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The UFO Phenomenon

Scottish UFO mystery still endures 40 years on

November 1, 2019 | Comment icon 20 comments

Taylor visiting the site of his UFO encounter. Image Credit: Archival / Edinburgh Evening News
A terrifying encounter with an unidentified flying object left one forestry worker shaken and covered in bruises.
The incident, which took place on November 9th, 1979 at Dechmont Law in Livingston, West Lothian, began when forestry worker Robert "Bob" Taylor unexpectedly stumbled upon a large spherical object in a forest clearing while out walking his dog.

Described by Taylor as a "flying dome", the object appeared to be hovering a few inches above the ground and its surface was made of "a dark metallic material with a rough texture like sandpaper."

Things soon took a rather sinister turn however when two small spheres with metallic spikes emerged, grabbed hold of his clothing and started dragging him across the grass.

It was at this point that Taylor fell unconscious, but when he awoke some hours later he found that his clothes were torn and that he had suffered a series of cuts and bruises all over his body.
He later reported his ordeal to the police who recorded it as an assault, however despite an extensive investigation no explanation for his experience was ever found.

Taylor sadly passed away in 2007 having never found out exactly what happened to him.

"This case stands head and shoulders above any other Scottish case and has the prestigious hallmark of being the only case officially investigated by the police and forensic science laboratories in Great Britain," said Malcolm Robinson who was one of the investigators involved in the case.

"Most, if not all, British UFO researchers would say that this one case provides the best evidence that something, not of this Earth, occurred in that lonely wood and which today, stands the test of time as being one of the biggest UFO cases in the annals of British UFOlogy."

Source: Daily Record | Comments (20)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #11 Posted by Vaz 2 years ago
Maybe it didn't.  There are a multitude of options, none of which involve the work of human beings.  Whom I might add possessed nothing like this back then and still don't to this day. You might of course agree with one skeptic who maintains it was nothing other than the planet Venus  Each to their own.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Hawken 2 years ago
A weather balloon fell on him. Or maybe swamp gas exploded and blew him into the brush.
Comment icon #13 Posted by stereologist 2 years ago
This has to be one of t he grand non-events along with the case of another woodsman named Travis Walton. There is nothing in this that isn't prosaic. Ripped trousers, a story, and some marks on the ground. Here is one person that thinks Taylor told a confused story.  
Comment icon #14 Posted by Vaz 2 years ago
Yes he was the one who claimed Venus if I recall.  As I said each to their own. A disappearing water tower is original though.
Comment icon #15 Posted by jessicaisparanoid 2 years ago
This is one of my all time favourite close encounter cases, If you you search Robert Taylor UFO on YouTube there is a little segment on the case including an interview with him. Alien Abduction Discord
Comment icon #16 Posted by Eldorado 2 years ago
Today at the BBC.... "The UFO sighting investigated by the police"
Comment icon #17 Posted by TrumanB 2 years ago
  A very interesting case. Explanation isn't very convincing to me. How to explain torn clothing and ripped trousers  for example. Or different marks. Did he have a history of epileptic attacs? A mirage of Venus? This reminds me of Virginha incident, a bunch of shady arguments. On the other hand, it is also hard to believe that UFO landed...but who knows. Also, it seems to me that police came to conclusion that fellow was attacked.
Comment icon #18 Posted by TrumanB 2 years ago
Here are people who think that marks were not made by pipes:  
Comment icon #19 Posted by I'mConvinced 2 years ago
Certainly an interesting case.  1. What would have been his potential motivation for producing such a hoax? Did he profit from this or use it to support an existing view? Not as far as I can see.  2. I have plenty of experience of epilepsy and seizures through a family member, I myself have had low glucose insulin induced fits which have rendered me unconscious. I have never heard of my cousin experienced any other kind of hallucinations during a seizure beyond sparkling white dots across his vision just before an episode occurs. I have never hallucinated during a fit either. Now to imagine ha... [More]
Comment icon #20 Posted by TrumanB 2 years ago
Just to mention that sceptics didn't call this a hoax, only hallucination by this man.

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