Friday, July 17, 2015

The Second Sight among the Scots Irish

Sarah Pearl Tweedy circa 1905
The phenomenon of Second sight has fascinated me for many years.  I was exposed to the Second Sight early in my life, before I even knew what it was.  My grandmother had the Second Sight.  She was Sarah Pearl McCain née Tweedy, born in Carbondale, in southern Illinois, in 1883.  She passed away in 1962, when I was only twelve years old, but I was close to her and despite her passing when I was young, I remember her countenance and personality well.  I also remember she had a unique quality to her; it is hard to describe in words, other than to say she had an other world quality.
I found out about her Second Sight through a child's eyes and ears.  I heard her friends and relatives talk about it and tell stories. She never mentioned it to me.  She had a strong case of it one could say.  She 'saw' things and had experience that exist in a world that is not well understood by our sciences. 

The Second Sight is so called because normal vision was regarded as coming first, and with certain individuals a  supernormal vision developed.  The Gaelic term is An Da Shealladh which means "the two sights," meaning normal sight and the sight of the seer. There are many Gaelic words for the various aspects of second sight, but An Da Shealladh is the one mostly recognized by non Gaidhlig speakers, even though, strictly speaking, it does not really mean second sight. 

Simply put, Second sight is a form of extrasensory perception, the ability to perceive things that are not present to the senses, whereby a person perceives information, in the form of a vision, about future events or events at remote locations.  Other manifestations include knowing things about a person just by meeting them, such as their true nature and history, or sometimes by perceiving this by merely handling an object that the person owns.  In popular culture it is also called 'the sixth sense.'

The Second Sight happens in several peoples and cultures, but it is in Scotland perhaps that it is most recognized and studied.  My grandmother's Tweedy family originated in Scotland and migrated to Ireland very early in the 1600s or even late in the 1500s.  In Scotland, the Tweedys had a penchant for getting into feuds that resulted in legal issues and even their surname was proscribed at one time.  Migration from Scotland to Ireland and other parts of the Isles was an often used path for them to 'get out of town.'   I have found records of them in the 1620s with a group of native Irish in County Cavan and being listed as 'Irish.'  This means the clerk thought them born in Ireland.  I know many of the Tweedys spoke Irish and were often Protestant and in the Established Church (the Church of Ireland, i.e. Anglicans). 
Her family migrated to the English Colonies in the late 1600s, oral history remembers the place of entry as Rhode Island.  The Tweedys migrated to the Carolinas in the early 1700s.  They were what popular history likes to call Scots-Irish.  They were an adventurous family as several of them were in Daniel Boone's party that crossed the Cumberland Gap in the 1770s.  Their history is one of trailblazing adventures, ferocious battles with Indians, and eventually settling in southern Illinois by 1805.  That area was very dangerous and very few white people lived there at that time. Hostile Indians were very active and their family records has accounts of Indian raids and several brutal deaths to members of the extended family.
As an adult my research discovered that the Second Sight runs in their family.  This is not unusual and Scottish families with the Second Sight often report it as an inherited trait.  I found records of a Tweedy woman that had been accused of witchcraft in the mid 1600s.  I do not know if the woman was a relation to my grandmother's family, but it is very possible.  In the mid 1600s people with the Second Sight were sometimes accused of witchcraft and brought to trial.  Such was the case of the poor Tweedy woman whose records I read.  She was arrested and a trial held.  I found the record of the trail, her charges, and also found the brutal method with which she was interrogated.  It involved a government paid witch hunter.  He would ask questions and then stick her with long metal needles, about the size of a small knitting needle.  If the wound bled it meant she was telling the truth, if it did not bleed, this indicated a lie.  Yes, I know what you all are thinking, that is insane.  She was found guilty and did not survive the ordeal.


17th Century witch pricking needles
In my work and travels I have discovered many accounts of families that have the Second Sight, particularly in the Southern Uplands and Backsettlments.  It was a normal aspect of Scots-Irish culture well into the 1900s and even today it is known.  When you read the literature written on the Scots-Irish in their traditional homelands the phenomenon of Second Sight or 'Seers' is a common theme. 'Seer' was a common term for people with the Second Sight in the Uplands from the Ozarks to the Appalachians.   I am researching Scots-Irish families that have a tradition of the Second Sight for a new writing project now.
I am collecting stories from Scots-Irish families now that have experience with the Second Sight, have old tales of it in their family, etc. So, anyone reading this who has a story, do please contact me, I would love to hear your Second Sight experiences.
  

Sarah Pearl Tweedy circa late 1800s

126 comments:

Deb said...

You might be interested in Neil Gunn's Butcher's Broom - wonderful writing and two characters have second sight.
https://literaryleila.wordpress.com/

Alise Stewart said...

I have the "Sight" as my family calls it. We are Stewarts/Wallaces. My Gammy had the sight as well. I am looking for it in my neice. I would be glad to talk to you. Alise Stewart of Roanoke, VA. I have a blog called Whisper of Fields. I don't tell anyone I have the sight because they would think I was crazy.

Joyful said...

Second sight is a trait that has been passed down through the generations on my father's side. I know my great-grand parents, grandparents, father and in some cases I also have it. Message me and I will tell you more about it.

B said...

I too am a Stewart. I had many experiences like this when I was younger. No one in my family ever spoke of similar sights or senses. I came to believe it was childish fantasy and learned to ignore it.

It's very interesting to read this from my hotel room in Scotland as I've spent the last few days walking in the villages my ancestors lived in.

Nan said...

My family is "Scots-Irish" and my grandfather was reported (by his sisters) to have the Sight, although he never spoke of it. It was just considered normal in my family to "know" things. Happy to tell you the story, if you're interested. This part of the family comes from the Ozarks.

Kessa said...

Got a few stories to share. Contact me at kessgen at gmail dot com.

Evie Thompson said...

I have the sight, Scottish/Irish. My family never understood it. Has many stories to share. Lochrie

Connie said...

I am a psychic medium by vocation, and I have always believed this came from my Scots Irish side of the family.

monnie said...

I'm Stuart as well. Same for me.

Casey Saumure said...

I'm Tweedy on one side, Stewart/Graham by marriage. Blood runs same here.

Robert Collier-James said...

