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Friday, November 24, 2006

Second Sight

Second Sight. 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. Strange Things: Father Allan, Ada Goodrich Freer and the Second Sight.

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