Events this week  in Scottish History

  16   April   1746  
Battle of Culloden. Fought on Drummossie Moor near Culloden House, not an English Scottish Battle as often portrayed but the last battle for the Jacobite (exiled House of Stuart) Cause, with Scots on both sides. No Regiment has this as a Battle Honour.
  16   April   1953  
HM The Queen launches the Royal Yacht "BRITANNIA" at the John Brown & Co Shipyard, Clydebank.
  17   April   1850   James Thom, the Ayrshire Sculptor, died in New York.
Ref: The Every Day Book Of History And Chronology: Embracing The Anniversaries Of Memorable Persons And Events In Every Period And State Of The World, From The Creation To The Present Time (1858) Munsell, Joel ISBN: 0548583358
  18    April   1916    
Wing Commander Harbourne Mackay Stephen CBE, DSO, DFC*, RAF retd, born in Elgin. As a Spitfire Pilot in the Battle of Britain he destroyed 20 enemy aircraft.
  19   April   1390  
 Robert II, son of  Robert the Bruce's daughter, Marjorie, died.
  20   April   1851  
Young Tom Morris, golfer, born, St Andrews.
  20   April   1918  
Mora Agnes Dickson, author and artist, and later founder with husband Alec of Voluntary Service Overseas, born in Glasgow.
Ref: International Who's Who of Authors and Writers 2004 By Elizabeth Sleeman, ISBN:1857431790


  21   April   1671  
John Law, economist, Scottish monetary reformer and originator of the “Mississippi scheme” for the development of French territories in America, baptised.
  21   April   1838  
John Muir, America's most famous and influential naturalist and conservationist, and founder of the Sierra Club, born in Dunbar, East Lothian.
  21   April   1926  
The future HM Queen Elizabeth born.
22 April 1765 Rev James Grahame, poet and clergyman, born in Glasgow.
23 April 1124  The Great Seal of Alexander I
Alexander I died at Stirling Castle.
23 April 1661
 Charles II crowned at Westminster Abbey.
23 April 1781
General James Abercromby (also Abercombie) commander-in-chief of British Forces in North America in the French and Indian War, died.
24 April 1558
Mary Queen of Scots married the French Dauphin, François de Valois, at Notre Dame in Paris.
24 April 1633
Privy Council issues a Warrant to Sir David Hepburn to raise a regiment of 1,200 men to fight in French Service. Hepburn's Regiment later became The Royal Scots, the oldest regiment in the British Army and served for 373 Years before being merged into the new Royal Regiment of Scotland in 2006.
24 April 1882
Air Chief Marshal Sir Hugh Dowding, Commander of Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain, born Moffat, Dumfries and Galloway.
25 April 1058
Malcolm Canmore  crowned at Scone.
25 April 1710
James Ferguson, astronomer, fellow of the Royal Society, born.
25 April 1915
ANZAC Day which commemorates the landing of Australian and New Zealand (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) troops at Ari Burnu on the Gallipoli peninsula in 1915 marking the emergence of the young nations on the world stage and establishing a reputation for courage and determination that stands to this day. The main British Landings were at Cape Helles and Sedd-El-Bahr. The Lancashire Fusiliers famously won "six VCs before breakfast" at W Beach on April 25, and lost 164 men that day.

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