This is a wonderful post. My great grandmother was ''two-sighted'' she had premonitions all her life, one being, seeing her sister walking up the hallway carrying a baby. A few hours later she received the news that her sister Nora-Margaret had died along with the baby during birth. I am Irish and we can trace our family back to Scotland, the clan Somervilles.

Holly Thompson said...

I too have the second sight and am Scots-Irish. It comes from my grandmother on my mother's side. My brother has it as well, when people pass I see them reunite with already deceased loved ones and read people very easily and know their intentions. My mother won't speak of it but I it comes from the family name which was Brown. You may contact me if you like holly.roberts34@yahoo.com

Corey said...

Scottish Clark (Clan Cameron) and Irish Barry on Mother's side. Second sight I believe runs in our family. The family settled in Kentucky and Indiana when they were territories along with many other Roman Catholics who left Maryland. Being devout Roman Catholics, my family recognized the second sight as a charism (gift from God) usually after Confirmation.
Corey

Corey said...

Scottish Clark (Clan Cameron) and Irish Barry on Mother's side. Second sight I believe runs in our family. The family settled in Kentucky and Indiana when they were territories along with many other Roman Catholics who left Maryland. Being devout Roman Catholics, my family recognized the second sight as a charism (gift from God) usually after Confirmation.
Corey

But I Digress said...

My father was Scots Irish and had the second sight. He was an officer in the 48th Highlanders, and he had a premonition about a ship in the convoy in which he was traveling during WW2 being bombed by a German plane. He dreamed this while napping below deck. It was so vivid and disturbing that he felt compelled to tell some other soldiers about it when he woke up. He described in detail which ship it was and exactly where it was hit. A few moments later, it all happened right in front of their eyes.

The other officers were concerned that he might be a spy or something because they couldn't understand how he would have had that knowledge. At last they accepted that it was second sight.

He also saw an old estate on the edge of a village in England and inquired about it at the pub later on. He said you could have heard a pin drop and that everyone stared at him. They asked him to describe it and he did, in detail. People were freaked out because the place had burned down in the previous century. They had drawings of it in books but no one had seen it except him.

His grandmother died not long before he was born, and he said that he and other family members used to sometimes see her sitting in her rocking chair in the living room, rocking. It was just accepted.

When my sister was a little girl, she always knew if a woman was pregnant, sometimes before anyone else did, and she knew the sex of the child. Women used to come to her to find out what they were expecting.

Diane Gehrig said...

I am Scots-Irish on my fathers side 'Davidson' and had my first 'vision' at about age 7. I was looking through Arizona Highways mag at my grandparents house in Iowa and had this flash of insight or knowing that one day I would live in AZ. 20 some years later I moved to Az...not even thinking about the vision. There were half dozen or more others...some not so pleasant (not involving death but terrible divorce) and I have also had many vivid dreams of prophetic nature which have come to pass. I have always felt different...much more intuitive than most people and at times worried about my mental stability...sometimes it is very unsettling. I am 52 years old and just discovered articles on second sight...feel relieved I'm not going crazy but don't feel I can tell ANYONE without them thinking so.

Rebecca said...

Lytle here, it's discouraged to speak of it but I know several ancestors had the sight, I have it, and my youngest son has it.

kym said...

very interesting subject. I had my dna done and found out my ancestors mainly came from Scotland and wales almost five hundred years ago. no second sight, though, I regret to say. best wishes.

Beth Racz said...

I'm an O'Rourke, from Northern Ireland originally though my family immigrated to the USA before the revolutionary war. I have second sight, my father does, my grandmother and grandfather both had it, and we have stories of previous generations having it. In my case I have foresight occasionally and can often "communicate " with spirits. My father has foresight. My grandfather had it and my grandmother was what is now called a "medium "

KDono62139 said...

Hi there happy to share info on mine!

Susann Rehbock said...

Munro and MacAinstrie here living with a Wallace who is half Ross don't you know.
I get a feeling of sadness and almost hard to breathe and then I find that someone, whether close or far related, has died. Happened when my father and my brother passed. And also when Diana died. Like a consciousness surrounding you at that very moment.

Tessa Thomas-Peterson said...

I have second sight and my Irish name was O'Brien. I know my mother had the sight, we originate from the Ozarks. My fathers side was Irish my mothers side Cherokee/German. I lost my mom at age 5 to a drunk driver a I will have to do some digging. Tessa.N.Thomas30@gmail.com

Rebecca Stark said...

Scots-Irish here, Teague was our name. great grandfather would claim an Indian maiden would yell him where to find gold, he'd always come home in the evenings with gold he had "found". Grandma had the "second sight" and most of her female grandchildren, first borns no less have the "sight" also. Msg me if you'd like to know more!

Ashley Neidrauer said...

I and my mother have the second sight. Well developed. It was said my great grandmother had it as well, but I never got to meet her. She came to visit my mother after she died though I'm told. My family was considered Scot-Irish as well, though there is a lot of clouded mystery surrounding the clans name- McKibben. Family has searched for years for shreds in historical and genealogical texts, but the only thing I could find was a write up of how the clan came to be and their coat of arms. Seems they were lost to history. But my son and daughter have also inherited the sight.

Skianne Barnes said...

I have the sight but to my knowledge I'm not Scots-Irish, but my grandmother told me we were Scottish, Irish and other. Not sure if this is helpful but if you are interested you can contact me for more information

Skianne Barnes said...

I have the sight but family history is kinda sketchy. My grandmother told me we had Scottish and Irish in us is not sure if it helps but you can contact me for more info if you like

Skianne Barnes said...

I have the sight but to my knowledge I'm not Scots-Irish, but my grandmother told me we were Scottish, Irish and other. Not sure if this is helpful but if you are interested you can contact me for more information

Datura FaieCelium said...

I have the gift very strong
I have Scottish ancestry

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Datura FaieCelium said...

I'm very gifted with this
And am from Scottish ancestry

Brandy Alexander said...

My Scottish grand defended me when I was a child in the Ozark mountains. She said I had the sight. My dad was scared when I used it and talked about it.

Yummy Mummy Emporium said...

I have it also, so did my grandmother on my moms side who told me I had this and to pay close attention to my dreams. That is a scots-irish lineage but they lived in Wales and then married into a french family, Petite. as a child I would have prophetic dreams of entire days, I could storyline predict the whole day. Now my daughter age 5 has another lineage of Irish blood from her father, O'Sullivan, again mothers side and she told me she used to be able to fly but can't seem to do it anymore...

