5th of April

St Tigernach, of Ireland, 550. St Becan, of Ireland, abbot, 6th century. St Gerald, abbot of Seauve, near Bordeaux, 1095. St Vincent Ferrer, of Spain, confessor, 1419. 


Born. – Catharine I. of Russia, 1689, Ringen
Died. – Danton, guillotined, 1794.


On this Day in Other Sources.


In 1287, Pope Honorius [IV.] departs this life, at Rome, the 5th day of the month of April; and to his succeeded, in the pontifical chair, Jerome [Masci] of Piceno, general of [the] order of St Francis, and Cardinal Palestrina. After his election, he was called Pope Nicholas IV. 

– Historical Works, pp.77-88.


Thomas Randolph, Earl of Moray, took the town of Berwick from the English, who had possessed it 20 years, the 5th of April 1318. 

– Historical Works, pp.88-104.


The 5th day of April, this same year [1512], the Queen is brought to bed of a son, christened James, who, after his father’s death, was King of Scotland. 

– Historical Works, pp.214-238.


The 5th day of April this year [1603], being Tuesday, his majesty [James VI.] took his journey for England, with the tears and lamentations of his people, and entered Berwick the 6th of this same month, where he stayed 3 days, and so [on] forward by easier journeys. He entered London [on] the 7th day of May, this same year. 

– Historical Works, pp.340-416.


[James VI.] left Scotland on the 5th of April [1603], after taking a tender farewell of his Scottish subjects, and promising to revisit them once every three years. He did not allow one year to elapse without making an effort to accomplish a union between England and Scotland; but it ended in the comparatively narrow result of establishing that the postinati – that is, Scotsmen born after the king’s accession to the English crown – should be regarded as naturalised in both countries. 

– Domestic Annals, pp.177-227.


The consistory house [of Glasgow Cathedral], was probably coeval with the tower, had, through age, fallen into still greater decay, and it required a more extensive repair. A minute of the town council of date 5th April, 1628, bears that “the proveist, bailyeis, and counsell has condescendit and aggreit that James Colquhoun, wricht, and John Boyid, masoun, build and repair the dekayet pairtis of the Librarie hous of the Hie Kirk, putt the ruiff thairon, geist and lost the samyn, and theik the samyn with leid, and do all thingis necessar thairto for 3100 merk.” 

– Old Glasgow, pp.104-116.


Apr. 5 [1683]. – At the funeral of the Duke of Lauderdale at Haddington, while the usual dole of money was being distributed among the beggars, one, named Bell, stabbed another. ‘He was apprehended, and several stolen things found on him; and he being made to touch the corpse, the wound bled afresh. The town of Haddington, who it seems have a sheriff’s power, judged him presently, and hanged him over the bridge next day.’ – Foun

– Domestic Annals, pp.322-337.


“The corpse of Andrew Wilson, baker, son to Andrew Wilson, baker and inn-dweller in Dunnikier (Qui mortuit Gallifocio Edinburgam), was interred on the 5th April, 1736.” An old denizen of Pathhead declared that he saw Wilson’s grave opened, and could not but remark upon the size and texture of his bones. 

Old and New Edinburgh, pp.123-138.


I have often seen the site of fires surrounded by stones placed there by children; and once, on a beautiful Easter Thursday evening (April 5), just at sundown, many fires suddenly appeared blazing and smoking on the hill-tops in the Isle of Man. In about ten minutes they all vanished as suddenly as they had appeared, and a Manksman, who was asked to explain the cause, looked much disturbed, and went his way in haste without answering.  

“Bealtainn,” yellow May day, is in spring; and All Saints, All Hallows or Halloween, “Samhuinn,” 1st of November, is late in autumn – so there are Pagan as well as Christian observances connected with these two seasons. 

Popular Tales, Vol. 4, pp.348-369.


Janefield Cemetery 12

On the 5 April 1902, during the 1902 British Home Championship match between Scotland and England, the back of the newly built West Tribune Stand Ibrox Park collapsed due to heavy rainfall the previous night. Hundreds of supporters fell up to 40 feet to the ground below resulting in the death of 25 people. The tragedy occurred after 51 minutes of the match, which was allowed to finish, to avoid supporters exiting en masse crowding the area obstructing rescue work. Bruce Crawford died of a fracture of the base of the skull, and his place of death is given as Ibrox Park itself, rather than a hospital. 

Glasgow’s Eastern Necropolis. 

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