Found: July 1998.
Type: H5 (S3, W4)
Several small fragments were found by Rob Elliott whilst fishing at a reservoir. The largest single fragment was 1.1g, with a total known mass of 14.8g. Image courtesy of Rob Elliott.
In correspondence with Dr Martin Lee (July 2009), co-author of the abstract on weathering of the Glenrothes meteorite (see "Further reading" below), he stated "that the soil on the outer meteorite surface contained diatoms, indicative of fresh water, and was impregnated with Ni, which will almost certainly have been leached from the meteorite interior. That is pretty good evidence that the meteorite spent a fair amount of time in a wet soil.", "As you may know there is some debate in meteorite circles about the
provenance of finds, especially given the large numbers of North African
finds on the market, but all of our information from Glenrothes does
indicate that it is genuine.".
Fell: 5th April 1804.
After detonations a single 4.5kg stone was seen to fall, and broke into two pieces. Of the 4.5kg total known mass only ~318g is accounted for in the major institutional collections listed in the Catalogue of Meteorites (5th Edition, Grady), much of the rest is considered lost.
- High Possil and Strathmore - A study of two L6 chondrites (A.W.R. Bevan, R. Hutchison, A.J. Easton, G.P. Durant, C.M. Farrow. 1985) - Meteoritics (ISSN 0026-1114), vol. 20, Sept. 30, 1985 (Local PDF).
- The High Possil Meteorite - Webpage by Dr John Faithfull, Curator of rocks and minerals at the Hunterian Museum, Glasgow.
- Another Stone From The Clouds - The Philosophical Magazine - Volume 18, 1804. (Local copy: page 1, 2, 3, 4)
Fell: 12:30pm, 17th May 1830.
A stone approximately 18cm in diameter fell, although only two small fragments of mass 1.5g and 0.5g have been preserved.
General Further Reading:
Unless otherwise stated, information on this page was obtained from the Catalogue of Meteorites (5th Edition, Grady) and the Meteoritical Bulletin Database.
Fell: 1:15pm, 3rd December 1917.
Following a fireball four stones fell: Easter Essendy (10.1kg), Carsie (1.1kg), Keithick (1.1kg, pictured) and South Corston (1.0kg). Image of Keithick mass courtesy of Peter Davidson, NMS.