Welsh UFO Sightings 1880

Staci S. Wright
Welsh UFO sightings from 1880. For sightings from other yrs you should simply click Here.

All the instances I have discovered for 1880 revolve all-around the alleged Marian apparitions at Llanthony Monastery. To comprehend why these had been immediately viewed as suspect you have to have a little bit of context: Llanthony Monastery was run as a quasi-Benedictine Buy beneath Father Ignatius, a well regarded spiritual eccentric who experienced been barred from preaching in London and pressured from his curacy. His previously endeavor to eastablish a Monastery at Elm Hill in Norwich experienced ended in disaster, with Ignatius – Joseph Leycester Lyne (b. 1837) – owing cash all about the put and the users of the Get in many concentrations of shame. Brother Stanislaus absconded with a 15 yr previous boy named Francis George Nobbs who “was described to have affirmed that not only had the Top-quality [Ignatius] been knowledgeable of their degeneracy, but that he had condoned and inspired it, by accomplishing on their behalf, and in his personal church, a ceremony which in itself was blasphemy and sacrilege of the most revolting kind.”

The choir master, Brother Augustine, disappeared immediately after his really like letter to one more 15-yr-outdated boy, Samuel Hase, was found by the boy’s mother and printed in the regional newspaper. (“Sometimes on Sundays you have sat in your cassock and cotta hunting so like an angel I could have worshipped you. … Early morning, midday, and evening, absolutely nothing haunts me but your sweet darling encounter in my pretty desires I see it in a word, I am infatuated and wretched and desire often I had never ever witnessed you. I experience I could clasp you in my arms and in no way unfold them while I looked into the depths of those people sweet eyes.”) By the time Ignatius set up Llanthony Monastery in a barn at Capel-y-Ffin in 1869 he, and his unsanctioned spiritual order, were infamous. In May well 1880 the South Wales Information claimed that Ignatius was trying to elevate £60,000 to recreate the grand Llanthony Abbey church. It could be noticed as relatively opportune that the foundation for an once-a-year pilgrimage event ought to before long existing alone…

Thursday August 30th

In the early morning at c. 9:30am 20-year-outdated Brother Dunstan was kneeling at a prayer desk in the church observed a ‘ghostly sacrament’. (‘when he observed the monstrance containing the Host appear on the altar in entrance of the tabernacle door.’) He concluded it have to be some type of optical illusion. Afterwards that early morning Janet Owens, a c. 50-12 months-previous lay sister and schoolmistress from Hay, experienced the similar practical experience but imagined the Sacrament need to have been intentionally left out for some cause. When her observe concluded at 11:00 she requested Brother Dunstan why the Sacrament was out, creating him to realise it had been no illusion.

Cardiff Times, 02/09/1905

Afterwards that night, at recreation time subsequent Vespers, four young acolytes were being actively playing on the adjoining ‘Abbot’s meadow’ when at just long gone eight they claimed to have noticed the Virgin Mary stroll toward them and disappear into a hedge. The four boys were Daniel Maguire (15 and fifty percent, son of a neighbouring famer), John Evelyn Stewart (12 and 50 percent, of Sheffield), Thomas Foord (11, of Brighton), and Joseph Chalkley (9, of London).

South Wales Daily News, 13/09/1880

The boys wrote letters confirming what they experienced viewed:

Johnny Stewart, one particular of the boys, attended the 1881 yearly commemoration and Ignatius preached:

“As in the olden time, when God required a prophet, and chose one in minimal Samuel, he experienced now selected just one in this area in Johnny Stewart, the boy who sat prior to him, who was a witness of the apparition of the Blessed Virgin, and who, consequently, posseted the proof that the agnostics preferred. And, so, when God wanted to discuss to the atheists of Franoe, he selected a witness in a little woman about 11 yrs of age. Why this was so we could not identify, but God understood his possess company greatest. There was nothing particular about that boy that he knew of for which he should be picked out by God as a witness apart from that he was a monastery boy, generally turning his coronary heart in the direction of God, but in a healthful frame of brain and overall body. The visions could be no extravagant of his, for it was found by eight witnesses—by himself (Father Ignatius) among them.”

Saturday September 4th

Users of the group congregated in the vicinity of the hedge where a vision of the Virgin Mary had been witnessed on August 30th and sang Ave Maria. The Virgin once again appeared, this time accompanied by “a gentleman unclothed help save for a fabric all-around the loins.” The couple then vanished.

Later a potion was prepared from the leaves of a rhubarb plant escalating at this position of the hedge which was mentioned to be equipped to mend various ills.

Wednesday September 8th

Brother George reported “I have viewed the figure distinctly 2 times at the opening of the hedge.” Sister Janet Owens explained “I have seen the figure, as well, distinctly about the green gates.” Brother George’s shouting alerted Brother Dunstan who was trimming the lamps for Compline. Dunstan explained to newspaper reporters (South Wales Day by day Information, 31/08/1882)

“I then appeared and saw it in an correct line with the place I experienced observed it on the earlier Saturday night time. We knelt in about the same location as in advance of. It was extremely darkish. The hedge was fully darkish. Every now and then while we have been singing a dazzling star would twinkle in the hedge, and then drop to the ground. We continued singing aves. I observed shadowy figures passing to and fro in the hedge. The light-weight was really pale, not shiny at all. This retained in for a very long time. The grass was lit up in front of me. I experienced a headache. A little something touched my head, and the headache was absent. As on Sunday evening, the grass was dry wherever we knelt, but wet almost everywhere else. I observed the hedge lit up on the adhering to Saturday night time but I could not go out.”

Brother George extra: “Getting incredibly anxious to see the vision, I went into the meadow with Brother Dunstan and the boys. We sang an ave. I noticed a light it was very vivid. It appeared to fill the bush. There were various lights some burst in the middle of the hedge, some previously mentioned it. I observed two figures, male and woman. The feminine figure was draped in white the male experienced waht appeared to be a fabric spherical the loins. The male determine held out its fingers the feminine figure had its palms crossed on the breast. I could not see the attributes of both. The male reminded me of the photograph of our Lord in His baptism the female of paintings of the Blessed Virgin. The male determine innovative towards the woman figure, and as they met they vanished.”

September 15th

Four different persons observed “the whole heavens and mountains crack forth in bulging circles of gentle, circles pushing out from circles – the gentle poured upon our faces and the structures wherever we stood, and in the central circle stood a most Majestic Heavenly Type, robed in flowing material. The Variety was gigantic, but appeared to be decreased to human dimension as it approached. The Figure stood sideways, going through the Holy Bush. The Vision was most distinctive and the particulars had been quite very clear but it was gone ‘in the twinkling of an eye’. … A several minutes right after this Mr. E from Oxford and a person of the boys, saw the shadowy variety of the Blessed Virgin in light-weight, by the enclosure gate with uplifted arms. This is the final of the visions vouchsafed by God’s mercy to us.”

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