Belfast Telegraph

Editor's Viewpoint: Tomes and tombs

There is no doubt that the Linenhall Library, one of Belfast's oldest establishments, was a likely location when ghost hunters went on the trail of the supernatural.

There should certainly be plenty of skeletons in the cupboard given that one of its earliest librarians was United Irishman, Thomas Russell, celebrated in song as The Man From God Knows Where. He was later executed.

Around the same time the President of the library was Rev William Bruce, a staunch opponent of the rebels, and whose ghost some people have claimed to have seen. Could those two be still quarrelling in some other dimension. Or are the only real ghost stories on the library's shelves?

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