The Brahan Seer: Scottish Nostradamus

The Brahan Seer – The Scottish Nostradamus

The Brahan Seer, said to be Kenneth Mackenzie, was, according to legend, a predictor of the future who lived in the 17th century and was gifted with “the sight”  an ability to see visions that came unbidden day or night. His prophecies were so impressive that they are still quoted to this day.

Second sight is a form of extrasensory perception, the supposed power to perceive things that are not present to the senses, whereby a person perceives information, in the form of a vision, about future events before they happen, or about things or events at remote locations. There is no scientific evidence that second sight exists.

Reports of second sight are known only from anecdotal evidence given after the fact. He is better known, however, for his connections to Brahan Castle near Dingwall, and the Black Isle in Easter Ross.  He is thought to have used an Adder stone, a stone with a hole in the middle, to see his visions. Having become famous as a diviner and wit, he was invited to Seaforth territory in the east, to work as a labourer at Brahan Castle near Dingwall, in what is now the county of Easter Ross, where he met his downfall. This move led to an unfortunately unforeseen sequence of events on the Seer's part, leading to his barbaric murder at Chanonry Point, when he was allegedly burnt in a spiked tar barrel, on the command of the Earl's wife, Lady Seaforth. The simple prediction that led to his downfall – that the absent Earl of Seaforth was having sexual adventures with one or more women in Paris – seems likely, but of course was highly outrageous to Lady Seaforth, as it cast her husband in a scandalous light and heaped embarrassment on her.

Some of his prophetic visions that came true in the years following his death include: The Battle of Culloden (1745), which he uttered at the site, and his words were recorded. “Oh! Drumossie, thy bleak moor shall, ere many generations have passed away, be stained with the best blood of the Highlands. Glad am I that I will not see the day, for it will be a fearful period; heads will be lopped off by the score, and no mercy shall be shown or quarter given on either side.” The joining of the lochs in the Great Glen. This was accomplished by the construction of the Caledonian Canal in the 19th Century. He talked of great black, bridleless horses, belching fire and steam, drawing lines of carriages through the glens. More than 200 years later, railways were built through the Highlands. North Sea oil was foretold: “A black rain will bring riches to Aberdeen.” Even to this day, we can still see his predictions in one form or another.  He predicted the the River Ness in Inverness would be crossed by numerous bridges. He predicted that when there were five bridges over the River Ness in Inverness that there would be worldwide chaos. In August 1939 there were five bridges over the Ness and on September 1 the same year, Hitler invaded Poland. He also said that when there were nine bridges that there would be fire, flood and calamity. The ninth bridge was built in 1987 and in 1988 the Piper Alpha disaster happened.



Also a prediction he made that my father showed me many years ago.  It relates to the Eagle Stone which if it was to fall 3 times, the Strath will be engulfed by the sea, and boats will moor to the stone.’ The Eagle Stone at Strathpeffer, to the north of Inverness, is discreetly but very firmly concreted into the mound on which it stands. Since it’s believed to have fallen twice already, no one’s taking any chances. When it fell for the second time, the Cromarty Firth rose up and flooded the neighbouring town of Dingwall. So they say.