A while ago, I came across this early report from '1767' - thought Forteana readers might find it a fascinating report from this period.Ron Halliday... that brings back some memories!
File is an extract from:
Gettysburg UFOs Photographed -
UFO Hovers Over Man's
George A. Filer <[email protected]>
Director - Mutual UFO Network Eastern
MUFON Skywatch Investigations
Filer's Files #34
(* Denotes up-to-date names)
[SCOTLAND UFO REPORT FROM THE YEAR 1767
'Ilias Chrissochoidis' writes, "As a doctoral student in the Humanities, I've been spending much time reading 18th-century British periodicals. In one of them I have found a report of an unexplained phenomenon. I leave it to your judgment and experience to decide its merits as a UFO sighting. Extract of a letter from Edinburgh, Sept. 8, 1767 follows:
"We hear from Perthsire (*Perthshire), that an uncommon phaenomenon was observed on the water of Isla (* River Isla), near Cupor Angus (* Coupar Angus), preceded by a thick dark smoke, which soon dispelled, and discovered a large luminous body, like a house on fire, but presently after took a form something pyramidal, and rolled forwards with impetuosity till it came to the water of Erick ( * River Ericht), up which river it took its direction, with great rapidity, and disappeared a little above Blairgowrie.
The effects were as extraordinary as the appearance. In its passage, it carried a large cart many yards over a field of grass; a man riding along the high road was carried from his horse, and so stunned with the fall, as to remain senseless a considerable time. It destroyed one half of a house, and left the other behind, undermined and destroyed an arch of the new bridge building at Blairgowrie, immediately after which it disappeared. As few appearances of this kind ever were attended with like consequences, various conjectures have been formed concerning it.
Thanks to Ilias Chrissochoidis Ph.D. candidate Stanford University.]