Events this week  in Scottish History

  13   April   1951  
The Stone taken from the Coronation chair in 1950 by Scottish Students was returned to Westminster, after having been found at Arbroath Abbey.
  13   April   1912  
King George V signed a Royal Warrant establishing the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) on 13th April 1912. The first Officer Commanding the RFC was General David Y Henderson (born Glasgow 11th August 1862), who took the Corps to France in 1914. 2012 marked the centenary of the founding of the Corps.
  14   April   1582  
Charter granted by James VI which would lead to the foundation of University of Edinburgh in 1583
  15   April   1641  
Sir Robert Sibbald, physician and geographer, born.
  15   April   1710  
William Cullen, physician, chemist and metallurgist, born.
  15   April   1714  
Adam Gib, Secessionist minister, born. (Other sources note 7th or 14th April but this is from his memorial at Greyfriars Churchyard)
  15   April   1746  
The Battle of Littleferry/Bonar Bridge/Skirmish at Golspie near Dunrobin, the Jacobite Earl of Cromartie's Regiment defeated by Sutherland Militia loyal to the Government.
  15   April   1865   Poet Walter Wingate born in Dalry, Ayrshire, author of "Sair Finger" and "Paper Kate".
  15   April   1877   Sir David Ross, philosopher, born in Thurso, Caithness.  
  16   April   1728  
Joseph Black MD born.  He was the first to identify CO
2, laying the foundation of modern chemistry.
  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.
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