The ‘Great Haill’ on Dumbarton Moor of 1676

In June 1676, the pleasant summer was interrupted a terrifying hailstorm that struck Dumbarton Moor and snow fell in Edinburgh…

Dumbarton Muir

Dumbarton Muir © Stephen Sweeney and licensed for reuse.

The hailstorm, snow and lightening strikes were recorded by Robert Law, a Presbyterian minister in Kilpatrick, who followed the weather for providential signs of the Lord’s wrath.

‘June 1676. In its beginning falls out a great snow at Edinburgh in the Grass-mercat; another tyme the thunder lighted on the Castle-hill, making a great hollow in the ground; another day, great haill quadrangled of great bigness fell in Dumbarton moor, so that these that then were casting turf were forced to cover their heads with turf, they were so affraid of being killed by it; at which time a man with a horse was killed with the thunder at Barscuib in Inshminnan.’ (Law, Memorialls, 94.)

‘Dumbarton Moor’, i.e., Dumbarton Muir, lies, somewhat unsurprisingly, in Dumbarton parish, Dunbartonshire.

Map of Dumbarton Moor

The lightening that killed both a man and his horse stuck at Barscob, which lay across the River Clyde in Inchinnan parish, Renfrewshire. The castle there, also known as Rashielee, North Barr or Old Bar Castle, has now vanished.

Map of Barscob

For other wonders of the 1670s and 1680s, see here.

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~ by drmarkjardine on July 27, 2015.

2 Responses to “The ‘Great Haill’ on Dumbarton Moor of 1676”

  1. […] the 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 […]

  2. […] A similar use of turfs as a defence mechanism against ‘great haill’ had been adopted near Dumbarton in 1676. […]

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