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The De’il’s Plantin – reloaded

I spent a few hours this afternoon revisiting my Google Earth placemark of the Glasgow Network of Aligned Sites. When I originally started plotting Harry Bell’s sites I had a lot of difficulty due to the low resolution photo coverage in Google Earth at the time. This resulted in a degree of confusion, particularly in the Castlemilk and Carmunnock areas, where sites were misplaced and a couple of alignments omitted completely as I just couldn’t pin things down accurately enough. However, the photographic coverage has improved immensely in the last year or two, and so I managed to resolve my difficulties and have now finished mapping out the entire network:

In the process I’ve also updated a lot of links, including the one to the GNAS home page, which has moved web hosts once again. Sadly, it doesn’t seem to include the extra pages relating to Harry’s older work Forgotten Footsteps, for which I also produced a Google Earth placemark file. I’ve moved that to a separate post to make the maps less of a strain to load in a single page.

I did find some of those pages in an Internet Archive, but I hope they don’t get lost completely as there is some valuable information to be found in them.

You can download the Google Earth placemark for Glasgow’s Secret Geometry by clicking here ( or right-click and select ‘save as’).

Grahame Gardner is a professional dowser and geomancer specialising in house-healing work involving geopathic and technopathic stress, and the creation of sacred spaces. He is listed on the Professional Register of the British Society of Dowsers, and served as President of the Society from 2008-2014. He is also a founder member of The Geomancy Group. This article is from his personal blog Western Geomancy.

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7 comments to The De’il’s Plantin – reloaded

  • […] the Cochno Stone goes back some decades to when I first learned about it in Harry Bell’s book ‘Glasgow’s Secret Geometry’, where he had placed Cochno in alignment with far-distant Tinto Hill and several other sites […]

  • […] of 38 sectors; a theory that captivated amateur researcher Harry Bell when he was mapping out his Glasgow Network of Aligned Sites for his cult book ‘Glasgow’s Secret Geometry’ in the early […]

  • I have recently figured out ‘the secret’ and May confirmed that I am the first person to suss it. But she’s sworn me to secrecy. 🙂

  • Lanark McVie

    I’m so glad that someone else couldn’t figure it! I’m pretty good with maps, geometry and stuff and “The Secret” is shown at 7 o’clock (ish) and is as equidistant from Camphill as Tinto is at 4 o’clock (ish). The “Secret” at 7 o’clock (ish) would be some 29 miles SSW (approx) of Camphill. This leaves it lying wet somewhere off the shore near Prestwick and certainly not a “sight line” from Camphill….. If the distance was extended to 34.5 miles it could be the geographical feature of Heads of Ayr or the slightly nearer (33 miles) Greenan Castle (with its mooted “Arthurian Connection”)! A genteel request to May generated zilch.
    Methinks some liberties were taken with scale and directions for ease of display on May’s Devil’s Plantation! Who knows… mibee Feb 23rd will reveal all?

    • Well, I did wonder if ‘the secret’ was Ailsa Craig, as this would fit with general ley theory (particularly David Cowan’s work). That might just fit with your calculations?
      There are a couple of things on May’s map that are not expounded in Harry’s original work, and this is one of them; I do wonder where they came from.
      Sadly, I can’t make the movie premiere, so keep us updated if there are any revelations!

  • Lanark McVie

    I greatly enjoyed The Devil’s Plantation… but despite much Google Map overlaying and triangulation I could never really suss out what the final “secret” was. At first I’d figured mibbe Loudoun Hill or somewhere. May’s geometry on the final “unwind” on the site 9which connected everything up) was captured on screenshots and painstakingly placed over extant maps. The geometry of the clockface didn’t really equate regarding the distance (Tinto at 4 and The Secret at 7). It put the secret in the sea (where no island was).

    Still great fun though. This map of yours is great. Cheers!

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