Scotland’s Catastrophic Comet Conspiracy
In 1945, one of Britain’s social and intellectual elite, William Comyns Beaumont, a hyper-eccentric catastrophist published the most bizarre conspiracy theory of all time in which “Plato's legendary Atlantis thrived in Scotland before being destroyed by a comet impact” and in “ancient times Scotland’s capital city Edinburgh was the real Jerusalem.”
William Comyns Beaumont, also known as Comyns Beaumont, (1873–1956). (Author provided)
Movies such as Armageddon and Deep Impact have engrained the concept of Earth being obliterated by rogue space rocks in the modern human psyche. But aside from being illustrated in medieval ecclesiastical art, before 1925 the thought of such cosmic catastrophes never really crossed people’s minds.
In 1925, Beaumont published The Riddle of the Earth in which he associated mass extinctions with cosmic impact catastrophes. As a scientific lecturer and respected journalist for the British newspaper the Daily Mail, he antagonized both the astronomical and geological institutions by claiming:
“a collection of bodies came from the direction of the present north-east, and fell mainly upon a certain position of the Northern Hemisphere, occasioned vast earthquakes, and deposited not only certain mountain ranges but also volcanoes, causing among other matters the sinking of some land and the uprising of others."
In 1946, he published a massive trilogy entitled The Riddle of Prehistoric Britain, the content of which was nothing short of “mind-blowing” at the time.
The Riddle of Prehistoric Britain, William Comyns Beaumont, 1946. ( twelvearound1)
According to Beaumont, Plato’s ancient account of the Atlantis disaster about 9000 years ago reported a comet collision with earth "beyond the Pillars of Hercules" in the year 1322 BC. He identified the southern part of present day Scotland as the epicentre and maintained the native Celts of Britain had colonized Europe, the Middle East, and South America and that all mythologies and religions were built around this catastrophic double-comet impact and resulting floods.
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Fueled by underlying British Israeli tendencies, Beaumont's trilogy breathlessly blended early history, mythology, geology, and ancient astronomical records crafting an entirely revised history of the world, complete with its own complex cosmology.
Convinced Atlantis was Britain he proclaimed that prior to 584 BC Caledonia (Scotland) was the original holy land and asked his readers to visualize groups of survivors migrating southwards from Atlantis and founding colonies named after their homeland districts of Israel, Egypt, and Greece - which to him were all originally located in Britain.
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Beaumont searched maps of Scotland, Ireland, England, and Scandinavia for place names which sounded loosely Biblical. He then selected elements from myths which reflected the stories of the gods and heroes of ancient Israel, Babylonia, and Greece, and concluded these cultures must have existed in Britain.
The Faroe Islands were originally the 'Pharaoh's Islands' and the ancient Greek's Mount Olympus, the throne of the gods, was actually Ben Nevis - Scotland’s Highest mountain. Ur of the Chaldees was located near the Stones of Stenness in the Orkneys and in England; York was Babylon, Lincoln was Antioch and London was Damascus. He claimed the survivors of Atlantis ventured southwest founding nations after their home-lands in Scotland.
Beaumont’s reinterpretation of the Holy Land situated the original Biblical locations in Britain. (Author provided)
Plato’s account of the destruction of Atlantis and the Biblical flood were one and the same event to Beaumont, and he shamelessly transplanted Biblical characters and events from the Middle East to Britain. Abraham became a former Atlantean who migrated to and settled near the Avebury Stone Circle in England, which Beaumont identified as “Mizpah, Thebes, the dragon’s teeth sown by Cadmus, an astronomical temple to Saturn and the image of a destructive comet.”
Reconstruction of Avebury Stone Circle, Wiltshire, England. ( Author provided)
Having found several old descriptions and maps of religious buildings and landscape features in and around Jerusalem, Beaumont discovered that they matched the geography of Edinburgh in Scotland “ far better” than the city in Palestine. The Dung Gate in Edinburgh was the King’s Stables Gate in Jerusalem and Edinburgh Castle, on an impregnable rock of three precipitous sides, was the Citadel. Both cities had streets called Water Gate and The Mount of Olives was actually Arthur’s Seat - a hill outside of Edinburgh. St. Giles Cathedral on Edinburgh's Royal Mile was once the location of Solomon’s Temple and Edinburgh's port of Joppa shared the same name as the ancient port in Jerusalem.
In the second and third parts of his trilogy Beaumont closely identified the geography of Somerset with that of the Holy Land. Glastonbury was Bethel, the birthplace of Christianity and the location of the ancient Garden of Eden. Glastonbury Tor hill was formerly known as Mount Tabor, and it was to here that Joseph of Arimathea sailed from Jerusalem (Edinburgh).