The Day Two Suns Rose Over Glasgow in 1683
On Friday 18 May, 1683, two suns rose over Glasgow. According to Robert Law:
‘May 18, 1683, does in the morning appear two suns; the paraelii, and an[e] rainbow seen by severalls at Glasgow the said morning, towards our zenith’. (Law, Memorialls, 247.)
A scientific explanation for the Reverend Law’s observation is that sun dogs were the cause of the ‘two suns’. Law even uses a technical term, the paraelii, to indicate that fact.
For other spectacular wonders viewed in Scotland of the 1680s, see here.