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Mystery of wooden box at notorious Loch Ness home

By Ian Duncan

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The wooden box which it is claimed to have been found under the floorboards at Boleskine House.
The wooden box which it is claimed to have been found under the floorboards at Boleskine House.

A CARVED wooden box may contain the secrets which unlock some of the mysteries of a notorious Highland home.

A man from Grimsby is appealing for information on the box which it is claimed was found under the floorboards of Boleskine House.

The site, previously owned by the infamous occultist Aleister Crowley and Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, overlooks Loch Ness. It caught fire in 2015 and the previous owner of the carved wooden artefact said it was found under the floorboards of the building after the blaze.

Rik Spencer bought the item from a seller on eBay. He said: “I do collect oddities and the strange and weird – I have studied the paranormal for most of my life, but not so much witchcraft. The more I find out the more points to it being real.”

The box bears a hexagram, a six-pointed star, as well as the initials AC, is covered in melted, red wax, and has intricate carvings on the lid.

The 41-year-old said: “I feel it’s too much hard work to go to to be a fake – it’s too simplistic in the way it is.

“The hexagram is interesting, as this links to Aleister Crowley and the Golden Order. I’m not saying it is Aleister Crowley’s but maybe a homage of some sort. The seller said it was found in 2015, after the first fire, beneath the drawing room.”

He said he had researched the building and it is understood that the drawing room, which was also known as the oratory room, was where the notorious rituals were said to have been held by Crowley and his associates.

The seller, whose identity has not been disclosed, told Mr Spencer that the floorboards above the box had been badly damaged and he was given it by one of his friends who found it at Boleskine when he was assessing the fire damage.

Mr Spencer said he was hoping to get the box assessed by an expert and a spokesman for the Boleskine House Foundation said he would be interested to hear the expert opinion.

Anyone who has any information about the box is invited to contact Mr Spencer by email at thetinbiscuitpodcast3@gmail.com

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