Search on for ghost stories and folklore in East Dunbartonshire

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TALL tales and spooky stories passed down through the generations about local superstitions and folklore are being sought for this year’s Local History Week.

Organisers want to collect as many stories as they can from East Dunbartonshire.

Communities are being asked to pass on any tales told over the years about places, buildings and people in the local area.

It could be a ghost story, popular belief, tall tale or local superstition.

Many of these accounts, never written down or recorded, will be on display at the William Patrick Library, Kirkintilloch, and Brookwood Library, Bearsden.

The collected tales will also be added to the local history collections at the two libraries.

Local History Week, organised by East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture Trust (EDLC), is running from Saturday, March 2, until March 9.

Chairman of East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture Trust, Councillor Stewart MacDonald, said: “If you have an interesting story or tall tale and you would like it recorded, just pop in to any East Dunbartonshire library and ask one of the library staff for a ‘Superstition and Folklore – tell us your local tales’ form.

“It will be great to have these stories recorded for future generations to enjoy, so please do fill in a form and hand it into your local library.”

The full Local History Week programme will soon be available, detailing a wide range of activities and events across East Dunbartonshire throughout the week – including exhibitions, storytelling, walks and talks, archive film shows and more.

Look out for details in libraries and other cultural venues, and on the EDLC website – – nearer the time.

You can contact East Dunbartonshire Information and Archives on 0141 777 3142 or e-mail

TALL TALES: Pictured above is The Auld Wives’ Lifts, Craigmaddie – reachable from Torrance and Lennoxtown. Legend says three women from Campsie, Strathblane and Baldernock tried their strength by placing the stones in position.

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