The Loch Ness Monster
Nessie – the most legendary creature in Scotland’s history! She made her first appearance in 7th century where she was spotted by St Columba, when he saw a man being buried after having been “mauled by a water-beast”. He ordered one of his monks to swim to the opposite bank to fetch a boat there, but as his monk dived in, his splashing aroused the beast from the depths of the loch. St Columba calmly made the sign of the cross and the monster fled.
Reports of the Nessie sprung up again in May 1933, hit national press shortly after, with the infamous colonel’s photograph appearing the following year. The description matched discoveries of sea serpents in the early 1930s. Later tales in the 19th century tell of a Kelpie that roamed the loch and River Ness. This lead to some suggestions that the Loch Ness monster may in fact be a kelpie – although they are quite different in nature.