Brahan Seer

The Prophecies of Kenneth Mackenzie

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The Brahan Seer, Kenneth Mackenzie (Coinneach Odhar in Gaelic )lived in the 17th century, worked as a laborer on the Brahan estate, and is attributed with foretelling many local events. His primary tool was a round blue stone with a hole in the center, through which he would stare. His predictions dealt almost exclusively with the local areas of Scotland with which his cognizant self was most familiar.

A Sampling of The Brahan Seer Predictions

"Oh! Drumossie, thy bleak moor shall, ere many generations have passed away, be stained with the best blood of the Highlands. Glad I am that I will not see that day, for it will be a fearful period: heads will be lopped off by the score and no mercy will be shown or quarter given on either side."

His prophecies concerning the Battle of Culloden, the Highland Clearances, an English attempt at Genocide against the Scots.

At the Battle of Culloden Muir in 1746, the last battle fought on British soil, when the Hanoverian forces finally defeated the royalist army of Prince Charles Edward Stuart. The Duke of Cumberland (Butcher Cumberland) had been told to murder as many Scots as he might so that there could be peace in the land.

The Scots were obscenely mutilated and buried in communal graves with only one headstone depicting the name of the clan to remember them by.

Brahan Seer on World War II

"When it is possible to cross the River Ness dryshod in five places, a frightful disaster would strike the whole world"

In August 1939, the river could be crossed at five bridges, one only being there to assist in the demolishing of the Bridge Street suspension bridge which had been condemned in 1937. Hitler invaded Poland on September 1st, 1939.

"Uninviting and disagreeable as it now is, with its thick crusted surface and unpleasant smell, the day will come when it shall be under lock and key, and crowds of pleasure and health seekers will throng its portals, in their eagerness to get a draught of its waters".

Prediction about Strathpeffer: about 1818. Strathpeffer became a Victorian health resort with sulphur springs.

"The day will come when the hills of Ross will be strewed with ribbons."

Brahan Seer Statue

Most writers who have tried to attach a meaning to this prediction, generally believe " it finds its fulfillment in the many good roads that now intersect the various districts of the country.

Other versions are given, such as "a ribbon on every hill, and a bridge on every stream." (Raoban air gach abhainn agus tigh geal air gach cnocan); and "that the hills of the country will be crossed with shoulder-halts " (criosan guaille). A more logical explanation, can be found in the tradition of the nearby Munlochy Clootie Well.


"...the time will come when full-rigged ships will be seen sailing eastwards and westwards by the back of Tomnahurich near Inverness".

Caledonian Canal Predicted more than a hundred years ahead of inception.

The canal was to provide a safe water passage for ships of the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic War. The designer was Thomas Telford who already had scores of roads and bridges to his credit

Seaforth Prophecy

The wife of the Earl of Seaforth, asked for his advice. She had become suspicious of her husband's late return from a visit to Paris.

The Seer reassured her that the Earl was fine, but he was reluctant to provide any details. Isabella, The wife of the Earl of Seaforth threatened to have him executed unless he told all he knew.

Brahan Seer Statue

"Your husband is this moment with another who is fairer than yourself ... The line of Seaforth will come to an end in sorrow. I see the last head of his house both deaf and dumb. He will be the father of four fair sons, all of whom he will follow to the tomb. He will live careworn, and die mourning, knowing that the honours of his line are to be extinguished forever, that no future chief of the Mackenzies shall bear rule at Brahan or in Kintail."

This prediction was fulfilled when deaf and dumb Francis Humberston Mackenzie, inherited the title in 1783. He had four children who died prematurely and the line ended.

The prediction so outraged the wicked Isabella that she ordered her guards to drag him to the courtyard and throw him head-first into a barrel of boiling tar.

In Scotland At Chamoury Point, on the shore near Chamoury lighthouse, there is a plaque commemorating the burning of Kenneth MacKenzie (Coinneach Odhar) - 'The Brahan Seer'.