The Scottish Tornado of 1678


‘August 1678, there hapned on the water of Clyd, near to Killpatrick on the east hand, an hurricane, that lighted on the water with great violence, and made the water to run round in the midst lyke a whirlepooll, and out of the waters it goes on the land, tearing up the trees be the roots, and blowing the stowks and sheaves of corne in the air. A woman seeing it was so affrighted, that being with child she parted with it; and men coming down the water in a boatt, observing it, took themselves to shore, out of fear, for shelter.’ (Law, Memorialls, 145.)

The Clyde tornado first struck on the river to the west of Old Kilpatrick before moving inland.

The above account of it came from Robert Law, the former presbyterian minister of Easter Kilpatrick.

Google Street View towards location of 1678 Tornado

Bing OS Map of Area of Tornado

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~ by drmarkjardine on August 14, 2011.

3 Responses to “The Scottish Tornado of 1678”

  1. […] It is possible that the rain of herring took place in the same weather conditions that produced the Scottish Tornado of 1678, which appeared in the Firth of Clyde and made landfall east of Dumbarton. A rain of blood was […]

  2. […] celestial phenomena. Among the many things he recorded were the great comets of 1680 and 1682, a tornado on the River Clyde and the first elephant in Scotland. He was also interested in providential signs and warnings, […]

  3. […] strange events followed, Two years later, a tornado made landfall on the Clyde and perhaps at around the same time a curious rain of fish fell in […]

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