Meet Our Team

At City of Edinburgh Tours we are so fortunate to have a dedicated team of enthusiastic, knowledgeable friendly guides on hand to lead to our tours. For our ghost tours (as well as our Outlander and Jacobite tours) the guides dress in period costume and play an infamous individual from Edinburgh’s bloody past. Below are some of our most experienced guides, please take the time to acquaint yourselves with them, learn their full story on their tours. If you’re booking a private tour and have a preference as to who you’d like to lead it, we can accommodate your request.

The Team

Dr Robert Knox

One of the leading anatomists, surgeons and medical lecturers of his day Dr Robert Knox was born in Edinburgh in 1793.

However in the early nineteenth-century Scotland’s capital was still a deeply conservative place, the burgh council only supplied the medical school with four cadavers a year for the purposes of medical research. Therefore medical lecturers like Knox had to resort to less than savoury methods. They paid men known as bodysnatchers to dig up freshly buried bodies and bring them to the university. Knox notoriously didn’t ask many questions about where they came from, to the extent that he took corpses from two charming Irishmen named Burke and Hare who didn’t bother using shovels…

Doctor Knox is now one of our most experienced guides; with characteristic surgical precision he provides top-notch scares on a nightly basis with an effortlessly dry humour. For a man of some 224 years he is surprisingly nimble when ambling through the Old Town’s steep and narrow closes. A word of warning though, if you feel severely unwell on one of Knox’s tours and require surgery, don’t let him perform it! Surgeons like Knox were taught that blood on his apron was a sign of surgical skill rather than a potentially life threatening source of bacteria.

Tours Mastered: Old Town and Underground, Famous Ghost Tour, Tour of the Undead, Real Fear Tour, Extreme Paranormal Tour.

Major Thomas Weir

For most of his 71 years Major Weir led a life of patriotic service and religious rectitude, or at least he appeared to… Weir was an officer in Scotland’s armies during the numerous civil wars of the mid seventeenth century and later head of Edinburgh’s town guard.

However one Sunday in 1670, Weir announced to a shocked congregation in St Giles Cathedral that, since he was small boy, he had been in league with the Devil! Amongst the many crimes Weir admitted to were heresy, witchcraft, necromancy and a 5 decades long incestuous relationship with his own sister Grizel.

When, amazingly, Grizel corroborated his claims Major Weir was found guilty and hanged on the Gallowlee.

As punishment for his numerous offences Weir has been condemned to spend his afterlife conducting tours on our company’s behalf, he does so with wholly expected zeal. Expect scares, shocks, fascinating tales and maybe the odd bad joke. Our dear Thomas has many nicknames, Edinburgh’s warlock, the Bowhead Saint, the Wizard of West Bow and of course Margaret, which he insists on for any below average reviews.

Tours Mastered: Old Town and Underground, Famous Ghost Tour, Tour of the Undead, Real Fear Tour, Extreme Paranormal Tour.

Gains Murdoch

Prior to joining City of Edinburgh Tours in April 2016 as a guide, Gains completed a PhD in eighteenth-century Scottish history at the University of Aberdeen.

He has not just used his extensive historical knowledge and enthusiasm for Scotland’s past when leading his tours but in creating new excursions and updating existing ones. Gains wrote the script for our new Outlander and Jacobite tour.

Currently he dons full Highland dress to become Saorsa our resident Highland warrior.

Tours Mastered: Old Town Historical Tour, Outlander and Jacobite Tour, Old Town, Greyfriars, Canongate and Underground Historical Tour and Alternative Tour.

Deacon William Brodie

In the late eighteenth century Deacon Brodie was one of Edinburgh’s most respected and well connected citizens.

He was a locksmith, cabinet maker, businessman and town councillor. By night though he behaved completely differently; a compulsive gambler Brodie ran up huge debts and had to do certain things that there were less than honourable to pay them off. Brodie used his highly honed locksmith skills to expertly rob his wealthy clients and he got away with these thefts for many years.

However a botched attempt to rob the city tax office led finally to his arrest, trial and execution in October 1788.

Now though Deacon Brodie is very much a reformed man and takes charge of our ticket office throughout most of the week. Having been a ghost tour guide with our company since the beginning the deacon knows first hand what our guides, our tours and our underground have to offer. So please to book tickets or request more information give us a call, Deacon Brodie is always happy to recommend who he thinks is the second best tour guide working on a particular day.

Gina Gnecco

Originally from Chile, Gina is naturally able to lead our nightly Spanish ghost tours but she is also fluent in French and Italian.

Therefore Gina can lead enthralling ghost tours in all three of these languages on a private booking basis. Also Gina will soon be adding afternoon historical tours in Spanish to her repertoire.

Tours Mastered: Spanish Ghost Tour, Spanish Historical Tour

Annie Fraque – Operations Manager and Tour Guide

Annie has worked as both a guide and an operations manager in London and Edinburgh.

Originally from Uruguay, Annie is naturally fluent in both English and Spanish and is highly experienced in coordinating and conducting international tour groups. Above all else, Annie is incredibly passionate about helping others discover more about our country’s unique culture, alongside her role at City of Edinburgh Tours she is studying for a degree in European and British history.