Souther Fell

Souther Fell, a subsidiary peak of Blencathra in the Northern Fells, a scene of spectral sightings. On Midsummer Eve 1735 troops were sighted on the summit  for over an hour marching across the fell. The farm worker that saw this sight but was treated with some ridicule but two years later, again on Midsummer Eve, his employer saw the army, this time with horses. The sight was witnessed by his whole family. In 1745, the year of the Jacobite Rebellion, the spectral army was seen by no less than 26 people but this time it was a day later on Midsummer’s Day and now there were carriages. The next morning some went up to investigate but there was no sign of any tracks. The story was attested before a magistrate. On a windy but dry day with cloud rushing across the fell top the army must have been confined to barracks. But I was a week late.


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