News for nerds

An ancient village has gone on the market for just £125,000 – and the historic land comes complete with its own ghost.

The ruins of the former Scottish village of Lawers, which lies along the side of Loch Tay in Aberfeldy, Perth and Kinross, are said to be home to the ghost of the Lady of Lawers, a 17th-century soothsayer.

The 3.31-acre land in the stunning Highlands scenery includes the ruins of the Old Lawers church, a mill and Lawers house.

The “ghost” is said to have made prophecies, some of which apparently came true.

She is alleged to have planted an ash tree at the northern end of the church, stating that when it grew to the height of the little spire, the church would fall.

The church was later badly damaged in a thunderstorm, in which the ash tree perished and it was never used again.

When she referred to “fire-coaches” crossing the Drumochter Pass, she is said to have predicted the coming of the railway.

Now, her old home is said to be haunted to this day by a female ghost.

There are ruins – Scheduled Ancient Monuments – at each end of the site and the open ground in between is the “in-field” on which the villagers farmed.

The buildings at the western end of the site include the House of Lawers – the Lady’s home – with its annexed byre and stable, said to stand on the site of an earlier house razed to the ground by the Marquis of Montrose in 1645.

The open ground, between the two Scheduled Ancient Monuments, runs down to Loch Tay where the owners have the right to launch a boat and can enjoy fishing for trout.

In the western part of the property is Lawers Kirk, which lies adjacent to an earlier structure.

The buildings at the eastern end include the mill and a kiln.

An 1841 census suggests there may have been 17 people living by the Loch in the old village, and by 1891 there were just seven people – all of whom lived in the Pier Master’s house, which was abandoned in 1926.

The site is listed by Sellers Goldcrest for offers over £125,000.

It was previously on sale for £100,000 in 2016.