30th of April

St Maximus, martyr, 251. Saints James, Marian, and others, martyrs in Numidia, 259. St Sophia, virgin, martyr, 3rd century. St Adjutre, recluse, Vernon in Normandy, 1131. St Catherine of Sienna, virgin, 1380.

Died. – Marcus Annæus Lucanus, Roman poet, 65, Rome; Chevalier Bayard, killed, 1524; John, Count de Tilly, military commander, 1632, Ingoldstadt; G. Farquhar, dramatist, 1707, London; Jean Jacques Barthelemi, 1795, Paris; Thomas Duncan, Scottish artist, 1845, Edinburgh; James Montgomery, poet, 1854, Sheffield.

On this Day in Other Sources.

The 30th day of April, this same year [1514], the Queen is brought to bed, at Stirling castle, of a son; christened Alexander. 

– Historical Works, pp.238-275.

The Earl of Arran and his armed adherents held their stormy conclave on the 30th of April, 1520, concerting the capture and death of Angus, whose war array held the High Street and barricaded the close-heads; and here it was that Gawain Douglas, the Bishop of Dunkeld, and translator of Virgil, whose two brothers fell at Flodden, called on the archbishop, and strove to keep the peace in vain, for the prelate was already in his armour, and the dreadful conflict of “Cleanse the Causeway” ensued, giving victory to the Douglases, and compelling the fugitive archbishop, during 1525, the time they were in power, to seek safety in the disguise of a shepherd, and, literally, crook in hand, to tend flocks of sheep on Bograin-knowe, not far from his diocesan city of Glasgow. 

Old and New Glasgow, pp.258-266.

Apr. 30 [1591]. – ‘John Dickson, younger of Belchester, being apprehended, ta’en, and brought to Edinburgh, was put to the knawledge of ane assize for the slaughter of his awn natural father [in July 1588], and also for the lying for the said offence at the process of excommunication. [Being convicted, he was] brought to the scaffold, and at the cross broken on ane rack, [ane] worried – where he lay all that night, and on the morn [was] carried to the gallows of the Burgh-moor, where the rack was set up, and the corpse laid thereupon.’ Jo. Hist

– Domestic Annals, pp.124-176.

Glasgow Herald, Friday 30 April, 1847.

Glasgow’s Eastern Necropolis.



   SIR, – The resolution of the Government to perpetuate the production of the patron saint of England – St George overcoming evil in the form of a dragon – on the new gold coinage is not fair to Andrew, Patrick, and David, who are left out in the cold. If we are to have saints on the coinage the reverse ought to be quartered. If we are not, then Scotsmen should demand that a design emblematic of the four British nations should appear on all British coins. An artistic, durable, and eminently just design can be made by intertwining the rose, thistle, shamrock, and leek. When the ‘Britanniar.’ small-typed on the obverse has gone the future antiquary will say, ‘These are English coins!’ The spirit of the first article of the Treaty of Union is transgressed. English fairness, I should say, does not desire this. The other three nations have a right to demand that it shall not be carried out. Let us hold to the motto ‘Dieu et Mon Droit.’ – I am, &c., 


   Liverpool, 26th April 1890.”

– Dundee Advertiser, Wednesday 30th April, 1890.

– Treaty of Union Articles, 1875-1900.

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