an-da-shealladh

You know when you look through a window when there’s light shining on it, and you can see through it but the reflections are very distracting and difficult to see past?

That’s literally how I feel all the time right now. It’s like I’m not seeing properly at all and I’m having to work so hard to see past it.

Balephuil, Tiree

“People in the Highlands were often said to be gifted with the SECOND SIGHT - the ability to see or sense events at a distance or yet to come. Lord Archibal Campbell was one of several writers who gathered stories about precognition, and he included some examples in his Records of Argyll (1885). One supplied by Alexander Brown from Balephuil or Baile-phuill told of an occasion when he was walking along and suddenly fell to the ground. He got up, but a few seconds later he fell down again. Thinking that he was being clumsy, he got up again and went on, but fell yet a third time.

‘I looked about me, and thought I saw the shadow of a woman standing at my side, and when I walked again I felt as if she touched my shoulder, and fell again’ this time I walked or crawled on my knees to the house, the shadow following me, but never touching me again. Next night I went to the wake of an old woman who had died on a farm. I was asked to go next day for strings for the coffin, and I carried the strings in the pocket which was on the side I was knocked down from. I have no other explanation to give of the phenomena, but that it was the old woman who died that was walking with me the previous evening and knocking me down.’

Campbell heard another anecdote from John MacNiven of Barrapol, who was not himself a seer but had experience of people who were:

'I was coming from Scarnish (Sgairinis) a few years ago, and had a horse and cart, and another man, John MacKinnon, Sandaig, with me. When about a quarter of a mile from Moss Church the dun mare stood, and would not move. After urging her on, I said-
'What can be wrong with her? She never refused to go on before.’
MacKinnon liften his head and looked out, took hold of the reins, and said, 'Let her stand a little.’ After three or four minutes he said, 'Drive her now.’
I said, 'Go on, Eillie.’ She started at once. I said, 'I never saw her stand so before.’
MacKinnon said, 'How could she go on and a funeral passing us?”

It was, of course, a phantom funeral seen or sensed by the horse and by MacKinnon, who must have had the 'sight’, but invisible to the other man. Such spectral processions have been reported in various parts of Britain, and were often interpreted as prognostications of funerals to come.“
- Westwood, J. & Kingshill, S. (2009). The Lore of Scotland: A Guide to Scottish Legends.