The Mystery of the Coffins and Wooden Dolls at Arthur’s Seat

On June 25, 1836, five children were hunting rabbits on the northeast slope of Arthur’s Seat when they suddenly discovered small wooden coffins with wooden dolls inside

L. Small

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The miniature coffins. Source.

A group of children were hunting on a hill in Edinburgh when they suddenly discovered small wooden coffins with wooden dolls inside. The dolls were different from each other, even dressed in different clothes. Many theories arose about who these objects were and what they served. But there were suggestions that the mysterious dolls were linked to a serial murder that had occurred a few years earlier.

Scotland seems to be a place for strange events in mysterious places. There’s the mysterious dog suicide at Overtoun Bridge, the mysterious Loch Ness creature, and the mysterious Rosslyn chapel. Well, this time we will look at a strange and mysterious discovery in Arthur’s Seat, Scotland.

Three of the miniature coffins on display in the National Museum of Scotland. Source.

On June 25, 1836, five children were hunting rabbits on the northeast slope of Arthur’s Seat. Arthur’s Seat itself is the name for the main peak of the hills in Edinburgh, Scotland.

In a small cave in a steep cliff on the hill, the children found 17 miniature coffins made of pine wood and decorated with a layer of lead iron. The coffins were about 3–4 inches long. When found, the miniature coffins were arranged in three tiers. Each wooden coffin contains a miniature wooden doll that is uniquely dressed, both in terms of model and fabric. Interestingly, some of the dolls appear to have arms, while others have no arms.

This discovery certainly caused an uproar and made many people wonder who made the miniature chests and wooden dolls, and of course, what the purpose of making them was.

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A source describe the details of these miniature wooden chests and dolls after they were found by the children. So the story…

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L. Small

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