UFO Conjectures

Monday, May 21, 2007

The (In)famous Scoriton Mystery

A man named E. Arthur Bryant reported a UFO sighting for April 24th, 1965 in Scoriton, England, the County of Devon, near Dartmoor.

Mr. Bryant also noted, in letters to the Exeter Astronomical Society, other sightings.

What is fascinating about the Bryant incident is his alleged contact with beings in that “flying saucer” – one of whom referred top himself as Yamski, apparently a reincarnation of George Adamski who had died only hours before (April 23rd, 1965).

The whole, intriguing affair was covered in a book by British UFO investigator Eileen Buckle, The Scoriton Mystery, and a booklet by Norman Oliver, Sequel to Scoriton.

Bryant provided “technical gear” (supposedly pieces of Thomas Mantell’s airplane crash from Mantell’s UFO encounter on January 7th, 1948 over Kentucky) and avid descriptions of the interiors of the crafts and the beings therein.


He also divulged information that was only privy, allegedly, to George Adamski and supplied to him (Bryant) by Yamski and his saucerian colleagues.

Norman Oliver, initially a believer in the Bryant encounter, ended up discounting the whole affair as a hoax, with some Machiavellian elements.

Ms. Buckle continued to believe Arthur Bryant and even got an assertion of truth from him as he lay dying in hospital, June 24th, 1967.

(The Bryant/Yamski mystery was confounded by a brouhaha between Ms. Buckle and Mr. Oliver, which became confusingly tendentious.)

Like all UFO incidents, the Bryant story is filled with interesting, but strange details; some provable as erroneous and others not so easily dismissed.

Ms. Buckle’s book is still available, but at premium prices, and Mr. Norman’s 44 page sequel might still be around (we have a copy), and available through some British UFO groups. (You might try UFOreview.net to see if Stuart Miller can provide a copy.)

We’ll have more about the Bryant “encounter” as it antedates the Michalak/Falcon Lake of 1967. (Was Michalak’s flying disk the same one as Bryant’’s – there are similarities – or did Michalak borrow his tale from the Buckle book?)

Meanwhile, Adamski devotees should find the Bryant “contact” thought-provoking.