Bjames said...

My grandmother on my father's side had premonitions, her grandmother read tea leaves and had visions, I have had visions, and I just know things. I used to hide it, now I embrace it. I have Scottish and Irish heritage my maiden name is Gilpin, traced back to Gylpen's in Ireland and back into Scotland. My email is a2zcrafts at yahoo.com

Unknown said...

We are Somerville's too except it changed to summerill by the time.e they got here. We are also Fife and Abercrombie

Scott said...

I'm one third Scottish and I have always been highly intuitive. I have premonitions. I know when some people are dangerous. I write music with lyrics that often foretell my future. I have dreams that guide my life choices. I'm an excellent judge of character when it really matters. My Mom's family is full of artists and intuitives and geniuses. Their family are the Burnham's. They founded a city of that name in England. I don't know the family name that came out of Scotland. I'll have to ask my Mom. She tracks genealogy.

Linda Cruz said...

I, too, am Scots-Irish on my father's side, Jewell/Ford, and, while I am not a psychic/medium, I do have second sight.

susanm said...

My family is of the McDonough clan - Scot-Irish settled in Il and moved back to NC mtns. All the women in my family have second sight. All of the women are healers - all professionally in medicine of some type, all "knowing" facts about people, mainly about babies or deaths but also"knowing" who was on the phone (before caller id), speaking a persons name before they call or contact you, finding lost items and some remote viewing. I think it is from the Celt interaction with the Pict. To make to not-so-freaky for the younger girls, we have always kind of made it a game. But it can be quite uncanny.

Allison Tait said...

I have "second sight", most of the women in our family have it "Tait", Scotland, now South Africa.

wwagner10 said...

I feel you need to extend your research to extrasensory hearing as well. I am of Scots Irish descent and hear a second voice...one that haas guided me for over 40 years...and guided me to ever expanding peace. That voice seems to have a much higher vision/perspective of my life and where it is headed. I rack my brain for solutions to my problems then remember to sit at my computer and tune in to the 'other' voice....what I have written over the years blows my mind...I think everyone could develop these abilities. I would have become a drug addict or committed suicide had my 'invisible' friend not helped me all along the way. If you would like more information about my abilities, how I learned to connect, or what I have heard, please see my website for more information and a way to contact me. Blessings MiracleUnlimited.com

Tajkatt tyler said...

the 'sight' runs in our families as well (Scot's Ross and Irish Croft) has in every generation as far back as we have info. its one of those family things that we never questioned whether it was real or not. it just IS.

we also find (especially when very young) there seems to be a communication/connection thing with animals/wildlife also runs in the family- ours is always the home that creatures in distress will come to.. its as if we are 'marked' somehow..

Amok Crone said...

Yep, my family has the "sight". Clune was my grandmother's family name

John Slauter said...

I do not know my ancestry, I think it may be Irish. I've had "second sight" all my life. I had an experience where I was waiting for a bus and a man tried to abduct me. I randomly said that I didn't need a ride because my boyfriend was picking me up and minute. I told the man that my bf was a cop that had just gotten off duty from the supermarket up the street. The creep got out of the car and was coming around when a car with 2 off duty policemen pulled up. The guy drove off and the cops gave me a ride. This story just popped into my mind and then it happened! Crazy. I've also had times that I predicted plane crashes. (Said to my son that they were going to interrupt the program with a news flash. 10 seconds later, it happened and a plane had gone off the runway at Logan. Many other instances. Sometimes it scares me. This is my husband's email I can't seem to get mine in.

1yoindigo said...

Very cool! I have it, my dad "knew" things and was a very spiritual man, though we didn't talk about it much. He told me from very early on his mother would have loved meeting me, that I was just like her. My Patenal Grandma, Maude Imogene Shaw (Salladin) was born around 1896 or 7 in St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada. Her Grandfather married an Irish woman, Margaret Boles, from N. Ireland. My dad would tell me stories about my Grandma Maude such as she had a pet raven as a young woman and even taught it to speak. As she grew into womanhood, she was not the mothering type, more like a woman beyond her years, very studious and more serious, working as a social worker in NY during the depression and later with abused and elderly, always at the top of her classes. Unfortunately she died in her 60's from complications of becoming an alcoholic and smoking after years of very difficult work. Though she has passed, a few seers I have spoken with tell me she is my closest Spirit Guide. Though I don't see her, I can feel her around me, as is my father. My children also have skills and are learning to accept them. One seer friend told me my Grandma had somewhat of a difficult childhood, that she struggled with her skills and what was accepted at the time. If I ever had a spirit role model, she would be it. I even have some of her old photo and scrap albums. In my search of Geneology of my family, which is mostly complete, this branch of the family is one I am trying to trace back to Scotland and N.Ireland. But the time frame is early 1800s. Any suggestions are greatly apreciated. Good luck and blessings be! - SuZanne

medesigns said...

I am adopted and have had the second sight for as long as I can remember. Like many have commented, it was very strong at ages 5 to early teens. At least a daily occurrence that manifested itself through visions like short pieces of a film to reoccurring dreams. One of my adopted aunts has it too, and saw it in me immediately. Although it is not as intense in adulthood, it will always be with me. Thanks for posting.

Milton warner said...

I am also Stuart/ macdougall. I have seen and talked to spirits almost my whole life, I also see my past lives.

medesigns said...

Iam adopted, and have had the sight as long as I can remember. As several have mentioned, mine was very intense from age five to early teens. I really freaked my parents out a few times. It always manifests itself through visions that are like small pieces of a movie or through reoccurring dreams. One of my adopted aunts saw it in me very early, and told me privately that she knew that I had the "gift". It is not as intense in adulthood, but it is always there for me. A recent DNA test revealed that I am from the northern France/Germany area of Europe.

Rebecca Turner said...

Direct Petty line from Ireland here. My family has premonitions and we have had plenty of people see shadows and things that weren't there.

babybug80 said...

