Strange Things

Father Allan, Ada Goodrich Freer and the Second Sight

By Trevor John Lorne Campbell

Format: Paperback

The supernatural has always played a prominent part of the life and culture of the Scottish Highlands and Islands, with ghosts, seers and second-sight featuring in countless stories and in the collective memory of the people. This work tells the story of tradition, folklore, manipulation, charlatanism and fraud.

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The supernatural has always played a prominent part of the life and culture of the Scottish Highlands and Islands, with ghosts, seers and second-sight featuring in countless stories and in the collective memory of the people. In the late 1890s, Fr Allan McDonald, parish priest of the island of Eriskay in the Outer Hebrides, made a collection of such stories which he entitled "Strange Things". His book contains the only surviving body of material connected to an unfinished enquiry made on behalf of the Society of Psychical Research. The history of the enquiry and the reasons for its abandonment, is revealed here, as are many other facts about the Highland supernatural tradition, and also about the remarkable career of Society of Psychical research member Ada Goodrich Freer. Fascinating as a story of late Victorian obsessions, as a story of two different people and cultures, or simply as a story of one of the deepest strands of Hebridean culture, "Strange Things" is a story of tradition, folklore, manipulation, charlatanism and fraud, now reprinted for the first time since 1968.

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Format Paperback
Imprint Birlinn Limited
Publication Date 8 May 2006
ISBN 9781841584584
Number of Pages 520

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