Camden, South Carolina: Agnes of Glasgow's Haunted Grave

The Revolutionary War era story goes that Agnes lost her British soldier boyfriend somewhere in America, then she died, and her ghost continues to search.

Old Presbyterian Cemetery

Address:
Meeting St., Camden, SC
Directions:
US Hwy 521 N. heading towards Camden 1.4 miles from Exit 98 on I-20. Turn left on Meeting St. Agnes of Glasgow's grave is inside a square stone enclosure, topped with a fence, on the south side of Meeting St., where it intersects with Church St.
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Haunted grave. Agnes of Glasgow's Haunted Grave

Local legend holds that for more than 225 years the ghost of a beautiful young woman has been wandering around the Old Quaker Graveyard in Camden searching for her betrothed.

It seems Agnes was madly in love with her fiancé, Lt. Angus McPherson, back in Scotland when a little happening called the American Revolution broke out over here. Being so rife with angst after her soldier boy was sent to help get the Yankee Doodlers back in tow - Agnes stowed away on a ship and came to the new world after him. She arrived in Charleston and heard that the officer was in the then back-country town of Camden. Sadly, when Agnes arrived her lover was nowhere to be found and she had grown gravely ill. Sometime in 1780 she succumbed to her illness without ever finding her life's love, but her spirit still searches for him to this day.

In the nearby Old Quaker Graveyard you'll also find headstones used as target practice before a duel in the 1800s, Abraham Lincoln's brother-in-law (a Confederate doctor), a female Confederate spy, Civil War generals, and my personal favorite: the tombstone of Richard Kirkland, "The Angel of Marye's Heights" from the Civil War, a Confederate who gave water to dying Union soldiers at the Battle of Fredericksburg (you'll usually find water bottles and canteens left by his admirers on his stone).

[Tex Johnson, 03/01/2009]

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