Events in Scottish History
September
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1 September 714 St Giles, patron saint of Edinburgh and Elgin, died.
Source: The Scottish Invention of America, Democracy and Human Rights, Klieforth and Munro, 2004, ISBN 0-7618-2791
 
1 September St Giles Cathedral
St Giles Feast Day. Edinburgh's Cathedral is St Giles.
 
1 September 1644 The Battle of Tippermuir.  Montrose victory over the Covenanters.
 
1 September 1880
The relief of Kandahar after a march of over 300 miles from Kabul, at the end of the 2nd Afghan War, by General Roberts included the 72nd Highlanders and 92nd Highlanders.
 
1 September 1863
Violet Augusta Mary Frederica Kennedy-Erskine later the Angus poet Violet Jacob, author of "The Wild Geese", born.
 
2 September 1978 Hugh MacDiarmid (Christopher Murray Grieve) died.
 
3 September 1650
The Battle of Dunbar.  Cromwell defeated the Scots Army under General David Leslie. Sir William Sinclair was killed at the battle and by tradition was the last of the family to be buried in his armour in the vault below Rosslyn Chapel Rosslyn Castle was destroyed  by General Monck but Rosslyn Chapel was spared, though used for stabling horses.
 
3 September 1719
Solemnization of the Marriage of  James Francis Edward Stuart (The Old Pretender) and Princess Maria Clementina Sobieska.
 
3 September 1752
The Gregorian Calendar replaced the Julian Calendar, and 3 September  became 14 September.
 
3 September 1939
Britain and France declare war on Germany.  Neville Chamberlain announces to the British people: "This morning the British Ambassador in Berlin handed the German government a final note, stating that unless we heard from them - by 11 o'clock - that they were prepared at once to withdraw their troops from Poland, a state of war would exist between us; I have to tell you now that no such undertaking has been received and that, consequently, this country is at war with Germany."
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4 September 1241
Alexander III  born at Roxburgh.
 
4 September 1571
Matthew Stuart 4th Earl of Lennox, Regent of Scotland shot dead in a raid at Stirling Castle.
 
5 September 1750
Robert Ferguson, Scots writer born in Edinburgh.
Robert Ferguson on Jeff Nisbet's Edinburgh -  Facebook Page
 
5 September 1808
John Home, Scots writer, minister and historian, died at Merchiston Bank, near Edinburgh.
 
6 September 1715
John Erskine, the 6th Earl of Mar,"Bobbing John", raised the Standard for James Francis Edward Stuart, the "Old Pretender" at the Braes o' Mar, at the start of the 1715 Rising.
Braemar, Scotland : History & Folklore
 
6 September 1876
John James Richard Macleod, discoverer of insulin, born near Dunkeld.
 
6 September 1914 The start of the Battle of The Marne which halted the German advance into France. While this is seen as a French victory, the BEF (British Expeditionary Force) under General French played a prominent part. 
 
7 September 1306 Sir Simon Fraser (The Patriot), captured at St John's Town was hanged, drawn and quartered in London and his head was displayed on London Bridge alongside William Wallace's.
Sir Herbert Morham and Thomas Le Boys were beheaded at the Tower for supporting the Scots' Cause.  Sir Christopher Seton,  a Yorkshire knight married to Bruce's sister Christian, also captured at St John's Town was hanged, cut down and beheaded.
 
7 September 1736 Captain John Porteous was seized by a mob from the Edinburgh Tolbooth and hanged from a dyer's pole in the Grassmarket for his alleged role in firing on a crowd earlier that year.
 
7 September 1775 John Leyden, poet and orientalist, was born at Denholm.
 
7 September 1914 Lt Col David Campbell led a charge of a Troop of the 9th Lancers against a squadron of German Guard Dragoons during the Battle of the Marne, the last lance on lance action of the First World War.
 
8 September 1468
Christian I of Denmark, Sweden and Norway contracted the marriage of his only daughter Margaret Oldenburg, Princess of Denmark to James III (after discharging the Annual of Norway for Man and the Hebrides) with a dowry of 60,000 florins, 10,000 florins to be paid before her departure, and Orkney being pledged for 50,000 florins

References:
International Law in Historical Perspective, J. H. W. Verzijl p 391
Publication of the Stair Society p. 448

SCAN Catalogue - person record
The Annexation of the earldom of Orkney and lordship of Shetland to the Crown, 20th February 1472
 

8 September 1650
Princess Elizabeth, daughter of Charles I, died of neglect at Carisbrooke Castle on the Isle of Wight and was buried at Newport Parish  Church, Sts Thomas.
 
