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Poltergeists born from leys


STRATHEARN has a history of bizarre goings on whether it be the Comrie earthquakes or the spooky experiences of Crieff shop owner John Randall.

Only last week a Grampian Television programme looked into the knocks and noises which the City Prices owner has experienced. It's also been a busy month for the Earthquake House in the Shakey Town since residents of the Strath felt the ground move as an quake struck five kilometres north-west of Killin on Thursday, January 20.

The Herald caught up with local Earth Energy researcher and author David Cowan who revealed some very strange secrets about ancient sites and earthquakes in the area.

"According to a local geological map, a fault line runs across Crieff's High Street, and it may be this which is responsible for some unusual occurrences," he said. "For instance, one precursor to the Killin 'quake on the Thursday afternoon was felt in the Pretoria Bar in the High Street, just prior to the 10pm shock, when a bottle of whisky fell off a shelf.

"This must have been very unnerving but geological fault lines give a plausible explanation for these seemingly paranormal events. On the Crieff Golf Course there is the remains of an ancient four-stone circle which can be seen from the Crieff-Gilmerton road."

David suggests that the circle has been carefully placed directly on top of a fault line, where the conglomerates - or pudding stones - of the Knock butt against the schistose grits to the south. This fault appears to run down to near Millar Street to the High Street, presumably close to the Pretoria, running roughly parallel to the east of King Street and on to the River Earn bridge.

David explained: "When faults move they emit a wide variety of sounds and electro-magnetic frequencies, rather like an orchestra, with every instrument playing out of tune and at full blast. Any sounds heard are usually deep, like thunder, as the higher frequencies are filtered out by the overlying rock.

"It is probably these frequencies which caused the bottle to be displaced. Imagine an opera singer smashing a wine glass with a sustained note at a certain pitch, or your washing machine waltzing across the kitchen on full spin. Everything has a resonant frequency, and when it is reached things do start to move, oscillate or break. No ghosts or poltergeists needed to explain this!"

However, David notes that he has found things with less of an explination. He points out that the unusual siting of this stone circle is not alone - there are a number of ancient sites around Crieff built on top of the many faults which make up the mile-wide Highland Boundary Fracture Zone - the fault which seperates the Highlands from the Scottish Lowlands.

According to David, our ancestors, thousands of years ago, had a very strange and unique knowledge almost totally lost to us.

Here are some of the local ancient sites which the Crieff man believes are on volcanic anomalies:

Ochtertyre Mausoleum and burial-ground directly on top of the Highland Boundary Fault;

Monzie Burial-ground and church, surrounded by two faults, the HBF and a nearby parallel fault. The river can be seen tumbling over these faults beside the burial-ground;

A prehistoric cup-marked boulder with some 60 carvings on its surface in a field opposite Foulford Inn in the Sma' Glen, on a parallel fault to the HBF. Cup-marks are sometimes called petroglyphs. These are depressions, sometimes surrounded by one or more circles pecked into boulders, standing stones and the living rock several thousand years ago;

Another cup-marked stone in field to the east of the Comrie-Cultybraggan road on top of fault leading to Lawers house.

The four-stone circle next to the Comrie graveyard on the low Comrie-Crieff road is also on top of this fault;

Cup-marked stone east side of fault running across the Shaggie Burn, in the Sma' Glen;

Stone circle (kerbed cairn) in Monzie Castle grounds, again on fault where the Knock conglomerates meet the schistose grits;

Four-stone circle on summit of volcanic pluton to the north of Comrie.

David says: "There must be many other ancient sites built upon and making use of the strange but natural energies our planet emits. It is probably this fault, running through a large part of the town which causes people to hear, feel and see things which may frighten them, when the culprit may really be the human brain reacting to natural energies.

"People may see visions, ghosts and objects but they can be put down to natural sub-surface energies."

So the coughing Mr Randall claims he heard in his Church Street shop could just be the earth's underground rumblings, but what about the clues left for today's locals by their ancient predecessors?

"The question remains why did our ancestors build their stone circles and graveyards above such powerful faults, and why did they bury, as in the case of the Monzie Castle kerbed cairn, the cremated ashes of an adult and six-year old child in a tiny cist in that stone circle?" asked the author.

"Why did they scatter white quartzite pebbles in the circle? Perhaps it was to alter the energies escaping to the surface - we have lost a lot of valuable information."

He believes that there is much knowledge still to be learned from our remote ancestors and adds: "It may be difficult for us to understand this ancient culture as we have long believed that they were ignorant, that our science has the answer to everything, and our present culture is superior - they weren't, science doesn't, and our culture isn't!"

At present the 69-year-old is in the process of rediscovering the rich ley line heritage left to us. He's also looking into why the natural earth energies from faults were used in connection with graveyards and stone circles, but he believes that this knowledge is so strange that it will take many years before it will be accepted, especially by scientists.

"Until now, many people have not believed in the existence of ley lines, but there is concrete evidence that they do exist. Hopefully it will be verified by geologists - I'd be delighted if a geologist could accurately trace the fault through Crieff. I now believe that the stone circles were used to channel natural energies from geological faults across country through burial grounds on other fault lines."

David's book "Ley Lines and Earth Energies", co-authored by Anne Silk, can be obtained from David Campbell, West High Street, or This Is It! Crystal Shop, 46 East High Street Crieff.


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