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Story entitled 'Meteor', 1895

Identifier: Coll-97/CW1/85

Scope and Contents

Story written down by John Ewen MacRury, Beinn na Faoghla/Benbecula entitled 'Meteor' describing the first time he saw a meteor. He states that it was in October 1872, and that the meteor 'came down at a very slow rate in a spirally sort of way and leaving a train of faint fire behind it. It was about two miles distant from where I was it fell. Others saw it also and predicted a death within a few days and strange to say a woman died very near the place it fell a few days afterwards.' He also tells of two women, who were cutting heather on Cnoc-na-glas-ainchean [Cnoc na Glas-aibhne, Beinn na Faoghla/Benbecula] in the middle of the afternoon being surprised when a meteor fell near them, setting heather on fire. On investigating how the fire had started they found 'something pinkish in colour and about the size of a mans fist deposited in the virgin soil and the heat from it was too much for them to handle it. It was very like smithy sinders (sic).' The pencil text has been scored through in ink as if transcribed elsewhere.


  • Creation: 1895

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This material is unrestricted.


From the Series: 114 folios ; 14 x 20 cm

Physical Location


Physical Location

folio 73r, line 6 to folio 75v, line 15

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