9th of May

St Hermas, 1st century. St Gregory Nazianzen, 389. St Brynoth I., Bishop of Scara, in Sweden, 1317. St Nicholas, Bishop of Lincopen, in Sweden, 1391.


Born. – Giovanni Paisiello, Italian musical composer, 1741, Tarento
Died. – Carindal de Bourbon, 1590; Francis, fourth Earl of Bedford, 1641; Count Zinzendorf, founder of the sect of Moravian Brethren, 1760, Herrnhut; Comte de Lally. executed at Paris, 1766; Bonnel Thornton, miscellaneous writer, 1768; Frederick Schiller, illustrious German poet, 1805, Weimar; Nicolas Francis Gay-Lussac, chemist, 1850, Paris.


On this Day in Other Sources.


We may conclude that this was the “Collegium Facultatis Artium,” in which the annual banquet of the Faculty was to be celebrated on the Sunday or Feast next after the Translation of St. Nicholas (9th May), when all the Masters, Licentiates, Bachelors, and Students, after hearing matins in the Chapel of St. Thomas the Martyr, rode in solemn and stately procession, bearing flowers and branches of trees, through the public street, from the upper part of the town to the Cross, and so back to the College of the Faculty, and there, amid the joy of the feast,1 the Masters took counsel for the welfare of the Faculty, and gave their diligence to remove all discords and quarrels, that all rejoicing in heart might honour the prince of peace and joy. After the banquet the whole crowd of Masters and Students were directed to repair to a more fitting place of amusement, and there enact some interlude or other show to rejoice the people.2

– Sketches, pp.220-253.

1  Cum letitia corporalis refectionis. 
2  The Masters were to be the actors, if possible.


The 9th day of May, this year [1439], dies Archibald, Earl of Douglas, as Restalrig, near Edinburgh, of a burning fever; and to him succeeded his son, William, a youth of 14 years of age. 

– Historical Works, pp.166-189.


This year [1474], the pestilence raged in Scotland most fearfully; and the parliament called in March, was [extended until the] 9th of May, then [held] at Edinburgh, wherein, amongst many other statutes, it was enacted that all merchants should bring in bullion yearly, under a [pecuniary] fine, to be exacted [for] the King’s use, [from] the [offenders]; also [about] the stealing of hawks, hounds, partridges, and ducks, and that none should kill [doe], [roe], or deer, in time of storm, under the pain of [a] 10 [pound fine]; likewise, this parliament set down the price of [travel by water] to be paid by all the [subjects] of the kingdom, at Portincraig [Tayport], Queensferry, and Kinghorn. 

– Historical Works, pp.189-214.


Yet notwithstanding of the King’s smooth answer to the English ambassador, [Thomas] Randolph, upon the 9th of May [1581], this same year, James, Earl of Morton, was brought out of Dumbarton castle to Edinbrugh, and being accused for concealing [Henry, Lord Darnley] the King’s murder, by an assize of his peers, he was found guilty, and received [the] sentence to lose his head at Edinburgh cross 

– Historical Works, pp.340-416.


The only evidence I can find of any attempt to fortify the city [of Glasgow] was during the civil war, when the magistrates, for the protection of the town, ordered a trench or ditch to be made around it… On the 9th of May [1645] the council “ordains the haill inhabitants of this burghe to come out ilk Mononday of the weik to the works.” It is further declared that those who fail shall be “countit disaffectit to the caus in hand, and punishit be the Sub Governour according to the wull of the Magistrats.” 

– Old Glasgow, pp.162-175.


The Weavers, the Duke, and the Duchess.

THE North British Daily Mail tells a very pleasant story, very creditable to the DUKE OF ATHOLL, very honourable to certain weavers of Perth. It seems that some of these men last Midsummer visited the DUKE OF ATHOLL’s grounds; when the DUKE, with the courtesy of a true gentleman, attended his visitors through a part of the domain. The summer, autumn, and winter passed; and last week the weavers returned to Dunkeld House, bearing a present of table-linen to the Duchess; an acknowledgment of the Duke’s courtesy, a tribute of their own thankfulness. The weavers’ present consisted of “some superb specimens of table-linen, consisting of two dinner-cloths of the finest double damask, with napkins to suit, the patterns being wrought with the finest artistic skill.” All this speaks well for all parties: and when at Dunkeld House the table is covered with gold and silver, how very prettily will the magnificence of the Duke be set-off and contrasted by the simplicity of the weaver! Rank and wealth can have no surer support than when based upon such workmanship. Such a weavers’ table-cloth is made worthy of a Duke’s cloth of gold. – May 9, 1857., p.188. 


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