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A Great Hail as Big as Golf Balls, Eggs and Pistol Bullets in 1716 #History #Scotland

‘In May, this year [1719], we had a very great thunder at Edinburgh, which puts me in mind that May 1716, if I remember, much about this same time, ther was a very extraordinary hail shour in the parish of the Mearns. At Eastwood it was as bigg...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 14 Oct 2018

The Great Land Flood of 1712 #History #Scotland

In late September, 1712, extremely heavy rains brought the worst flooding in living memory between Glasgow and Edinburgh. The Reverend Robert Wodrow wrote about them in his Analecta: ‘The 24 of this moneth, the Commission sate [in Edinburgh]. I...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 24 Sep 2018

Scottish Grifters Con the Rich Out of Money in 1720s Edinburgh #History #Scotland

Long before films like The Grifters or The Cincinnati Kid, a group of Scottish card sharps stole from the Rich. Or did they just understand the mathematics of probability, human psychology and the art of the con? What they did wasn’t illegal in...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 7 Aug 2018

Wodrow’s Mysterious World: News of Dighton Rock Reaches Scotland in 1702 #History

In 1702, the Reverend Robert Wodrow who lived near Glasgow recorded the discovery of a mysterious carved rock among the Indians of New England: ‘Mr James Broun told my brother, that Cotton Mather, in New England, told him, that hearing of some letters...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 6 Aug 2018

A Ghost Fleet, Vanishing Rivers and Strange Booms in 1712 #History #Scotland

At sunset, within a mile of Penpont in Dumfriesshire in March, 1712, a “ghost fleet” appeared in the sky: ‘Mr Elder, a neighbouring Minister, and within a mile of the place where this was seen, tells me that in March last [in 1712],...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 31 Jul 2018

Mad Dogs and the Galloping Fever in Glasgow in 1712 #History #Scotland

In 1712, the Reverend Robert Wodrow hanged his dog: ‘The week before [c.17 September, 1712], and the beginning of this [“greatest land flood”], before I went east, the doggs turned many of them mad. I hanged mine, and soe did severall...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 22 Jul 2018

The Witches of Balmaclellan in Galloway #History #Scotland

The field preacher and minister Thomas Warner gave Wodrow an account of his discovery of witches in his parish in Galloway in c.1690. At least one of them was executed: ‘He gave me a long accompt of Witches, in his parish of Balmaclellan. A litle...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 17 Jul 2018

The Holy Grail Found in Lanarkshire #History #Scotland #KnightsTemplar

The Knights Templar, the Holy Grail and Rosslyn Chapel are often linked together in legend and in Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, but now startling new evidence proves that the Scottish Covenanters looted Rosslyn Chapel in 1688 and stole the Grail....
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 1 Apr 2018

A Wind So Strong It Broke A Standing Stone, 21 December, 1674 #History #Scotland

A twelve-foot standing stone had stood in Easter Ross for over three thousand years until the great storm of 21 December, 1674: ‘The wind here, at Tarbut, Dec 21, 1674, was extraordinary: it broke a standard-stone, that stood as an obelisk, about...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 21 Dec 2017

The Great Fire of Glasgow in 1652. #Glasgow #History #Scotland

The Great Fire of Glasgow in 1652: ‘There followed [the Mirk Mounday Total Eclipse] a great heat that summer, and in July of that yeir was Glasgow brunt, the whole Salt-Mercat, and a great part of the town; the fire on the one syde of the street...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 23 Jan 2017

The Eight Days of the Keppoch Devil near #Glasgow. #History #Scotland

In October, 1670, a devil troubled a house at Keppoch, near Glasgow. At the same time, other strange reports were heard … ‘October 29, 1670, there was a suddane thunderclap by seven of the morning, that fell out at Glasgow, and lighted on...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 20 Jan 2017

“The Mirk Mounday”?: The Total Solar Eclipse of 1652 #History #Scotland

They happen very rarely in Scotland, but in 1652, the path of a total solar eclipse across the Earth’s surface passed directly over Ireland and Scotland … The Reverend Law of Easter Kilpatrick near Dumbarton recalled: ‘In February 1652,...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 14 Jan 2017

The Rerrick Apparition: A “True and Attested Account of Satan’s Methods” in #Scotland. #History

As the cold, dark nights are upon us, perhaps we may recall one of the more curious incidents in the history of Seventeenth-Century Scotland, the story of an ‘apparition’, ‘spirit’ or devil that plagued a house in Galloway …...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 12 Jan 2017

The Flushing phantasmagoria, or, Kings conjurors amusing John Bull

“A ‘conjuror’ or magician displays to John Bull on a screen four scenes, one below the other, representing the expedition to Flushing. He wears a conical hat with a wide fur brim, and his magician’s robe resembles that of the Chancellor...
From: Recent Antiquarian Acquisitions on 12 Sep 2016

The Cocker’s Vomit and the Fire at Horsecleugh, Cumnock, 1680 #History #Scotland

According to a witness interviewed by Patrick Walker in the 1720s, Richard Cameron the Covenanter foretold strange events near Cumnock in 1680: ‘In the Beginning of the Year 1680, he [i.e., Richard Cameron, who had returned to Scotland in October,...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 24 Aug 2016

Peden’s Prophecies in The Ravished Maid in the Wilderness (1708) #History #Scotland

The Cotmuir Folk published what they alleged were four prophecies of Alexander Peden in their pamphlet, The Ravished Maid in the Wilderness, Or, A True Account of the Raise, Causes, and Continuuance of the Deference between A Suffering Party of Presbyterians,...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 26 May 2016

The Man Who Met … Alexander Selkirk in 1711 #History #Scotland

‘Under the title of this paper, I do not think it foreign to my design, to speak of a man born in her majesty’s dominions, and relate an adventure in his life, so uncommon, that its doubtful whether the like has happened to any other of the...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 6 May 2016

Capturing the Flag: How Gypsies in the Scots Army settled at Kirk Yetholm in 1695 #History #Scotland

The Siege of Namur in 1685 In April, 1689, William Bennet, younger, of Grubbet and Henry Erskine, Lord Cardross, both raised troops to defend the Revolution that settled William of Orange as King of Scots. Bennet became captain of a troop of fifty horse...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 12 Jan 2016

West Country Rebels

Mark Hailwood A patchwork of conversations, thoughts and observations on the rebellious history of the South West of England, stitched together by a Somerset-born honorary-Devonian…. It’s a small world. On a recent archival trip to the Hampshire...
From: the many-headed monster on 26 Oct 2015

The Volcano that Made Scotland Freeze in 1674 #History

An explosive volcanic eruption, a bishop’s ring and the Little Ice Age: How freezing weather and near famine arrived in Scotland in 1674… Or, four events that form an interesting historical pattern, but may not be linked one to an other....
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 4 Oct 2015

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