Mother Shipton’s Final Prophecy

Mother Shipton’s Last Prophecy and Nostradamus’ King Of Terror – A comparative study.

This document analyses Mother Shipton prophecies (the so called Last Prophecies) and draws some parallels with the King Of Terror Quatrain X.72 prediction.

Some question the authenticity of these verses. They were published in Nexus magazine 1995. The source claimed that thirty years ago she had painstakingly transcribed them and managed to smuggle them out of the Mitchell Library, Sydney (now the State Library of New South Wales). The originals were kept in a locked room, along with many other volumes of prophetic writings deemed unsuitable for viewing by the general public. Nexus comment that this was the first time they believed the translation was made available to the public. However, my copy of Charles Berlitz ‘Doomsday 1999’ published in 1981 has the second paragraph of the Last Prophecy. Some claim the verses were forged by Charles Hindley in 1881, but even if so the events described seem remarkably accurate.

see  for more about Mother Shipton and the full set of prophecies.


“In nineteen hundred and twenty-six
build houses light of straw and sticks.
For then shall mighty wars be planned
and fire and swords shall sweep the land.”

A straightforward start. 1926 and the build up to the Second World war – note the reference to wars ‘planned’. Hitler’s failed uprising (putsch) of 1924 led to a short period of imprisonment where he wrote Mein Kampf. After his release he proceeded to rebuild his party in 1925.


“When pictures seem alive with movements free,
when boats like fishes swim beneath the sea.
When men like birds shall scour the sky.
Then half the world, deep drenched in blood shall die.”

Evidently lines 1 to 3 describe the wonders of television, submarines and airplane travel. The former, of course, only becoming widespread in the second half of the twentieth century. These achievements are then indicators for an event which will come to pass – described in gory terms in line 4.

“For those who live the century through
in fear and trembling this shall do.
Flee to the mountains and the dens
to bog and forest and wild fens.”

In lines 1 and 2 Mother Shipton is saying the event will occur BEFORE the end of the century, and this will lead to great fear and trembling. If the prediction is accurate then, something must occur this year. Is there a connection with Nostradamus’ 1999 prediction?

“For storms will rage and oceans roar
when Gabriel stands on sea and shore,
and as he blows his wondrous horn
old worlds die and new be born.”

A reference to Revelations perhaps? Recall what occurs when the second angel sounds his trumpet [Rev 8:8-9].

“A fiery dragon will cross the sky
six times before the earth shall die.
Mankind will tremble and frightened be
for the six heralds in this prophecy.”

Line 1: fiery dragon – clearly a poetic description of a comet.
In line 2 she seems to contradict herself by discussing the death of the earth. It must be a figure of speech, since in the previous paragraph, she talks of ‘new worlds being born’ – perhaps a ‘cyclic’ death then. Is the mention of six comets a literal number? This may refer to the passing of the most famous periodic comet: Halleys comet (orbital cycle approximately 76 years). Mother Shipton died in 1561, with the comet passing in 1530 during her lifetime.

It has returned six times since:

  • 1606
  • 1682
  • 1758
  • 1834
  • 1910
  • 1986 – Most recent passing of Halley’s

Or perhaps she refers to the number of so called Great Comets that will be seen in the 20th century (or after 1926)? This is difficult to judge – one astronomical site reckons Hale Bopp as the 8th of the century, although a list is lacking. What is certain is that two of the Greatest comets (and brightest) in the 20th century appeared in 1996 and then in 1997 after a period of relative inactivity (Halleys comet was disappointing in 1985) following Comet west in 1976.

  • Halleys comet 1985
  • Hyakutake     1996
  • Hale Bopp     1997

Also, would Shoemaker-Levy9 be counted? Probably not, since it was not bright from the earth. In any case, the important point is given in line 4: a comet will herald in the prophecy and again notice the fear of mankind!


“For seven days and seven nights
man will watch this awesome sight.
The tides will rise beyond their ken.
To bite away the shores and then
the mountains will begin to roar
and earthquakes split the plain to shore.”

Line 1-2: So we have a comet which appears to put on a celestial show for 7 days. An amazing correspondence with quatrain II.41 (‘The great star will burn for seven days and the cloud will make the sun appear double’).
Line 3-6: Flooding, earthquakes and disaster. Agrees with many quatrains presented in 1999 FAQ.


“And flooding waters rushing in,
will flood the lands with such a din
that mankind cowers in muddy fen
and snarls about his fellow men.”

Line 1:2 The close passage causes tidal waves and flooding (effects of secondary body/ bodies?)

“He bares his teeth and fights and kills
and secrets food in secret hill
and ugly in his fear, he lies
to kill marauders, thieves and spies.”
“Man flees in terror from the floods
and kills, and rapes and lies in blood
and spilling blood by mankind’s hand
will stain and bitter many lands.”

These verses would seem to describe the resulting barbarity and warfare.

“And when the dragon’s tail is gone
man forgets and smiles and carries on.
To apply himself – too late, too late
for mankind has earned deserved fate.”

