On November 9, 1979, approximately between 10:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Robert Taylor, who was at the time working for the Livingston Development Corporation, parked his pickup truck at the side of a road just off the M8 motorway 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, circular object, spheroid in shape and approximately twenty feet (six metres) in diameter hovering above the forest floor. The object had a narrow rim running along its circumference with stems topped with propellers and the surface of the object seemed to be constructed from a dark metallic material which appeared transparent in places.
Steuart Campbell is a science writer and the author of four books and over 130 articles on diverse subjects, mainly investigations of one sort or another, and very many letters to the press. He is a member of the Astronomical Society of Edinburgh and the National Secular Society; he subscribes to The Freethinker and The Skeptic and co-authored an article on Patrick Moore in a recent edition of The Skeptic magazine.