Events This Week in Scottish History

  20   January   1936   George V died at Sandringham.  
  20   January   1945  
6 HLI (Highland Light Infantry)  attack and capture Bocket during Operation Blackcock, the Battle for the Roer Triangle .  83 PW and an 88 mm were captured. This brought the PW captured to 16 Officers and 584 other ranks since the operation began.
  21   January   1940  
"HMS EXMOUTH" was sunk by a U-Boat in the Moray Firth with the loss of 189 lives.
  21   January   1945  
The Germans counter attacked Waldfeucht during Operation Blackcock, the Battle for the Roer Triangle . 3 Companies of 5 KOSB defended the village successfully and, and were relieved by 4 KOSB by dark. 7 Cameronians captured Selsten and 1 GLAS H (Glasgow Highlanders) captured Hontem and Frilinghoven. 6 Cameronians relieved 7 Cameronians who concentrated at  Bocket and 6 Cameronians occupied Braunsrath during the night and a German counter on Selsten was resisted. 
  22   January   1689  
William and Mary proclaimed joint sovereigns of Great Britain by the Convention Parliament.
  22   January   1777  
Joseph Hume, surgeon and later politician, was born in Montrose. He died in 1885.
  22   January   1945  
 5 HLI (Highland Light Infantry) captured Laffeld during Operation Blackcock the Battle for the Roer Triangle.
  23   January   1570  
Regent Moray shot dead by Hamilton of Bothwellhaugh at Linlithgow, initiating civil war.
  23   January   1945  
6 HLI (Highland Light Infantry) supported by the SRY (Sherwood Rangers)  occupy the Aphoven area  during Operation Blackcock the Battle for the Roer Triangle.
  24   January   1945  
7/9 RS ( Royal Scots) and 4 KOSB of 52nd Lowland Division, having entered Germany overnight, captured Heinsberg during Operation Blackcock Battle for the Roer Triangle.  Opposition was light and a counter attack was broken up. 180 PW were captured. Haaren was occupied by 7 Cameronians.  This completed the operation, 40 small towns and villages had been captured, 23 officers and 1,112 other ranks had been captured with a further 85 PW taken  through medical channels.  The evacuation of 700 German civilians which had begun during the operation continued. The 52nd Division had suffered 752 casualties, 4 officers were killed, 1 died of wounds, and 32 were wounded, 84 other ranks were killed, 12 died of wounds and 619 were wounded.
25 January 1759
Robert Burns, the National Bard, born.
  25   January   1817   The Scotsman first published.  
  26   January   1722  
 Very Rev Alexander Carlyle Minister of Inveresk and pioneer of the sunday school movement born the son of the local minister in Prestonpans, East Lothian. He was a witness to the Battle of Prestonpans in 1745 . He was educated at the University of Edinburgh, the University of Glasgow and University of Leiden.
26 January 1878 Kirkpatrick Macmillan, inventor of the bicycle, died.
  26   January       Australia Day"Scots played many key parts in the story of Australia. Scots were convicts, soldiers and governors; orphans, free settlers and gold hunters; bushrangers, merchants and immigrants."  
27 January 1783 The Glasgow Herald first published as the Glasgow Advertiser.  The Times was first published 2 years later in 1785 as the Daily Universal Register, the Dundee Courier 33 years later in 1816 and the Scotsman 34 years later in 1817.
  28   January   1582  
John Barclay, Scottish satirist and Latin poet born at Pont-à-Musson in Lorraine.
28 January 1829
William Burke, of Burke and Hare infamy, hanged in Edinburgh for the West Port Murders.

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