I find this so interesting. My family heritage is Scots Irish as well and while we don't have the complete second sight we do have knowing. Maybe we just never tried to develop it completely. My Mom would know things and as I got older so did I. I had that gut feeling of when to do something or when something was wrong. I can sense things about people and when someone is feeling turmoil, even if they are not friends or family, it can drain me. Anybody that has this will understand. Sometimes it's almost like sparks running through me. I have been told that it's because I'm an empath. These are things that I don't want to tell people about outside my family. Again, like others have said, for fear of people thinking I'm weird. I did tell somebody last year that I thought needed to know something and never heard from them again. Good Luck with your research!

Renee Bacsik said...

My ancestors are Buchanan's. I don't have second sight but am very intuitive. I can size a person up in about a minute. That runs in my family.

Betty Deleon said...

I have some stories on 2nd sight if you are interested. My maternal grandfathers name was Graham. His ancestors were Scots-Irish. My mother and I have had experience with the sight. email llis45@yahoo.com. I don't check my Google account often. Very interesting subject to me.

laighleas55 said...

Irish-Welsh. It runs in my mother's side of the family, the Irish side, though that's a bit mixed up because some of the Irish side started off as Welsh invaders. :-) She always knew what was to go down. So do I. First came up in my teens, when I told my parents that we wouldn't see Grandad again. We didn't. A lot on death, but that's useful. It gives time to say goodbye, and leave nothing unsaid between the two of you. Mostly I know what's coming, even if I also know it is unavoidable. Sometimes I ignore it because it takes all the fun out of things, all the surprise, if you know what's coming next. :-) Other times I never ignore it (if ignoring it is possible in such circumstancs - it beats me round the head so there's no option) because it tells me that it is a good idea to leave *now*, or not go *there*. Never why - I always find that out later. It's had me stopping at the entrance to a station as if I'd hit a wall, then turning round and walking way without knowing why other than an instinct to "GET OUT OF HERE *NOW*!, and being some distance away when the Tannoy behind me blared that there was a bomb alert. At one point in my life biker friends regarded me as the canary in the mine; if I had a 'feeling', they should listen because shit was going down. :-)They saw too much evidence of me being right. :-)

Nichole Myers said...

We have second sight running in our family but we are mostly German. Some Scot way back. We have always attributed this to our long family history of what is today known as PA Dutch Pow wow.

Unknown said...

So if it came from the Scottish side.... are we all descendants of the fae?!

Lady Denise said...

I sometimes just "know" things, without knowing how I know. My daughter has prophetic dreams. She dreamt her father died, and was upset and afraid about it. It turned out that her step-father, my husband, died instead. That was 4 years ago. We are descended from the Peden family who originated on Arran Island, Scotland, then migrated to Northern Ireland, then migrated to Charleston, South Carolina, establishing the Presbyterian church there.

Peter Brown said...

My Great grandmother, Tina Hilson Hay had the second sight. I have stories.

Sharon Day said...

Oh, boy is this true! I'm a Fraser/Ward/Richmond/Wood - they arrived in the early 1700s and lived in VA and WV. I scored last year on worldwide online testing at #14. My skills are quite strong. I always assumed I got it from my mom's people. All the women in her Fraser(Ward) family were powerfully intuitive, but my skills kind of jumped off the charts.

Sue said...

I'm Scots Irish on my mother's side. She always knew things, especially about guys I was dating. She could also tell you the winner of the Supet Bowl after the first game of the season. She was always right. I kind of have it but my youngest brother really does. One of my other brothers heals by laying on hands.

Sarah said...

My family had lost an heirloom piece of jewelry and thought it gone forever, but my grandmother had a dream the night before my parents married that her deceased mother came to her and told her exactly where to find it. It was in a very intricate hidden compartment of her mother's jewelry box. When she woke up she found it immediately. No one knew about the jewelry box's compartment and to this day, none of us can open it. It's extremely bizarre.
My mother wore the broach for her wedding, and I wore it at mine.

Nanci Munroe said...

I am a Stewart descendant as well, this explains a lot to me, I had what I called "premonition dreams", not aware of any family history, I'm waiting on a local murder trial for which I believe I know where the missing body is

Summer Song said...

I'm not a psychic by vocation but I do have a story. I'm not sure how to contact you or if my story will help you.

ShadowDancer said...

I am also of Scots-Irish decent( from the ship straight to the hills of WV) and believe the sight been passed down my great-great-great grandmother's side (aside on nay family tree I traced back a really long time ago with a crazy claim to an ancesteress I would love for to be true but am uncertain of). When my great grandmother was about to pass my neice, who was barely 2, kept telling us her husband was with us at her bedside. A year later she still talks aboug how Mimi visits us.(it should also be note my father has, what his grandfather described as strong medicine on his side as well). My family has always been "off" and I recently scared my good freinds when they started dating by telling them they were pregnant before she realized she was late (honestly, it startled me too as this "knowing" as my mother calls it, is growing stronger, this is not the first time I have predicted the pregnancy of someone close to me (I must also point out that I have a freind that believes there is a connection between me and the old woman that randomly walked up to my mother three days before her missed period and told her it was going to be a girl (me))
I am a strong beleiver that my Scottish ancestry has something to do with my family's "sight", infact, there's a just a knowing that it is.

BonnieSue said...

My family is from Scottish decent. I have the ability to see things before people are about to pass away. My son has also seem to inherit this second sight. When he was about three he was playing hacky sack. He said his grand dad taught him how. I asked him to describe him. He described his Great Grandfather who had died years ago. Tall , red hair and he said people called him Red. No one in my family had spoken about him and there are no pictures hanging.

men a pause oh my said...

