Events this week  in Scottish History

  6   March   1457   In a resolution of the 14th Parliament of James II, convened in Edinburgh, the games of football and golf were banned in favour of archery practice.  It stated "..that the fut ball and golf be utterly cryit doun and nocht usit."
  6   March   1836

The Battle  of the Alamo,1836, There were four Scots born,  Richard W Ballentine, John McGregor (piper), and Isaac Robinson.  David L. Wilson and many others of Scots ancestry were among the 189 defenders who resisted a Mexican army of 4,000 who began their assault at 0500 hrs.  The Alamo fell at 0630 hrs.  Only the non combatants were spared.
  6   March   1923   The forerunner of the  BBC began broadcasting in Scotland, from Glasgow, as 5SC.
7 March 1744 The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers held their first meeting on Leith Links.  The City of Edinburgh provided a silver club for competition which was won by  John Rattray.  He joined the Jacobite '45 Rising after the Battle of Prestonpans, becoming "Bonnie Prince Charlie's" personal surgeon. He avoided execution thanks to the intercession of Duncan Forbes, President of the Court of Session, a golfing friend.
8 March 1702
William III died at Kensington Palace after a fall from a horse.

Anne succeeded to the throne.
8 March 1899
Eric Linklater, author, born.
9 March 1566
David Rizzio, Mary Queen of Scots Italian Secretary,  murdered at Holyrood Palace.
9 March 1648
James Hamilton, 1st Duke of Hamilton died. 
10 March 1615
John Ogilvie SJ, the only Catholic Martyr in Scotland, was executed in Glasgow for saying Mass and for treason.
Statue of St John Ogilvie at St Thomas's Church, Keith

10 March 1748
John Playfair, mathematician, born in Benvie, Forfarshire.
  10   March   1823  
George Keith Elphinstone, 1st Viscount Keith GCB , died  a British admiral active throughout the Napoleonic Wars. He died on  He was born on 7th January 1746 in Elphinstone Tower, near Stirling
11 March 1911
Soldier and author, Sir Fitzroy Maclean, born.
11 March 1955
Sir Alexander Fleming, discoverer of penicillin, died.
  12   March   1881   Andrew Watson, born in Guyana, son of a wealthy Scottish planter, Peter Miller, and a local girl, Rose Watson, made his first international appearance for Scotland's football team.
  12   March   1945  
"HMS VENGEANCE" left Greenock, four months after Commissioning, for the Mediterranean, and thence to join the British Pacific Fleet.
  13   March   1395  
John Barbour, latterly Archdeacon of Aberdeen, and  known as the father of Scottish Literature, and author of the account of Robert the Bruce, died.
  13/14   March   1941  
The Clydebank Blitz, left 528 dead, 617 injured, and 48,000 homeless, many of whom never returned.  Only 7 out of 12,000 houses intact.
  14   March   1900   Dame Margaret Kidd QC born at Bo'ness.  Scotland's first and, for more than quarter of a century, only female advocate. Called to the bar in 1923 she was the first woman in the United Kingdom to take silk in 1948. She became Scotland's first Sheriff Principal in 1960 when she took charge of the Sheriffdom of Dumfries and Galloway. She was Sheriff Principal of Perth and Angus from 1966 to 1974 and was made a Dame of the British Empire in 1975.

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