An account of the 1779 fall of the Pettiswood meteorite appeared in the Gentleman’s Magazine in 1796. Shown here is an earlier edition of this publication from 1759 Image: Wikipedia

Type – Stone (unclassified)

Fell 1779

Location – Pettiswood, County Westmeath, Ireland

Total weight – unrecorded

Circumstances – An account by a Mr W. Bingley published in The Gentleman’s Magazine in 1796 says that this fall was witnessed by 5 people. It apparently landed on the wooden part of a horse harness and broke into 3 pieces. The horse then fell to the ground and the 2 farm labourers present collected the fragments and gave them to Mr Bingley. None of this meteorite is now preserved.

Information compiled by BIMS