Interestingly, at the site of what is arguably the world’s most famous monster, Crowley’s actions (which included black masses and wild orgies) led to some disturbing phenomena. In his autobiography, Crowley described how the spirits he summoned at Loch Ness got wildly out of hand, causing one housemaid to leave, and a workman to go mad. Crowley also insinuated that he was indirectly responsible for a local butcher accidentally severing an artery and bleeding to death. Crowley had allegedly written the names of demons on a bill from the butcher’s shop.
Across from Boleskine House is a graveyard with a reputation for strange activity, and which was established long before Crowley even set foot on the scene. One legend suggests a tunnel exists linking Boleskine and the graveyard, and that is said to be the haunt of a band of unholy witches.
While it now really makes no difference to the damage caused to this historic building, I’m hoping the fire wasn’t deliberately lit by a deranged individual in response to Boleskine House’s links with the occult.
For more about the high strangeness associated with Loch Ness and Boleskine House, see Nick Redfern’s article “What Lies Beneath” in Volume 2 (Amazon.com link) of our Darklore series.