I am of English and irish and scotish desent.. my great uncle was a cardnel in the catholic church . I have found things more and more in time I have seen things. I have a video of telling my nice she was pregnant when no one knew.. and I one time told my husband to let me out of the car now...and he did not... and we were hit in a car accident... there have been things like that .I would have to give a lot of thought to all of the things ... I have a friend who really can see the past and the fucture on anyone.. and she says everyone has the abilty. My daughter when she was small about 2 or 3 saw my brother all the time up in his room.. and he had been murdered.. and when we went to the cemetary .. she was little still and she would say how he would talk to her... and I would ask her what aunt linda would say.... who had died.. and she said...oh she did not say anything... .. I really believe she saw him... she always went up stairs and talked to him. I have gotten feelings about things like playing an exact lottery no that my brother always played on the day he was buried and it hit... I never played the lottery. Tbere are odd things.. like I knew when I had ovarian cancer and the doc could not figure it out.. I did not exacty know.. I had it.. but I said there is something there.. and they check..and they said nothing.and I went back three months later and told them again... and they did a second ultra sound.. and they saw the spott... they missed the first time.. they got the cancer all contained.. the doc said I was one in a million.. I can not explain it.. the doc said how did I know... .... I never really put it tog that it might be a psysic thing. I call it a blessing sighting... ,,,, I have had odd things like that happen like my car was hanging over a cliff and should have went off..... and I said oh god... and I backed it up.... I do not know how it backed up... ,,,,,,, and one time my car spun out in traffic on the freeway with so many semis commming at me..... and somehow they all just did not hit me.... and one time a great big rod came through the middle of my passesenger side of my car where my legs were and I had just moved my legs apart if I had not I would have lost my legs and died... oh man.... and those are just the car stories... a few of them. and just thinking of things.. I have had an angle on my shoulder many times.. I guess I will give some more thought to what are some things... but I know when I get a feeling I take it serious now...

Unknown said...

Do have scot-irish ancestry, and the "second sight".....don't believe we're from the same family,but am in the appalachians currently as well.... def.have a sixth sense so to speak, prophetic dreams mostly...interesting to think it could be hereditary,as far back as that even,as my mom&brother seem to have this ability as well. Very intriguing!

Paige said...

Hi there. Very interesting blog post!
My maternal grandmother's maiden name was McIntire, and I believe she was of Scotch-Irish descent. I don't know what generation immigrated to the US, but I know that branch of my family have lived in Appalachia for at least four generations. My think my grandma, Mary, had what you refer to as second sight. When she would experience this, she would react instinctively, following whatever insight she felt she had, and she would be fairly open about it. Later, she would stop talking about it, and I'm sure this is because, like most people, she didn't want anyone to think she was crazy. But also, I think she felt that there might be some conflict between her belief in her own second sight, and the doctrine of her Christian religion. She never called it Second Sight. She would just talk about having "dreams" that told her things. My mother sometimes has sudden, startling, unusual insights, and I have had a few strange, unexplainable experiences of my own, including dreams, over the course of my own life. I usually think of myself as a very logical person, so this has caused me some internal conflict, but I try to keep an open mind.

Paige said...

Oops! I spelled my Grandma's name wrong! It's McIntyre, not McIntire.

Unknown said...

I have dreams. That come true . Would that be considered second site

To Your Endless Energy & Possibility, Amy Ray said...

Rae from Scotland, Scot-Irish made it "Ray" - and, we, too were part of the first settlers of Ky. (Harrodsburg). No stories of second sight that I've heard of in the family, however I experience many of the gifts. Prior to now, I thought it was due to my Mom's Italian side (great-maternal grandmother was a healer; I am third-level Reiki)..but perhaps my psychometry and "knowing" could also be Scot-Irish? Not sure.. Great topic ~ thank you!

Unknown said...

We as well carry it. Rlzentz@hotmail.com

Sacred Energy Creations said...

Scotch-Irish, McOmber clan, changes to Macmber. My family also is Comanche, I am 1/16 and a direct relation to Quannah Parker, the last Comanche chief. Always the first born in our family sees. I have also found out my father was Welsh-German, Burkhart. We also are Rh-'s. Lots of stories I know

L Marina C Cabanilla Maza said...

My son's great grandmother Hildred GallagherTwitty lived to 100yo alert. Bother surnames from.1st &.2nd husbands. Just now realized never knew her maiden name omg ! She loved eating Walkers shortbread cookies & maybe that's the secret of her long life aside from having 2 massages a wk since her last husband died in her mid-80s...

Teatree O. said...

Scots also. My immediate family has come to accept the visions I have as a reality of life, no different than what they can see and touch in front of them. And wisely, they heed to any warnings I may have, those resulting from this "Second Sight" you speak of. Although, there are still those people who stare at me with disgust or disbelief, like I were a witch or bat crazy. The most recent was my niece who was so excited to share her news of her pregnancy, a pregnancy I already knew existed. Without thinking, I responded, "I know. Congrats to you both!" Her reaction turned cold as a March wind. "WHO TOLD YOU?" she demanded. I could do nothing but respond with "No one," and bow my head in shame. I received a similar response when I told my husband that another niece was pregnant, a week before she announced it to anyone. When my husband shared this information, I received a rather nasty phone call from another family member, wanting to know who told me. But, I digress. Those who have read this article, and have scanned the many comments below, understand. Thank you for writing this article and publishing it. It's comforting to know I'm not alone in this crazy, insecure, myopic world.

Teatree O. said...

Scots also. My immediate family has come to accept the visions I have as a reality of life, no different than what they can see and touch in front of them. And wisely, they heed to any warnings I may have, those resulting from this "Second Sight" you speak of. Although, there are still those people who stare at me with disgust or disbelief, like I were a witch or bat crazy. The most recent was my niece who was so excited to share her news of her pregnancy, a pregnancy I already knew existed. Without thinking, I responded, "I know. Congrats to you both!" Her reaction turned cold as a March wind. "WHO TOLD YOU?" she demanded. I could do nothing but respond with "No one," and bow my head in shame. I received a similar response when I told my husband that another niece was pregnant, a week before she announced it to anyone. When my husband shared this information, I received a rather nasty phone call from another family member, wanting to know who told me. But, I digress. Those who have read this article, and have scanned the many comments below, understand. Thank you for writing this article and publishing it. It's comforting to know I'm not alone in this crazy, insecure, myopic world.

Unknown said...

I'm a Frazier. (specific spelling may have been changed after immigration into the usa) My grandfather was actually the odd duck as he had the second sight. He actually predicted the circumstances of his death, although he didn't know the time period. Lived til an old age and my mother actually found him within hours of his death (they had just recently started talking again, and they did not visit or speak often) because she had a "feeling" although she denies the sight. I have the sight. But I am also German, and Native American. Both grandfather's married a native girl off the rez in Oklahoma... yeah, small world lol...

Rosaria Schoemaker said...

My name is Rosaria,
My grandmother was a Flyn.
My Great great grandmother was an O'Leary.I've had this gift my whole life. Sometimes it's a wee bit scary.
But I've learned over the past 58 years to just except an learn from all of it.
It is truly an amazing gift.
Love to all.

Rosaria Schoemaker said...

