The Story of Fr Allan McDonald, Ada Goodrich Freer, and the Society for Physical Research’s enquiry
John Lorne Campbell, Trevor H. Hall
5 1/2" x 8 1/2" • 350 pages
ISBN 9781841584584 • paperback • $16.00 •
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 tale of late Victorian obsessions, as a story of two different people and cultures, or simply as an insight into of one of the deepest strands of Hebridean culture, Strange Things is a text of tradition, folklore, manipulation, charlatanism and fraud, now reprinted for the first time since 1968.
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