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It happened this month in Scotland...

  • 1. (1782) Repeal of Proscription Act, which had forbade the wearing of tartan and carrying of weapons (as a result of the 1745 uprising).
  • 2. (1971) Opening of Erskine Bridge over the River Clyde.
  • 3. (1728) Scottish architect, Robert Adam, born.
  • 3. (1928) John Logie Baird transmitted first colour television.
  • 3. (1883) S.S. Daphne capsized and sank at her launch on the Clyde, claiming the lives of 195 workmen.
  • 4. (1892) James Keir Hardie became the first socialist to win a seat in the UK parliament.
  • 5. (1847) Final run of Edinburgh to London mail coach.
  • 6. (1988) Huge explosion at the north sea Piper Alpha oil platform claimed 167 lives.
  • 7. (1814) Publication of Sir Walter Scott’s first novel, Waverley.
  • 8. (1647) Frances Stuart, who was to become mistress of Charles II, and model for Britannia, born.
  • 9. (1911) Birth of Simon Fraser, Lord Lovat, chief of Clan Fraser and Second World War hero, instrumental in forming Commandos.
  • 10. (1451) King James III born at Stirling.
  • 11. (1274) Robert the Bruce was born, at Turnberry Castle, Ayrshire.
  • 11. (1924) Eric Liddell won Olympic 400 metres spring in Paris.
  • 12. (1698) Small fleet of five ships left Leith for Panama on their ill-fated Darien adventure.
  • 13. (1249) Alexander III crowned at Scone.
  • 14. (1927) Scottish National War Memorial opened.
  • 15. (1914) Gavin Maxwell, Scottish novelist and naturalist, author of Ring of Bright Water, born.
  • 16. (1832) Loss of thirty-one Shetland boats and their 105 crewmen.
  • 17. (1652) Great fire of Glasgow destroyed almost a third of the city.
  • 18. (1948) Birth of Jim Watt, Scottish boxer – World Lightweight Champion between 1979 and 1981.
  • 19. (1896) Scottish novelist A.J. Cronin born, best remembered for his Dr. Finlay’s Casebook.
  • 20. (1651) Battle of Inverkeithing – Royalists failed to halt advancing Cromwellian army.
  • 21. (1796) Robert Burns died aged thirty-seven, at Dumfries.
  • 22. (1913) Edinburgh Zoo opened for the first time.
  • 23. (1745) Charles Edward Stuart land on Eriskay.
  • 24. (1567) Mary Queen of Scots was forced to abdicate the throne.
  • 25. (1394) King James I was born.
  • 26. (1513) James IV declared war on England. The Scots suffered greatest military defeat at Flodden in September, when James was killed.
  • 27. (1913) John Cairncross was born. He became the fifth man in the spy ring comprising Philby, Burgess, Maclean and Blunt.
  • 28. (1645) Royalist Marquis of Montrose won a skirmish at Dunkeld, which was part of the English Civil War.
  • 29. (1565) Mary Queen of Scots married Lord Darnley.
  • 30. (1938) First edition of the Beano published.
  • 31. (1965) TV advertising of cigarettes banned in Britain.



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