29th of April

St Fiachna of Ireland, 7th century. St Hugh, abbot of Cluni, 1109; St Robert, abbot of Molesme, 1110. St Peter, martyr, 1252.

Died. – Michael Ruyter, Dutch admiral, 1676, Syracuse; Abbé Charles de St Pierre, philanthropist, 1743, Paris.

On this Day in Other Sources.

The die of the Scotish Queen was now cast. Amidst many difficulties, while under Bothwell’s thraldom, and Maitland’s delusion, she chose to marry that miscreant, as the least difficulty. She was in the fangs of Murray’s faction; and whatever had been her choice, on that occasion, the same faction had conducted her to her ruin. Bothwell brought the Queen to Edinburgh castle, on the 29th of April 1567. That odious man, immediately, commenced an action of divorce against his wife; and, she, with equal alacrity, brought a suit, for her divorce, against her husband. These several actions of divorce, as there was no strong objections, were soon decided. The Queen was induced to give a written assent to the odious declaration of the peers, and prelates, before mentioned. The banns of marriage were now published, by John Craig, one of the Edinburgh ministers, though with some reluctance. 

– Life of Mary, pp.155-184.

In April [1594], this year, Bothwell comes to Leith with 500 horse, and the King raises the town of Edinburgh, to apprehend him; but he flees by the way of Dalkeith. 

Diverse [people] were hanged this year, for [receiving] and entertaining of him; as William Heggie, [on the] 29th of April. 

– Historical Works, pp.340-416.

Arrangements are made for raising money for the repair of “the queir” [of Glasgow Cathedral]. On the same occasion it is recorded that Lord Blantyre attended and offered to contribute 400 merks towards the expense. 

The funds thus raised appear to have been altogether inadequate for the purpose, as a still later minute, 29th April, 1609, bears that “Maister John Bell and Robert Scot, ordiner ministeris of this burgh and citie,” attended the council “to deploir the present hurt of the High Kirk and metropolitan of this diocie, and apperand rowen thairof;” and it is resolved to ask help of the king, besides promoting a voluntary subscription. In this way more funds were raised and the work was proceeded with. 

– Old Glasgow, pp.104-116.

Sir Hugh came of age in 1660 – the year of the Restoration; and two years later, Lauderdale, already in full power, had obtained the gift of the young Thane’s marriage, and probably directed his choice to his wife’s niece, the Lady Henrietta Stewart, sister of the Earl of Moray.1 The smallness of tocher of 9000 merks was compensated by the good connexion, and much more, as it turned out, by the good qualities of the lady, who lived long at Cawdor, and had left the memory of much feminine and domestic virtue.

– Sketches, pp.395-436.

1  On 29th April 1673, the heritors of the shire of Nairn stent themselves for the allowance due to Sir Hugh Campbell of Calder, for his attendance and service as commissioner from the shire of Nairn, for the third session of the first Parliament, to which the Earl of Rothes was commissioner for His Majestie, and for the three by-past sessiones of the second and third current Parliament, to which the Duke of Lauderdale was commissioner, – in all amounting to £1785.

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