In 1860 James White hired James Smith to build him a mansion in Overtoun, Scotland. James Smith was the father of Madeleine Smith, a wealthy socialite who had an affair with an apprentice nurseryman, who was killed by cyanide when he started pressurizing her to marry him. Nothing was ever proved against Madeleine but the case lasted in public memory.
wikimedia Overtoun House
During World War II, Overtoun House became a convalescent home for injured soldiers and locals. In 1947, it was turned into a maternity hospital, and in 1948, a fire destroyed a part of the house. There were no deaths and the hospital remained open till 1970. After serving the British government as a base for ‘Quality of Life’ experiment and being used by some religious groups, the house was abandoned.
Overtoun Bridge is the approach to the house. There was a waterfall below the bridge and the bridge parapet stood about 50 feet (15 m) above the waters. Since the 1950s or 1960s hundreds of dogs have jumped from the parapet into the waters below. Some of the dogs, who survived the fall and were taken back up, jumped off the bridge again.
Locals claim that the bridge is haunted by the ‘White Lady of Overtoun’ who lives in the mansion. “I was standing there two years ago when I felt a firm, hard prod that felt like a finger,” religious and philosophy teacher Paul Owens told the Sun. “Something or someone was trying to push me over the bridge too, just like the dogs.”
mirror White Lady of Overtoun sighting
Scientists are theorizing that it is not ghosts but strong smells that are exciting the dogs, which is why it is the longer snout ones that are jumping. But skeptics are quick to point out that if that was the case, then all the dogs wouldn’t jump from the final two parapets on the right-hand side. Some suggest that dogs are picking up on the depressed and tragic thoughts that people have felt at that place.