My name is Rosaria,
My grandmother was a Flyn.
My Great great grandmother was an O'Leary.I've had this gift my whole life. Sometimes it's a wee bit scary.
But I've learned over the past 58 years to just except an learn from all of it.
It is truly an amazing gift.
Love to all.

Elizabeth Stevenson said...

My mother always kept it "swept under the rug" as if it were a curse or something of evil. I have it, both my sisters do (although they seem to be like mom and ignore it), my mom, of course, both of my children and my maternal cousin. All the women. My paternal lineage is of Scots Irish but the difference is my maternal lineage is primarily Hungarian with a bit of Welsh.
Great article.

Delaney said...

Reading this surprised me, although I shouldn't be surprised any more, because this happens to me all the time: I invent some aspect of Sight that the main character in my book series experiences--but then, whatever I invented turns out to be something that actually exists or that actually happens. So maybe my inventing isn't creativity after all, but is, rather, a touch of Sight? I hope I may share this fascinating article with my readers?

Elwin La Fae said...

I to am from the Stewart line and have been blessed with extraordinary gifts, second site being one of them. Have you ever noticed when your doing work with other people in your family that share the gift how much stronger it is? I utilize my gifts in my vocation as a psychic medium, channeler, healer, and teacher. If I can assist in any way please contact me.

Thomas Caleb Goggans said...

Over the years I have had several occassions in which I have known with certainty things that weren't readily explicable, can often perceive other's personality and history when only having just met them, and sometimes sense with near exact specificity what someone else is thinking. If there are people nearby who are in emotional distress or pain, I am impacted by it before I am aware of it. My two year old appears to be showing many of the same tendancies.
My family name traces back to Ireland, though intermarriage also brings German, Native American, and Scotch blood into the line.

Carron Little said...

I'm a direct descendant from the Lowlands of Scotland first generation living in America and it was passed down through father's side of the family who can be traced back to Annan in 1600s. You can email me at carronlittle@gmail.com

earthernchild said...

I wonder if we might be distantly related, I also call my paternal grandmother (from WV) Gammy. :) Do you hear the plants 'speak' as I do, I wonder?
Clairvoyance and clairaudience run in my mother and paternal grandmother's families. I don't know a lot about either families history, unfortunately, and my own ability to know things functions at whimsy. Though I can always 'hear' the plants.

EEK said...

I'm a Scottish born Kelly having "second sight" since childhood. Keep it to myself now after some frightening experiences, but found it useful in my world travels and U.S. military service. I'm constantly aware of it and, under the guise of "gut feelings," use it often. Handy little ability!

earthernchild said...

The women in my family often have mild psychic ability. Most of my family stories are from my mother's side, who are Scots-Irish, and my paternal grandmother's family who were African-Cherokee/Creek-Irish.
I usually experience dreams, rather than waking premonitions, but have had both. I have a habit of knowing things I shouldn't, and I knew each time I was pregnant. I dreamed of my water breaking on the toilet and an angel hovering over the doorway. I went into labor the next day at 3 am, and my water broke on the hospital toilet at 5 am when I tried to pee- with my nurse, Angel, hovering in the doorway.

Unknown said...

Any information about Ogden's? My sister has found some information but very little of our blood line.

Teresa said...

Teresa here. My Grandmother was an Owen, tracing her family history to Ireland.

I too have what you call "the sight." I looked for others, and for information that wouldn't be looked at as "superstition." I knew it was real. I learned that the military developed a program that helped others learn how to develop their sixth sense / sight / intuition. I have given presentations at nursing conferences regarding it.

The group I am associated with is called Controlled Remote Viewing because the military developed it scientifically. There is a general term, remote viewing, that is the same idea but without the strict regulations of CRV (science, you know). People are an art and a science. The science part helps establish the "sight" as a normal part of our human make-up. Some people have more, some have less.

There is a group on Facebook called Remote Viewing. Anyone is welcome to ask to join, and you may learn a lot there just by reading the posts. The group is very diverse. Many thousands of people from all over the world, with all types of intuitive abilities coming together in a big meet and greet opportunity.

I have some of my "sight" experiences written as vignettes on my website, aestheticimpact.com.

crystal caluori said...

Both my daughter and son have it. Scot-Irish in our heritage. McBride and mcCarl.

crystal caluori said...

I know exactly what you mean.

NC RN said...

My grandmother had the second sight although it has always been called the "gift". I have it and my sister has it. Our family is Scot-Irish. We always dream about specific family members when they are in distress or dying. We are also both nurses and know before physical signs are present when a patient is having distress, dying or just need us in the room. The gift has also saved me from being in accidents. I have always sensed good or meaness in people. Out of curiosity, have you heard of any link between having the second sight and migraines? My grandmother always cautioned me against ouiji boards, occult and other practices saying we were gifted but sensitive and at risk as both good and evil exist. Thank you for this article

Judith Dahlen said...

Looks like the latest posts were about a year ago. Just received it on FB. My mother had recurrent vivid dreams about how people would die. They were proven prophetic, including her own. Her maiden name was Boyer, but her mother was a Worthing. She said there was some Irish in there somewhere. My dad's mom, a Frazer, had the same kinds of predictive dreams. I'm half Scot and half Heinz 57 Variety and strongly intuitive, though I've used the option I'm told we have to NOT be afflicted with such dour visions. My intuitive gifts have been channeled into my singing.

Christina Santas said...

The gift shows up sporadically in my family. I'm Scots-Irish, though the Irish is from my mother's father, and the Scottish is from my mother's mother. My great-aunt had it, my mum used to have it (she ignored the gift and so it receded within her), my little sister has it, and I have it. I don't know much about my great-aunt's experiences, but I have many to tell about my sister and I. My mum's maiden name is Fowler, and her ancestors were Kimballs/Campbells.

Michele Carroll said...

I have always been able to tell when someone is pregnant and a few other things. Never took it very seriously. My great grandfather on my moms side was Scottish, the Rose clan. My dad is Irish the Carroll and Faye clans. We have midwives in the family going way back andI am a doula. The only time my "ability" was taken seriously was when I was in Kenya among the Swahili folks on Lamu Island. Women started to ask for me after I inadvertently wished a woman good luck with her pregnancy - she had just learned she was pregnant after loosing a child and hadnt told anyone. I knew she was pregnant, somehow knew about the loss and knew it would be a boy. I dont talk about this stuff and dont even really believe it until I hear other folk talk about it, validating my experiences.

