Agnes of Glasgow haunts the old Quaker Cemetery in Camden SC. She is looking for her lost love, a British soldier she followed across the Atlantic during the American Revolutionary War. She died before she could find him. To this day, she searches for him.
Come with us as we tell you her heartbreaking tale.
Did You Know?
1Agnes was from Scotland, thus the name Agnes of Glasgow. Her last name has been lost to history.
2Agnes was following her true love, Lieutenant Angus McPherson, a British soldier.
3She stowed away on a ship hoping to find Lt. McPherson in the Colonies.
4Stories say that the names of the cities in Colonial America confused Lt. McPherson. He was very likely in Charleston, instead of Camden, when Agnes’ ship docked.
5Once Agnes died, King Haigler and his men buried her. Haigler, also known as Nopkehee, was the chief of the Catawba Native American Tribe in the area during this time.
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They say that on some still nights a ghostly figure of a woman can be seen wandering around this old Quaker cemetery. She is looking for someone…but whom?
The story goes that Agnes of Glasgow, a Scottish woman whose last name has not been divulged by history, fell in love with a British officer named Lt. Angus McPherson during the American Revolution. When he came to America to fight, she could not be apart and stowed away on a ship, hoping to find him. Her ship docked in Charleston and McPherson had written her, telling her that he was in Camden, South Carolina, some 127 miles to the west.
Sadly, accounts say that McPherson was a bit confused over the names of the different cities in Colonial America and he may very well have been in Charleston while she was there!
So Agnes took whatever means to find her lover. What today would take a couple hours by car would have been an arduous journey filled with danger and sickness during the Revolutionary War.
Sadly, by the time Agnes reached Camden, she was deathly ill. Her voice probably called out to her lover, but he was nowhere to be found. And she died…alone and without him.
Like all good ghost stories, it is said that in immortality, Agnes still searches for Lieutenant McPherson…roaming her earthly prison…the old cemetery.
Eternal love…eternal loss…another intriguing tale from Stories, Secrets and Sagas.