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September 13th 1784

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A very strange phenomenon

On the morning of September 13th 1784, a most remarkable event occurred on the waters of Loch Tay. The water at Kenmore, where the river Tay leaves the loch, receded some fifty yards from the bank.

There was no wind, and no evidence of an earthquake at Killin or in neighbouring districts. The water merely retreated gently from the bank. The ebb and flow continued for about a week after which the water returned to its former levels.

The minister of Kenmore, Thomas Fleming, wrote a full account of the phenomenon which was later sent to the Royal Society in Edinburgh.

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