Scarlett Foxx said...

A study of DNA recently shows that the Scottish, Welsh, Irish and English are all related... One in three people in Britain are Celts http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/we-re-nearly-all-celts-under-the-skin-1-1141420 destroying the myth that Irish / Scots are different to the English

Lily Harrison said...

My grandmother had it and was superb at using playing cards to tell fortunes. I had what I now believe to have been remote viewing, every time it happened I was minding my own business playing with my toys or reading, I saw an aunt hooked up to what I described as a tv with lines on it (heart monitor) and saw her flatline. Then a few years later I saw a girl get killed by a shark. And the last vision I can remember having was my grandfather dying and the nurses pulling the sheet over his head, after I came out of the vision the phone rang and my mom picked it up, before the other person could say anything I told her they were calling to tell her granddaddy had died, sadly I was right.

Belinda Johnson said...

My ancestors are Scottish and irish but my visions go back further than 1300s i feel there is more to my story but cannot find any historical litteriture on it through ancestry.com i am a very old soul and feel ive walked this world many times.

Belinda Johnson said...

My ancestors are Scottish and irish but my visions go back further than 1300s i feel there is more to my story but cannot find any historical litteriture on it through ancestry.com i am a very old soul and feel ive walked this world many times.

Marci Javril said...

OMG - I have this #SecondSight, I "see" auras and get pictures & voices, talk to the dead, and I'm ScotchIrish! so very intriguing, this is the first I've see about this... Please contact me, I am well versed now, trained to be a medium from a Brasilian clairvoyant for 2 years, and have many MANY corroborated stories to share. - Marci Javril - Office@VitalEnergyCenter.com - 310.306.9838

csuspect said...

My Grandmother McCarthy was a Native seer and holy woman. She lived in the back country of the Gatineau across the river from Ottawa, Canada. I grew up under her tutelage in learning herbal medicines, interpreting dreams and being able to see the measure of someone in their eyes and by their body movements. The people of the mountain who were mostly 1st and second generation Irish called upon her to pray, prognosticate and minister over their sick and to conduct ceremony when they died. I accompanied her when she did this. When she died, my father was called upon to take up her duties, and I was seen as the heir to take over for him. While I lived in Ottawa in the 70's and 80s, I too was summoned to pray with the traditional people of the Gatineau mountains. I did not practice herbal medicine because there was a viable health system in place. But they eventually all died off and I eventually emigrated to the USA where I studied and worked in medical information science and referral. I have always, and more than ever, I rely on my second sight and my instincts to protect my friends and family. And though they are educated people, even scientists and medical people, they trust my instincts and my intuition. So my gift was passed down to me from my Native Anishinaabe roots and not Scots-Irish. It is impossible to determine if it also passed to me from my Irish side because my Grandfather was a "home child". We have little information or ability to trace his family past him because he was kidnapped off the streets of Dublin by agents of the Catholic Church at the turn of the century and sold to a farmer in Quyon Quebec. There he worked as a slave until he ran away and joined the Canadian Army at the beginning of WW1. He was a good and generous family man, held in high esteem by his community. He personally fed all the jobless people on his street during the worst of the Great Depression and paid their rent with his postal clerk salary.

Brenda Matthews said...

My mom was uncanny. I went home to tell her I was dropping out of university. She was in my sisters' bedroom dusting off their 2 degrees and said, "I have 2 of them, when am I going to get the third one?" I went back my studies.

One snowy winter's evening my dad tried everything to get the car started and the battery was starting to run down. He had a temper and got in the car and said to my mom with more expletives, "I've tried everything. It's your car. You talk to it." So my mom patted the dash and said, "Don't you listen to him... " etc etc sweet talking to the car like she was a horse. My dad turned the key and the car started. He was a complete believer after that.

Everyone said I had it, that I am "witchy". It scared me when I saw into the future and I blocked it. But I am a good reader of people. And things always fall into place, even if I am in chaos. I trust the universe has its plan. My dad said I always landed on my feet.

I thought it was my mom's American Native Indian blood (she spent a lot of time with her full blooded Cherokee great grandmother who lived to be 106 and told her all the stories), but she also had Irish blood - McGee was her mother's family name. My grandmother was disowned for marrying my grandfather, so I don't know a lot about the McGees other than they had a general store in Lexington, Mo. My grandmother had a university degree and was considered an old maid at 30, so she married my grandfather who was 25. It was very scandalous. She also wrote short stories that were thrown out (that breaks my heart). She died when I was 1.

Kelle Lynch-Baldwin said...

My mother had the Second Sight from "being born under the veil". I have had minor experiences but she had it so string that it frightened her. Her mother was Irish from Cork/Limerick areas and father was a Scot.

AtoZeeWellness said...

Are you still collecting stories? I have stories.
My grandmother had the sight... people used to come to her to learn their fortunes, until it frightened her enough that she quit doing it. She kept a crystal ball and tarot cards that she swore she never used, because she was afraid of them, but gave to me.
I have it too - I can read things about people in most mediums... cards, tarot, tea leaves and coffee grounds, palms, smoke, by holding an object, or just looking in their eyes.
We're mostly Scottish, descended from Scottish kings, and English ones, if my sister has the geneology right. Cummings is the family name.
My husband is mostly Scottish also, Swan and Ferris. He has what we call "the Whammy" - its a thing he does that lets him calm frightened animals (and people), and interact with wild animals as if they were raised with him. Quite remarkable to see. Perhaps not the sight, per se, but a very out-of-the-ordinary skill, and related, I'm sure of it.

Joni Glennen said...

My father's family is Scots Irish. I had no idea this existed, but it makes so much sense now. I have had several interactions all my life that I couldn't explain. I'd love to talk more about it!

Lynne said...

Hi, I'm also a Stewart, descended from Scots and Scots Irish. I have it too. So does my niece and my brother. I'm happy to share with you too.

Suzanne Beach said...

My husband's side is Scots-Irish.
They are going on 4 generations in a row, with the sight. My husband has family in both Carbondale PA and Carbondale IL. That just struck me as odd.

Maxine McClurd said...

