LIVINGSTON, SCOTLAND | 1979
On November 9, 1979, approximately between 10:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Taylor, who was at the time working for the Livingston Development Corporation, parked his pickup truck at the side of a road with the intention of examining the progress of some saplings in the forest. Being unable to access the forest by truck, Taylor and his dog made their way into the forest on foot along one of the forest paths that lead up the side of Dechmont Law. Upon entering a clearing approximately 500 metres away from his truck, Taylor saw what he described as a large domed object totally motionless and silent hovering above the forest floor.He estimated the object to be about 20 feet in diameter.
It had a ring or flange of some sort around it, which caused it to appear like a brim on a hat. Protruding from the outside of the UFO were stems pointing up, and topped with propellers. The object seemed to be constructed from a dark grey metallic material which appeared transparent in places. Taylor later described the surface of the object having rough texture similar to that of sandpaper and suggested that by having transparent areas on its surface, the object was attempting to camouflage itself with its surroundings.
Taylor began to approach the object and upon doing so two smaller spheres three feet in diameter, which looked to be made from the same material, appeared to drop from underneath the craft and began to roll towards him. Taylor described the smaller spheres as having appendages, making them similar to sea mines in appearance. As the small objects moved towards him, Taylor described them as making a “plopping” noise as the appendages made contact with the ground. The small spheres maneuvered around Taylor and by using their appendages, attached themselves to each side of his trousers, just underneath the pockets. Taylor said at this point, he heard a hissing noise coming from the small objects and he began to choke due to a strong acrid smell which he believes was being secreted by them. He described this smell as “burning automobile brake linings” which caused him to cough. By now, Taylor was aware he was being dragged by the smaller spheres along the ground towards the larger object. He eventually fell forwards onto his face and lost consciousness.
Taylor later regained consciousness and upon doing so discovered the object had disappeared. Taylor then discovered he had trouble attempting to speak and could not get to his feet. He then crawled 100 metres along the ground and managed to stagger the rest of the distance back to where he had parked his truck. On reaching the truck he attempted to call for help on the truck’s two way radio, but struggled due to his loss of voice. Taylor then attempted to get back home in the truck, but accidentally ditched it in soft earth while trying to drive in his condition. Due to his vehicle being stuck, Taylor walked the rest of the way back home.
He arrived around 11:45 AM. When his wife saw him, she was shocked. He had mud all over him, and his pants were torn. He began to tell her of his ordeal with the UFO. His wife urged him to call the police, but Taylor felt that they would only laugh at him. Instead, he called his job supervisor, Malcom Drummond. Drummond called a doctor, and he drove directly to Taylor’s house. He was so eager to hear Taylor’s story that he questioned him while he was in the tub. Drummond and Taylor both felt that there should be physical proof of the incident in the forest. Since the doctor was coming to check out Taylor, Drummond headed to the scene via Taylor’s instructions, but he could not find the right location.
While awaiting Drummond’s arrival, Taylor complained of a headache and kept saying that he had been “gassed”. Drummond and Taylor both attended the scene of the incident a short while later the same day and discovered strange indentations in the forest floor which Taylor stated had not been there earlier that morning. One set were described as looking like rungs in ladder, the other indentations which numbered forty in total were suspected to be the tracks left by the smaller objects. No scorch marks were seen on the forest floor. Staff of the Livingston Development Corporation later took photographs of the scene.
On the research regarding this incident we noticed that the craft/object witnessed by Taylor is being depicted spheroid in most of the available illustrations over the internet. We based our renderings on the drawing made by Taylor’s son-in-law shortly after the incident took place aided with the verbal description of Robert Taylor. Also, it is important to know that we did not find in the official reports made by Taylor indicating that the craft was completely a sphere.
In a recently produced documentary by the National Geographic Channel where this case was featured, new information has been revealed. In 2012, 30 years after the incident, David Hammond, Bob Taylor’s son-in-law and author of the famous UFO sketch that was used to described what Taylor saw that morning stated that he believe that the sketch he created may have mislead people whether the UFO had legs. Taylor described the object hovering over the forest floor but Hammond suggested that the UFO should have been resting on legs based on the “tread tracks” found on the ground by investigators.
Based on these findings, we decided to depict the craft in our renders without the “legs” . Still, the fact remains that those rectangular tracks on the ground seemed to be made by the object. There is no evidence to this day stating that these tracks were made from a man made machine. There were no matching equipment tracks on the region when police made their investigation. Neither found evidence that a machine was entering and/or leaving the area due to the lack of tracks on the surrounding area.