowing skirt, blouse and possibly her hair tied up or wearing a head scarf.

“I have been visiting the mining museum for six/seven years for public events.

“But this was one I wanted to do privately. I went along with two or three friends who do this on a regular basis.

“But we split up and I was completely on my own when that happened. We keep in touch with walkie talkies.

“This was a good capture.

“With the size of the place we have only really just scratched the surface.”

Jimmy is already planning his next trip to the site, which “never disappoints”.

He said: “Some people find it scary, but it’s my kind of things. I enjoy doing it. When you get stuff like that it actually keeps you going.

“As sometimes it can be quite frustrating, it’s like fishing sometimes.

“Although, the mining museum never usually disappoints. Something tends to happen when we are there.

“I will be going back there for Halloween weekend.

“I have conducted many investigations there, but given its size I feel I have only scratched the surface.

“I’ve also held public paranormal events here, where members of the public get the chance to practice investigating with my equipment, and just as importantly using their senses in the dark.

“Two years ago I brought along my very good friend (TV Psychic)Derek Acorah, he picked up on a washer woman called Mary.

“She had been seen and heard previously in different parts of the museum, and this photograph further proves that this museum still has its visitors from the past.”