9 September 1513 FLD
James IV and the Flower of Scotland fell in battle at Flodden Field, near Branxton, Northumberland, to the billhooks of the Earl of Surrey's English Army.  James IV had invaded England as a consequence of the "Auld Alliance" in response to Henry VIII's invasion of France.
 
9 September 1543
Mary Queen of Scots crowned at Stirling Castle.
 
9 September 1758 Alexander Nasmyth, Scots painter, born in Edinburgh.
 
10 September 1547
The Battle of Pinkie, between Musselburgh and Wallyford on the Esk, part of an English attempt to force a union of the kingdoms by attempting to marry Mary Queen of Scots to Prince Edward (later Edward VI) saw the  Scots lead by the Earl of Arran defeated by an English Army led by the Duke of Somerset. Over half the Scots Army was killed or wounded, but the English plan failed as they were prevented from reaching Edinburgh, and their attack precipitated Mary's marriage to the Dauphin of France.
 
10 September 1621
Sir William Alexander, later 1st Earl of Stirling and later 1st Viscount of Canada, was granted Nova Scotia by a Royal Charter from James VI. The charter came with a title of  Baronet of Nova Scotia. He later created the Knights Baronets of Nova Scotia.
 
10 September 1763 James Thomson born.  He wrote chiefly in the local vernacular describing Currie.  He died in 1832.
 
10 September 1847 The Caledonian Railway opened its line from Carlisle to Beattock.
 
11 September 1297 SB
The Battle of Stirling Bridge.  The Scots Army led Andrew Moray and William Wallace defeated  and destroy half the English  Army, led by Hugh de Cressingham, drawing them onto boggy ground, across the bridge, and cutting them off from the rest of the English Army, led by John de Warenne, Earl of Surrey.
 
12 September 1848 William McNab, the curator of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, who moved the garden to its  current location at Inverleith Row, died.
The Scottish Invention of America, Democracy and Human Rights By Alexander Leslie Klieforth, Robert John Munro ISBN-10: 0761827919
 
13 September 1644
The Battle of Aberdeen. The Marquis of Montrose captures the city from the Covenanters led by Lord Burleigh.
 
13 September 1645 The Battle of Philiphaugh The Marquis of Montrose was defeated by General David Leslie.
The Battle of Philiphaugh Memorial, Philiphaugh Estates
 
14 September 1402
The Battle of Humbleton or Homildon Hill.  The Earl of Douglas is defeated by Henry Percy (Hotspur) in Northumberland.
 
14 September 1580 Robert Gordon of Straloch, eminent geographer and antiquary, born at Kinnundy, Aberdeenshire. He was the first graduate of Marischal University,  which had been founded recently by George, the Earl Marischal.
Marischal Virtual Museum - The University of Aberdeen
 
15 September 1595 The Edinburgh Royal High School riot Bailie John MacMorran, the wealthy magistrate, was shot and killed by one of the pupils, William Sinclair, described as son of the "Chancellor" of Caithness. Roland Saint-Clair's St Clairs of the Isles states this was the later Sir William Sinclair Knight of Mey, usually styled Sir William of Cadboll.
 
15 September 1940
Battle of Britain Day marking the day when the most decisive air battles were fought.   "Never, in the field of conflict was so much owed by so many to so few." Winston Churchill, 1940.

Scots Historian, Les Taylor, has claimed that the Battle of Britain began in the skies over Orkney, rather then over the White Cliffs of Dover.
 

16 September 1701
James VII and II died in exile at St Germain-en-Laye, outside Paris.
Map of St Germain-en-Laye
 
16 September 1745 Jacobite forces rout Colonel Gardiner's 13th Dragoons at "The Canter of Coltbrig" outside Edinburgh.
 
17 September 1420 The town of Melun in France surrenders to the siege of England's Henry V and his Burgundian allies.  Twenty Scots among the defenders were hanged as they had defied captive James I's orders to surrender.
 
17 September 1470 The first transaction in a series up to 16th May 1471 by which the Crown in exchange of certain lands in Fife and a pension of 40 merks acquired from Earl William Sinclair an irredeemable title to the earldom of Orkney.  The earldom of Orkney was then annexed by the Crown on 20th February 1472.

References:
Oppressions of the sixteenth century in the islands of Orkney and Zetland, edited by David Balfour. p. xxxv and xxxvi
William Elphinstone and the kingdom of Scotland, 1431-1514: the struggle for order, Leslie John Macfarlane p. 156
The Case for Udal Law.
William Sinclair, 1st Earl of Caithness 3rd Earl of Orkney (1410 - 1482) - Genealogy
The Annexation of the earldom of Orkney and lordship of Shetland to the Crown, 20th February 1472
 
17 September 1771
Tobias Smollett, Scots author of picaresque novels, amongst them The Adventures of Roderick Random (1748), The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle (1750), The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom (1753), died.
 