I too have the "sight".At 12 I knew minutes before my grandmother was called that my Father had died following heart surgery,at 25 I woke (8 months pregnant, lots of pressure on my stomach)Choking on vomit unable to breath I pounded on the wall to wake my husband and he pounded on my back util the obstruction was cleared.I looked at the clock before going back to bed,my mother died that night of a pulmonary embolism,when i got the death certificate I realized she died at the exact same time i was struggling to breath.My Sight is always of bad things,I am not happy I have it,other things have been seen before they happened and always tragic.

denise said...

my name is Denise O'Driscoll, i have very old bloodlines in Ireland, Scotland and Wales. I am the g granddaughter of a woman who had the sight, my mother tell's stories of her telling her husband to hook up the horses to the buggy and her taking her herbs and case of a doctor, to attend to her daughter's miles away, no telephones, but she knew that they went into labor. She was a midwife and healer and grew all of her own herbs. I have the sight too, and often call my family right when they are on their way to the hospital, or in dire need. thanks enjoyed this very much

denise said...

i have incredible dreams and yes sometimes of past lives and sometimes of the future thanks

Lisa Short said...

I am of the Stewart line too and have the sight. Very interesting, since I know our ancestry!

Lisa Short said...

I am of the Stewart line too and have the sight as well. Fascinating since I've been working on our ancestry and this really does did a puzzle piece into the picture. Similar migration across the Cumberland Gap.

Unknown said...

I am half Scots-Irish, and half Czech, with my mother's mother's family name being MacLaughlan, and her father's name being Ross. I and my mother have/had second sight. I've written two books about psychic abilities and nonlocal consciousness, and I've used my intuitive perception professionally. jkatra@spamarrest.com

katie walden said...

I appreciate your article. From what I've been told, my mom's side of the family has some scots- irish. That aside, the second site you speak of, I've never found it to be a great thing to have. If you'd like a few stories though, I'd certainly share.

Melissa said...

Stewart's are in our family tree as well. This explains a lot! I would love to read your book when it is completed! Much thanks- Melissa

electrobuddha said...

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Deborah Macdonald said...

Hi a macdonald here we too have the second sight run through our family my grandma was irish (she was a connor) and my granda scottish (macdonald) it seems to run through the eldest females in the family and me being the eldest of my generation i too have the second sight.I have always been looked to for my opinion on people as i always seem to know their true characters even before i have properly met them, i know things that i cannot explain and i also have vivid dreams that turn out to come true i dreamt of my mothers death 2 weeks before she died i woke up crying and screaming and its rare that i do this. I dreamt of my partners dad becoming seriously ill but i told him he would be ok and i was again right i have done this several times with different things and it blows me away everytime i dont really tell many people about it because of the stigma but my partner knows and he is astounded at what i know i can even tell him where he has been and what he has done when i am not aware of his whereabouts its mad! This gift has passed through my family and i find it utterly fascinating.

Sue said...

Cunningham/Finlay with Stuart connections: i think I do have it - I'm prone to flashes of knowing, to occasional visions that are very real. Very discouraged when. I was young, and I have never really thought about this seriously.....hmmm!

mom22 said...

I know my mom had it. I was youngest as is my daughter. Mom a LL ways knew what was going to happen before it did. As a little girl I knew where and when my mom was going to pass. I told people in my class. When it happened as I said. I was shunned and never said anything again. I still know as bout things before they happen and so does my youngest daughter. I according to ancestry am a direct defendant of the wretched King George the first. I am not fond of the royals. So I don't know if I am from your family or not. Just glad to know someone else has it. Not talked of here in states.

Nedranyc said...

Check out litanyburns.com. Shes written books on developing yours and your childrens', psychic ability. Etc.

Hazel Russell said...

My mother whose maiden name was Love had it all my life I suffered as a result of this, her knowing and "seeing"even though she was not present!

nannieb said...

I come from Stewart ancestry as well. I have second sight as my Nana did. Her grandma Maggie Stewart was born in Nova Scotia, her ancestors having left Scotland during the Highland Clearances. My paternal ancestry is comprised largely of Scots, Irish, and English. I have a family tree I'm working on at Ancestry.com. Here's the link; https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/tree/73324004/family/pedigree?cfpid=38266663141&selnode=1

nannieb said...

I am a Brown. My Brown ancestors origins as I have traced so far, hailed from East Whitburn, West Lothian, Scotland. Most all were miners (coal, iron), poor, in ill health and died young. They led hard lives. You can contact me via Ancestry, my screen name is MABROWNBRIGGS or by email - fourwinds22064 at yahoo.com. Who knows, we may be related? :)

Witchy Woman said...

Have you read RAVENS AND BLACK RAIN by Elizabeth Sutherland? It's a good account of the second sight in the Highlands.

Jen said...

I have a question. In the article you have written about the Tweedy's: They were an adventurous family as several of them were in Daniel Boone's party that crossed the Cumberland Gap in the 1770s. 
And then you go on to say: As an adult my research discovered that the Second Sight runs in their family. 
Can you please elaborate if you are continuing the subject of second sight in the Tweedy family, or if you mean you found information that the Boone family had the sight?

countingthetoll said...

I have it and so did my grandmother and her mother. My sisters also have it to a degree.

Kailey Kitsune said...

Very interesting to read this article and these comments. My family name is Jenkins, we also belong to the clan Cameron and are apparently related to a line of Wallace's. My aunt has the sigh, and for as long as I can remember has referred to herself as "fae". When she and my father and uncles were kids, she would see people and things in their home with them. Her daughter I believe also has the sight, but, is reluctant to pay it any merit. In turn, she experiences a lot of anxiety, which to me, is caused by her gift and by trying to resist and ignore the feelings and impressions it brings to her. My mother, who was primarily native American, also had what one would call the sight. She was a very intuitive woman and seemed to be able to read people better than most people have met. In turn, my three sisters and myself seem to have a feel for similar things. Our childhood house we lived in left us with no shortage of stories and experiences that I believe happened due to all of us being touched with the sight. We all also took after our mother and seem to be more intuitive than most.

Kailey Kitsune said...

My family is also from the Clan Cameron! My aunt, myself and my two sisters all seem to have the sight.

Kailey Kitsune said...

I don't know too much about my family back in Scotland though, as my main family has been over here in Canada for going onto three generations now. I've only ever met a small portion of my family back home.

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