3rd of March

St Marinus and Asterius, martyrs in Palestine, about 272. Saints Emeterius and Chelidonius, martyrs in Spain. St Winwaloe, abbot in Armorica, about 529. St Lamalisse, of Scotland, 7th century. St Cunegundes, empress, 1040.


Born. – Gisbert Voet, Leyden theologian, 1589. 
Died. – John Frederick, the Magnanimous, of Saxony, 1554; John Sturm, Lutheran teacher, 1589; Dr William Hunter, 1783, London; Robert Adam, architect, 1792.


On this Day in Other Sources.


The house occupied by this famous tavern had been in former times the residence of Alexander ninth Earl of Eglinton, and his Countess Susanna Kennedy of the house of Colzean, reputed the most beautiful woman of her time. 

From the magnificent but privately printed “Memorials of the Montgomeries,” we learn many interesting particulars of this noble couple, who dwelt in the Old Stamp Office Close. Whether their abode there was the same as that stated, of which we have an inventory, in the time of Hugh third Earl of Eglinton, “at his house in Edinburgh, 3rd March, 1563,” given in the “Memorials,” we have no means of determining. Earl Alexander was one of those patriarchal old Scottish lords who lived to a great age. He was thrice married, and left a progeny whose names are interspersed throughout the pages of the Douglas peerage. His last Countess, Susanna, was the daughter of Sir Archibald Kennedy, a sturdy old cavalier, who made himself conspicuous in the wars of Dundee. 

– Old and New Edinburgh, pp.227-234.


We may see, in the note below, that Elizabeth’s vigilance was still awake, and her jealousy unappeased. Of course the friends of the Scotish Queen found many impediments to their intercourse: Even La Mote Fenelon, the French ambassador, was denied access to her, by Elizabeth’s special orders.1

– Life of Mary, pp.260-274. 

1  Shrewsbury, in a letter to Burghley, of the 3d of March [1575,] thanked Elizabeth for warning him, that she was informed some of his servants conveyed letters, and messages, for the Queen of Scots: He expressed his sorrow, “that Elizabeth should be displeased, at his son Gilbert’s wife being brought to bed in his house; as causing women, and strangers, to resort there;” yet, he asserted, “that except the midwife, none have, or do come within the Queen’s sight; and to avoid such resort, he himself, with two of his children, christened the child.”


“The summer of 1570 right good, and all victuals good cheap, but the winter and Lentron quarter following evil weather, many sheep and goats died through scarcity of fodder. In the spring of 1571-2, from 15th January till the 22d March great frost, so that no ploughs went till eight days thereafter, and men might well pass and repass on the ice of Lyon the 3d day of March.” 

– Sketches, pp.341-394.


Mar. 3 [1614.] – (Tuesday) at ‘half an hour to sax in the morning, ane earthquake had in divers places.’ ‘On Thursday thereafter, ane other earthquake at 12 hours in the night, had baith in land and burgh.’ – Chron. Perth. 

– Domestic Annals, pp.177-227.


Ane dochter, born Martch 3, 1670, calit Issobel. Martch 21, 1695. – Shoo was married to James Lowk, goldsmith, son to John Lowk, merchant in Glasgow, in my own hous, by Maister James Widrow, Professor of Divinity in the Colledge of Glasgow. 

– Memorial Catalogue, Gallery 1.


In 1776 Lady Glenorchy invited Dr. Thomas Snell Jones, a Wesleyan Methodist, to accept the charge of her chapel, and after being ordained to the office of pastor by the Scottish Presbytery of London he became settled as incumbent on the 25th of July, 1779, and from that date continued to labour as such, until about three years before his death, which occurred on the 3rd of March, 1837, a period of nearly fifty-eight years. 

– Old and New Edinburgh, pp.359-363.

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