Go Back Report # 1195



December 1693, Egryn, Merionethshire, Wales

Unexplained fiery phenomenon


A "fiery exhalation" came from the sea and set fire to the hay with "a blue weak flame." The fire, though easily extinguished, "did not the least harm to any of the men who interposed their endeavour to save the hay, though they ventured (perceiving it different from common fire) not only close to it, but sometimes into it."


Reference for the above text is: Wonders in the Sky, by Jacques Vallee and Chris Aubeck, p.236, © 2009.

Original reference: The oldest report comes from a letter dated January 20, 1694, by a certain Maurice Jones to the author of the additions to Cambden's Brittania. The letter was published in the Philosophical Transactions, vol. XVIII (1694), pp. 49-50, along with a chronology and names of witnesses of the events.




Europe – United Kingdom, Wales, Merionethshire

Egryn            unable to locate in gazetteers, but it seems to be “attached” to a town called Abersoch, which faces the body of water called Tremadoc Bay.

Abersoch          Latitude 52-49-00 N, Longitude 004-30-00 W (D-M-S)

Tremadoc Bay   Latitude 52-52-00 N, Longitude 004-15-00 W [Tremadog Bay]

Merionethshire   Latitude 52-50-00 N, Longitude 003-50-00 W [County]

Reference: http://geonames.nga.mil/ggmaviewer/




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