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It happened this month in Scotland...

  • 1. (1918) Birth of novelist Muriel Spark, most well-known of whose works is The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.
  • 2. (1987) Author of, among other works, Where Eagles Dare, Alastair MacLean, died.
  • 4. (1685) King Charles II died and James VII crowned.
  • 5. (1846) John Boyd Dunlop, who patented the first usable pneumatic tyre, was born in Ayrshire.
  • 6. (1665) Queen Anne, last of Stuart monarchs, was born. She was survived by none of her seventeen children.
  • 7. (1603) Battle of Glenfruin, when the MacGregors killed a number of Colquhouns.
  • 8. (1587) Mary Queen of Scots beheaded at Fotheringay Castle. She was forty-four and had been in prison for most of the previous twenty years.
  • 9. (1739) Publication of the first edition of Scots Magazine.
  • 10. (1567) Henry Lord Darnley was murdered in Kirk O’Field.
    (1912) Death of Joseph Lister, pioneer of antiseptic and surgery.
  • 11. (1940) Author John Buchan died in Canada.
  • 12. (1624) George Heriot, goldsmith to King James VI and founder of Heriot’s School in Edinburgh, died.
  • 13. (1692) Massacre of thirty-eight members of the Clan Macdonald at Glencoe.
  • 14. (1876) Alexander Graham Bell patented the telephone.
  • 15. (1971) Decimal currency introduced in the UK.
  • 16. (1954) Scottish author Iain Banks was born in Dunfermline, Fife.
  • 17. (1688) James Renwick, last Covenanter martyr, hanged.
  • 19. (1972) Death of John Grierson, pioneer of “documentary” films.
  • 20. (1951) Birth of ex Prime Minister, Gordon Brown.
  • 21. (1945) Eric Liddell, winner of 400 metres at the 1924 Olympics, died in a Japanese camp in China.
  • 22. (1371) King Robert II crowned.
  • 23. (1303) Battle of Rosslyn – eight thousand strong Scottish army defeated an English army nearly four times greater.
  • 24. (1923) LNER put the Flying Scotsman into service. It was the first steam train to reach 100 mph.
  • 25. (1412) Bishop Henry Wardlaw established St. Andrews as a university.
  • 26. (1950) Sir Harry Lauder, entertainer and songwriter, died.
  • 27. (1545) Battle of Ancrum Moor – the Scots defeated much larger English forces.
  • 28. (1873) Reverend Thomas Guthrei, founder of the Ragged Schools, died.
  • 29. (1528) Patrick Hamilton, regard as the first Protestant martyr, was burned in St. Andrews, for heresy.



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