Events This Week in Scottish History

  25   March   1306  
Robert the Bruce, Earl of Annandale, crowned King of Scots at Scone in the presence the Bishops of St Andrews, Glasgow and Moray and the Abbot of Scone, and the Earls of  Atholl, Lennox and Menteith by the Countess of Buchan as representative of the Clan MacDuff.
  25   March   1437  
Coronation of  James II.
  25   March   1707   The Scottish Parliament adjourned, and met again on 12th May 1999.  
  26   March   1797  
James Hutton, father of Geology, died.
  27   March   1371  
 Robert II crowned at Scone.
  27   March   1625  
James VI died in his 59th year, the Stuart Monarch who united the Kingdoms of England and Scotland, he returned only once to his native land after acceding to the English Throne.  He became known as the "Wisest fool in Christendom.  Among his many achievements was the "Authorised Version" of the Bible, the first freely available in English, and still used today.
  27   March   1943   "HMS DASHER" exploded in the Clyde during a training exercise with the loss of 379 lives.  
  28   March   1633  
A Royal Warrant issued at Whitehall to raise Scotland's first Infantry Regiment, The Royal Scots (The Royal Regiment), 1st Regiment of Foot, and served with distinction for 373 years.
 The Regiment was merged into the new Royal Regiment of Scotland this day in 2006 as "1 Scots", and were joined on 1st August  by The King's Own Scottish Borderers to become the "Royal Scots Borderers" Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland.
29 March 1828 William Drummond, 4th Logiealmond, Privy Counsellor in Rome and Minister to the King of Sicily, died in Rome.
30 March 1296
Edward I of England sacked the Scottish town of Berwick and his army slaughtered its inhabitants.  It was re-built by the Northumbrians changing hands a further twelve times up to 1482, and  has been English ever since.  In 2008 the town voted unofficially to be returned to Scotland, a move which was also debated in the Scottish Parliament.
30 March 1406
James I captured by the English on his way to France.
  31   March   1652

Honours of Scotland saved from Cromwell's forces at Dunnottar Castle by Mrs Grainger, the Minister's wife from Kinneff.

  1   April   1820   Placards which would start the Radical War of 1820, otherwise known as the Scottish Insurrection, were displayed in Glasgow.
  1   April       "April Fool's" day used to be known as "Hunt the Gowk" (a gowk is a cuckoo). Lost in antiquity some suggest origins in 16th century in France, when the new year was changed from 1 April to 1 January, and mocks those slow on the uptake of the change. In France the day's symbol is a fish.
  2   April   1593   A charter to found The  College of New Aberdeen, later Marischal College was issued by George Keith, the Fifth Earl Marischal of Scotland.  
  2   April       "Preen-Tail Day" or "Tailie Day" following All Fool's Day when paper tails were attached to the backs of unsuspecting people as a joke.

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Updated 26/03/2017