The Invention of Highland Second Sight

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Using a wide selection of historical and folkloric evidence, in tandem with different international scholarly interpretive frameworks, this article investigates the early modern origins of a purportedly supernatural phenomenon regarded internationally as emblematic of the Scottish Highlands, integrating it for the first time in its broader Scottish, British, and European contexts.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Supernatural in Early Modern Scotland
EditorsJulian Goodare, Martha McGill
Place of PublicationManchester
PublisherManchester University Press
Number of pages26
ISBN (Print)152613442X, 9781526134424
Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2020


  • Second Sight
  • Scottish history
  • witchcraft
  • divination
  • Scottish Highlands
  • Folklore
  • 26ref2021


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