Rammerscales Mansion is a red brick building located near Lochmaben, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. It was built in 1762 by James Mounsey. It had previously been the residence of the Carruthers family, but due to a large number of creditors staking their claims, it was sold to James Mounsey in 1756.
During the Second World War, the mansion was used as a school and as an evacuation site. However, the ghost frightened everyone at night so they moved to the stables to sleep.
Today, Rammerscales is a private residence. Interestingly, it is made from the same sandstone that came from Corncockle Quarry, the same quarry used to build Spedlins Tower.
James Mounsey was born in the small village of Skipmyre in 1710. He was of a high political stature, being the brother-in-law to the local bishop. He studied medicine at the Edinburgh University but didn't graduate. Seeking fame and fortune, he enlisted in the Russian Navy as a surgeon.
He then became a Fellow of the Royal Society, Physician-in-Chief to the Tsarina's army and finally became the First Physician to the Empress Elizabeth, daughter of Peter the Great. Due to political unrest in Russia (and his close association with Tsar Peter III), Mounsey decided to return home, in fear for his life.
Mounsey devised a plan to try and trick any would-be assassins. He decided to fake his own death by having 'his' funeral performed. Even though the funeral did take place, Mounsey was still anxious. So he had his mansion built with two doors in every room in order to have more than one exit available to him in case he was surprised by some agent of his enemies. He died in 1773 never losing his fear. His grave is a smll one located just inside the Lochmaben Chuch.
Ever since his death, his ghost is said to haunt Rammerscales Mansion. People will hear loud nouses coming from somewhere in the house, and doors will open and slam shut hap-hazzardly. People have even seen a figure running or walking throughout this building.
None of his sons or daughters wished to live in Rammerscale Mansion so the mansion was sold to James Bell, a sugar merchant from Glasgow, for £7,700.