A filmmaker from the north of Scotland has vowed to dissolve decades of “fake news” surrounding a famous Boleskine House Jacobite era hunting lodge, and center of Aleister Crowley’s “magical operation” for 14 years on the banks of Loch Ness, Scotland.
Perhaps best known as the former home of the infamous English occultist, author and artist Aleister Crowley (1875-1947), Boleskine House has become “iron-clad in pop-cultural myths.”
A new documentary film, Beast of Loch Ness , promises to strip back the “pop-cultural moss” that surrounds Boleskine House, which was previously owned not only by Crowley (1899-1913), but also by Led Zeppelin musician Jimmy Page from 1970 to 1992.
This is what Boleskine House, where Aleister Crowley lived off and on from 1899 to 1913, looked like before it burned down twice in the last decade! (Aleister Crowley / Public domain )
Boleskine House: Decapitated Heads Going Bump In The Night
Boleskine House is situated 21 miles (34 km) south of Inverness, halfway between the villages of Foyers and Inverfarigaig, in the highlands of Scotland . The house was constructed as a hunting lodge in the 1760s by Colonel Archibald Fraser (16 August 1736 – 8 December 1815) who was British consul at Tripoli and Algiers, and later colonel of the 1st Inverness local militia.
Layers of mystery and intrigue surround the house beginning with a legend that the house stands on the site of a 13th-century kirk (an old word for church) that caught fire burning all inside. Furthermore, the decapitated head of Jacobite rebel Simon Fraser 11th Lord Lovat, known as “ The Fox ,” has been reported rolling throughout the Boleskine House halls at night. However, reaching beyond these myths the new Boleskine House and Loch Ness film will feature the restoration team who have recently restored the Highland building after two fires in 2015 and 2019 raised it to the ground.
Celebrated occult figure Aleister Crowley in 1925. (Aleister Crowley / Public domain )
The Beast Of Loch Ness
In 1899, Crowley, by then the self-styled “ Mega Therion ” (Great Beast), bought the house in which he planned to perform a curious magical operation called the “ Abra-Melin.” This 18-month esoteric discourse, which requires the practicing magician to adhere to strict diets and meditational programs, was written in the 14th century The Book of Abramelin . This deeply-occultic work tells the story of an Egyptian mage named Abraham, or “Abra-Melin,” teaching a system of magic to Abraham ben Simon, a Jew who lived in Worms in modern-day Germany between 1362 and 1458 AD.
The 18-month magical working was specifically designed to bring the operator into contact with his “Holy Guardian Angel” and other angels who all gave the magician different powers, including healing, prophecy and the ability to locate hidden treasures. However, these rewards come only after the operator summons and binds a dark host of malevolent spirits.
Famously, Crowley was called to attend urgent Golden Dawn matters in Paris and left the ritual incomplete after six months. Having altered Boleskine House’s architecture to create conceptual portals, through which the spirits would flow, many folk believe that when he abandoned the site a curse was bestowed upon the house. Some go so far as to claim sightings of “the other” Loch Ness monster increased at this time.
The war church burial ground that is said to be connected by tunnel to the basement of Boleskine House, which the latest film will also attempt to find. (Des Colhoun / Cemetery by Easter Boleskine overlooking Loch Ness )
Separating History From Mythology
The Scottish filmmaker told John O Groat Journal that he is “determined to separate the so-called Great Beast” from the legacy of Boleskine House. To realize this, he is bringing together a dynamic team of academics, writers, authors, and podcasters to explore the newly renovated house. The team will also search for a mysterious tunnel supposedly linking the house to the nearby war grave burial ground .
The storyteller will also highlight the intensive restoration efforts of The Boleskine House Foundation who have recently saved this historic building from ruin following two devastating fires in 2015 and 2019, in which the Category B-listed building was almost completely destroyed.
Scottish filmmaker Ashley Cowie is making a new film about Boleskine House that will strip away the “pop-cultural moss” ( AshleyCowieDotCom)
A Filmmaker Who Also Writes On Topics For Ancient Origins
Before I sign off this article, I should perhaps say that the aforementioned Scottish filmmaker is myself, Ashley Cowie. To get this story “out there” I’ve teamed up with Aberdeen-based independent television production company B4Films, who create factual and entertainment programming for broadcasters all over the world, and The Boleskine House Foundation, a registered Scottish charity that aims to restore and preserve the historical legacy and heritage of the Boleskine estate.
Plans are also underway with the Ancient Origins team about offering advanced notice of this film to Premium Members, so be sure to sign up now ahead of time. If you would like to know more about the new film “Beast of Loch Ness” please visit www.thebeastoflochness.com/ and to learn all about Boleskine House visit www.boleskinehouse.org.
Top image: An aerial view of what remains of Boleskine House, owned by occultist Aleister Crowley from 1899 to 1913, which is the subject of a new film by Scottish filmmaker Ashley Cowie. Source: Ashley Cowie / www.thebeastoflochness.com/
By Ashley Cowie