Boleskine House previously owned by Aleister Crowley and Jimmy Page text and film by Image Noire

This short movie has been shot near Inverness in Scotland in 2013 on Super 8 film. The footage reveals the mystery of Boleskine House, a mansion on the shore of Loch Ness notable for having been the home of Aleister Crowley and Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page which, currently, has no access to public, moreover, it has almost been destroyed by the fire in 2015.

The current house was constructed in the 1760s by Colonel Archibald Fraser as a hunting lodge. Allegedly, the house was built on the site of a 10th-century Scottish kirk. According to legend, the kirk caught fire during congregation, killing all inside. The house was built on a hillside above a graveyard, which had acquired a reputation for unusual activities. There is even a tunnel linking the house to the graveyard. Furthermore, according to previous owners, the house has “bad vibes”. Apparently, the executed head of Colonel Fraser can be heard rolling around on the floor.

Crowley purchased Boleskine House from the Fraser family in 1899 to perform a series of operations known as the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage, taken from a grimoire called “The Book of Abramelin”. According to legend, whilst Crowley was in the process of performing the lengthy ritual, he was called to Paris by the leader of the Golden Dawn. He hastily left the house and never banished the demons he had summoned, leading to strange happenings occurring in and around Boleskine House. Crowley left the property in 1913, after that the house was owned by a Major Edward Grant who, in 1965, committed suicide in Crowley’s bedroom with a shotgun.

Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page, a collector of Crowley memorabilia who “had read a lot of Crowley and was fascinated by his ideas”, purchased the property in 1970 as he felt it would be a good atmosphere in which to write songs, and owned it until 1992.
On the 23rd of December 2015, the mansion almost completely has been destroyed by fire.



2013 Music: Handel, Sarabande

Diane Pernet

A LEGENDARY FIGURE IN FASHION and a pioneer of blogging, Diane is a respected journalist, critic, curator and talent-hunter based in Paris. During her prolific career, she designed her own successful brand in New York, costume designer, photographer, and filmmaker.