The ‘Most Violent Frost’ of 1676

Winter Crows

The Reverend Law of Easter Kilpatrick parish near Dumbarton liked mysterious portents and events. Under 1676, he records the ‘most violent frost’ anyone could remember in Scotland:

‘In the year 1676, the 17th, 18th dayes of December, there was a most violent frost both before and behind them; but these so violent, as the most aged never remembred the lyke. The birds fell down fra the air dead; the ravens died; the ratts in numbers found deid; all liquors friezed; the strongest aile, the urine in the chamber-potts, yea, the distilled waters of apothecars in warm rooms friezed in wholl, and the glasses broke.’ (Law, Memorialls, 107.)

For other wonders of the 1680s, see here.

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~ by drmarkjardine on February 25, 2015.

3 Responses to “The ‘Most Violent Frost’ of 1676”

  1. […] instant of tyme, makes a sign of it. So at Pa[i]slay, he being there in the year 1676, in December, in the time of the frost [17 to 18 December], there was one of his acquaintance went forth to a water at a good distance fra him upon the ice, […]

  2. […] died. Law places the case in a winter context and after an event in 1676, roughly around the time of the violent frost, but it is not clear if Schaw’s death took place earlier, at around the same time, or later. The […]

  3. […] middle of the summer of ‘76, ‘a Great Haill’ stuck Dumbarton, while in December of that year, the ‘most violent frost’ that anyone could ever remember descended on the […]

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