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URECAT - UFO Related Entities Catalog

URECAT is a formal catalog of UFO related entities sightings reports with the goal of providing quality information for accurate studies of the topic. Additional information, corrections and reviews are welcome at patrick.gross@inbox.com, please state if you wish to be credited for your contribution or not. The main page of the URECAT catalog is here.

1909, AVOCH, ROSS AND CROMARTY, U-K., TWIN BOYS:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

Fairy books author Janet Bord apparently reported in 1997 that in the manor of Rosehaugh House, in Avoch, Black Isle, Scotland, U-K, in 1909, at night, nine-year-old twin boys, sons of the gamekeeper, played alone as house personal was reduced and the owners weren't there.

It is claimed they saw two little men as they climbed the main staircase. The little men were going downstairs, they walked straight past the boys, and went into the hall below.

It is claimed these men were about 18 inches tall, they wore loose tunics and small pointed hats, they had gray hair and beards.

Also, "some time later" a "strange bootlace" was found, a leather strip with no metal fasteners.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-001496
Date of event: 1909
Earliest report of event: 1997?
Delay of report: 9 decades?
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: Fairy book Janet Bord
First certain record by: Ufology catalogue Rosales.
First alleged record type: Fairy book.
First certain record type: Ufology catalogue.
This file created on: April 1, 2013
This file last updated on: April 1, 2013
Country of event: U-K.
State/Department: Ross and Cromarty
Type of location: Manor's staircase.
Lighting conditions: Not reported.
UFO observed: No
UFO arrival observed: N/A
UFO departure observed: N/A
UFO/Entity Relation: None
Witnesses numbers: 1 or 2
Witnesses ages: 9
Witnesses types: Not reported. Twin boys, gamekeeper's sons.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 2
Type of entities: Little men
Entities height: 0.45 meters
Entities outfit type: Loose tunics, small pointed hats.
Entities outfit color: Not reported.
Entities skin color: Not reported.
Entities body: Not reported. Little men.
Entities head: Not reported.
Entities eyes: Not reported.
Entities mouth: Not reported.
Entities nose: Not reported.
Entities feet: Not reported.
Entities arms: Not reported.
Entities fingers: Not reported.
Entities fingers number: Not reported.
Entities hair: Grey hair, beard.
Entities voice: None reported.
Entities actions: Went down a manor's staircase.
Entities/witness interactions: None.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed.
Witness(es) feelings: Not reported.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Possible invention or tall-tale, not UFO-related.
Explanation certainty: High.

Narratives:

[Ref. sd1:] "SCOTTISH DAILY RECORD AND SUNDAY" NEWSPAPER:

The newspaper said that in the Black Isle, in 1909, 9-year-old twin boys playing in Rosehaugh House near Avoch saw two 18 inches men passing them on the staircase.

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates that in Avoch, Black Isle, Scotland, in 1909 at night "A pair of nine-year old twin boys, playing alone in Rosehaugh House saw two little men as they climbed the main staircase. The little men were coming downstairs, and walked straight past the boys, disappearing into the hall below. The men were about eighteen inches tall; they wore loose tunics and small pointed hats. They had gray hair and beards. Some time later a strange bootlace was found. It was a leather strip with no metal fasteners."

Albert Rosales indicates that the source is "Janet Bord, Faeries, Real Encounters with The Little People".

Points to consider:

Below, an old postcard showing Rosehaugh House, a privately-owned manor in late Victorian style, demolished in 1959:

A colleague ufologist who took notes from [jb1] told me as I wrote this case file that it happened as the owners of the house were abroad, when there was a skeleton staff on duty in the mansion, the twins were the gamekeeper's sons who were allowed to play in the house, and the encounter occurred in the grand staircase.

Beyond the question of the credibility of the story, which is null, one may wonder why this had to be included in a ufology catalog.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe April 1, 2013 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Primary source not available. Help needed. Opened.
2 Ufology Severe April 1, 2013 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Very short information. Help needed. Opened.
3 Ufology Severe April 1 2013 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Witnesses are twin young boys. Help needed. Opened.
4 Ufology Severe April 1, 2013 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Nature and origin of report unknown: rumor, newspaper...? Help needed. Opened.
5 Ufology Severe April 1, 2013 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross No sign of investigation or checking. Help needed. Opened.
6 Ufology Severe April 1, 2013 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Missing basic data, date, when reported, to whom... Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

Possible invention or tall-tale, not UFO-related.

Sources references:

* = Source I checked.
? = Source I am told about but could not check yet. Help appreciated.

Document history:

Authoring

Main Author: Patrick Gross
Contributors: None
Reviewers: None
Editor: Patrick Gross

Changes history

Version: Created/Changed By: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross April 1, 2013 Creation, [sd1], [jb1], [ar1].
1.0 Patrick Gross April 1, 2013 First published.

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