Go Back Report # 6




       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 [sic-Perthshire], that an uncommon phaenomenon was observed on the water of Isla, near CuporAngus, 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, 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


Reference for the above text is: Filer’s Files #34, August 28, 2000: http://www.filersfiles.com/

The Annual Register, 1767; Chronicle, pp. 127-128 under the heading of “Meteors”

    This chronicle began in 1758-59 as a digest of political, literary, and social events. (This information from FSR, Vol. 21, November 1975, p. 54. -CF-)

Original source: Extract of a letter from Edinburgh dated 8 Sept. 1767 in the Annual Register, 1767.

UFOCAT PRN – 86898 [DOS: ??-??-1767]

UFOCAT URN – 076766 Invisible Residents by Ivan T. Sanderson, p. 63, ©1970

UFOCAT URN – 081385 Invisible Residents by Ivan T. Sanderson, p. 63, ©1970


UFOCAT PRN – 86898 [DOS: 09-??-1767]

UFOCAT URN –065003 Computer Catalog of Type 9 Cases (N=150) by Brad Sparks, #002, no date of publication

UFOCAT URN –  086898 Flying Saucer Review, Vol. 21, November 1975, p. 54

UFOCAT URN –  177294 *U* UFO Computer Database by Larry Hatch, # 00062, © 2002


UFOCAT PRN – 86898 [DOS: 09-08-1767]

UFOCAT URN – NONE   Wonders in the Sky, by Jacques Vallee and Chris Aubeck, pp. 266 267, © 2010


Europe – United Kingdom, Scotland, Perth and Kinross.

Perthshire       Latitude 56-33-00 N, Longitude 004-00-00 W (D-M-S) [2nd admin. div.]

Isla                Latitude 56-32-00 N, Longitude 003-22-00 W [river]

Coupar Angus  Latitude 56-33-00 N, Longitude 003-16-00 W [was Cupor Angus]

River Ericht      Latitude 56-34-00 N, Longitude 003-14-00 W [was Erick]

Blairgowrie       Latitude 56-35-00 N, Longitude 003-20-00 W

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


UFO location (UFOCAT)

Latitude 56.60 N, Longitude 3.35 W (D.%) [Blairgowrie]

Latitude 56.55 N, Longitude 3.27 W (D.%) [Isla near Coupar Angus]


Print this Page