Title: Strange Things - The story of Father Allan McDonald, Ada Goodrich Freer and the Society for Psychical Research's enquiry into Highland second sight
Author: John L. Campbell And Trevor H. Hall
Publisher: Birlinn, Edinburgh
Softcover - Reprint Edition
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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.
John Lorne Campbell was a Scottish historian, farmer, environmentalist and folklore scholar.
In the 1930s Campbell was living on the Hebridean island of Barra where, with the author Compton Mackenzie, he founded the Sea League to fight for the rights of local fishermen and organised a strike of motorists in protest at having to pay tax on an island with no made-up roads. In 1935 he married the American musician Margaret Fay Shaw, whom he met on the island of South Uist. In 1938 the couple bought the island of Canna, south of Skye, and went to live there in Canna House. He farmed the island for 40 years and made it a sanctuary for wildlife. At the same time he continued to record a disappearing Gaelic heritage and to write and publish extensively about Gaelic and Highland culture and life. In 1981 Campbell gave Canna to the National Trust for Scotland, but he continued to live on the island.
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