A verse which seems to indicate a period of time passing. Once the troubles described in the preceeding verses are resolved (after years, decades or even centuries?) civilisation is rebuilt. But it appears man has not learnt his lesson:

“His masked smile, his false grandeur,
will serve the gods their anger stir
and they will send the dragon back
to light the sky – his tail will crack.
Upon the earth and rend the earth
and man shall flee, king, lord and serf.”

The comet returns…

“But slowly they are routed out
to seek diminishing water spout
and men will die of thirst before
the oceans rise to mount to the shore.
And lands will crack and rend anew
do you think it strange, it will come true.”

Here we see the lack of fresh water described as one of the main problems. Again we have tsunami and earthquake described.

“And in some far – off distant land
some men – oh such a tiny band
will have to leave their solid mount
and span the earth, those few to count.”

Some survivors seem to have the technology to live for a time in safety…

“Who survives this (unreadable) and then
begin the human race again.
But not on land already there,
but on ocean beds, stark, dry and bare.”

This seems to indicate the rising of new lands from the ocean…


“Not every soul on earth will die,
as the dragon’s tail goes sweeping by,
not every land on earth will sink,
but these will wallow in stench and stink,
of rotting bodies of beast and man,
of vegetation crisped on land.”
“But the land that rises from the sea
will be dry and clean and soft and free.
Of mankinds dirt and therefore be,
the source of man’s new dynasty.
and those that live will ever fear
the dragon’s tail for many year
but time erases memory
You think it strange. but it will be.”

The verse confirms the source of the new land.

“And before the race is built anew,
a silver serpent comes to view
and spew out men of like unknown
to mingle with the earth now grown
cold from its heat and these men can
enlighten the minds of future man
to intermingle and show them how
to live and love and thus endow.
the children with the second sight.
a natural thing so that they might
grow graceful, humble and when they do
the golden age will start anew.”

Seemingly a description of interaction between mankind and alien visitors, who bring the knowledge of new mental and spiritual technologies.

“The dragon’s tail is but a sign
for mankind’s fall and man’s decline.
and before this prophecy is done
I shall be burned at the stake, at l
My body cinged and my soul set free
You think I utter blastphemy
your wrong. These things have come to me
this prophecy will come to be.”

This section was kept apart from the other and it appears to have been written together yet was in a separate jar.

What is the timeline in this case? It would appear to run in parallel…

“The signs will be there for all to read
When man shall do most heinous deed
Man will ruin kinder lives
By taking them as to their wives.”
“And murder foul and brutal deed
When man will only think of greed.
And man shall walk as if asleep
He does not look – he many not peep
And iron men the tail shall do
And iron cart and carriage too.”

A general description of man’s inhumanity. Note the description of iron ‘cart and carriage’ though – dates the prediction to the 20th century.

“The kings shall false promise make
And talk just for talkings sake
And nations plan horrific war
The like as never seen before
And taxes rise and lively down
And nations wear perpetual frown.”

Line 3/4 is the most telling – nuclear warfare?

“Yet greater sign there be to see
As man nears latter century
Three sleeping mountains gather breath
And spew out mud, and ice and death.
And earthquakes swallow town and town,
In lands as yet to me unknown.”

Line 2: Seems to indicate a similar time period to the century described in the previous sequence. Now she details some signs:

Line 3/4: Three volcanoes are described. Since the previous verses describe just before the end of the 20th century it would seem useful to examine (say) the 90’s for volcanic activity.


1997 Monserrat

1996 and 1998 Grimsvotn

Note the reference to ice. The Grímsvötn subglacial volcano (Vatnajökull ice cap in Central Iceland) eruption penetrated through the Grímvötn subglacial caldera lake and its ice shelf in 1998.  On the initial day of the eruption, a continuous eruption plume extended to elevation of 10 km. On that day, the eruption plume could be seen from large distances. The eruption occurred 10 km south of the 1996 eruption in Vatnajökull  that caused a catastrophic outburst flood from the Vatnajökull glacier.

1999 Etna?

Scientists estimate a major eruption of Etna is imminent – probably within 6 months or less (the last major eruption was in 1928 when two villages were almost completely buried by a flow of lava).

Line 5/6 – massive earthquake are also predicted.


“And christian one fights christian two
And nations sigh, yet nothing do
And yellow men great power gain
From mighty bear with whom they’ve lain.”

Line 1: could describe many conflicts in the 20th century, where religious motivation has not been such a key factor in wars (e.g. 2nd world war or most recently in Kosovo).

Line 3/4: More recently, the strategic postioning between Russia and China.

“These mighty tyrants will fail to do
They fail to split the world in two.
But from their acts a danger bred
An ague – leaving many dead.
And physics find no remedy
For this is worse than leprosy.”

Lines 3-6 seem to indicate biological/ nuclear weaponry.

“Oh many signs for all to see
The truth of this true prophecy.”

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