17 September 1869
John Elder, engineer and shipbuilder, died.
 
18 September 1643
Gilbert Burnet, Bishop of Salisbury and Historian, born in Edinburgh.
 
18 September 1959 Auchengeich Colliery disaster. 47 men lost their lives in a fire.
 
19 September 1778
Henry, Lord Brougham, 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux born in Edinburgh. 
 
19 September 1806
William Dyce, artist, born in Aberdeen. Aberdeen's Dyce Airport is named after him.
 
19 September 1859 Professor John Pringle Nichol, author of "The Architecture of the Heavens" died.
 
20 September 1842
Sir James Dewar, inventor of the process of liquifaction of gases, born.
 
20 September 1967
The "RMS QUEEN ELIZABETH 2", "QE2" was launched by HM The Queen at John Brown and Co's yard, Clydebank.
 
21 September 1722 John Home, Scots writer, minister and historian, born at Leith.
 
21 September 1745 The Battle of Prestonpans. The Jacobite Army defeats General Sir John Cope's Government Army at Prestonpans near Edinburgh.
 
21 September 1756 John Loudon MacAdam who introduced the "macadam" or "tarmac" system of road surfacing, was born in Ayr.
 
21 September 1832
Sir Walter Scott died.
 
22 September 1834 Thomas Telford, the civil engineer died.
 
23 September 1678
 

The Royal Scots Fusiliers raised by the Earl of Mar as "The Earl of Mar's Regiment". In 1959 they were merged with the The Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment) to form The Royal Highland Fusiliers (Princess Margaret's Own Glasgow and Ayrshire Regiment).  In 2006 all the old Scottish Regiments were merged into a new Regiment, the Royal Regiment of Scotland.
 
23 September 1803
Prints are obtainable from the artist, David Rowlands www.davidrowlands.co.uk
The Battle of Assaye. All but one of the officers of the 74th Regiment of Foot, The Highland Light Infantry, were killed or wounded in General Arthur Wellesley's (later the Duke of Wellington) greatest victory in India.
 
24 September 1332 Edward Balliol, son of John Balliol, crowned at Scone.  He was regarded by many as the legitimate successor, but was chased out of Scotland and sought refuge in England.
 
25 September 1703
Archibald Campbell, 10th Earl and 1st Duke of Argyll, Marquess of Kintyre and Lorne, Earl of Campbell And Cowall, Viscount of Lochow and Glenyla, Lord of Inverary, Mull, Morvern, and Tirie and one of the commissioners who invited William of Orange to Britain and responsible for the massacre of Glencoe, died.
 
25 September 1915
The first day of the Battle of Loos.  All ten Scottish Regiments were involved in this battle as part of the 9th and 15th Divisions. The battle  lasted until 18th October. 36 Battalions took part and sustained over 12,000 casualties, one fifth of the total.
 
26 September 1290  Site of Margaret, Maid of Norway's Tomb, on site of Kristkirken, Bergen
Margaret "Maid of Norway", Eiriksdottir, died in Orkney. When her grandfather had died Princess Margaret was three years old. The Scottish Parliament appointed six Guardians to rule on her behalf, and on 18th July 1290 the Scots agreed in the Treaty of Birgham (Berwickshire) that she should marry Edward I of England's eldest son, Prince Edward. At the end of September, the eight-year-old Queen set sail for Scotland, escorted by Bishop Narve of Bergen. She was taken ill on the voyage and her ship put in at Orkney, but she died there, in the arms of the Bishop. She was buried at the Kristkirken, Bergen. Her death left the Scottish succession open, and gave Edward I the opportunity to start his attacks on Scotland.
 
27 September 1938
RMS Queen Elizabeth was built by John Brown & Company shipyard at Clydebank, Scotland, was launched.
 
28 September 1582
George Buchanan, poet humanist and tutor to James VI, died.
 
28 September 1864
Charles Murray, North East poet, born in Alford, Aberdeenshire.
Poets' Corner - Charles Murray - Selected Works
 
29 September 1902 William McGonagall, born in 1825, died in Edinburgh.
 
30 September 1813 John Rae, surgeon, trader and Canadian explorer, was born at Clestrain, Orphir, Orkney. He died in London, in 1893 and is buried in St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall, Orkney.
 

 

 

 

 

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