4th of June

St Quirinus, Bishop of Siscia, martyr, 304. St Optatus, Bishop of Milevum, confessor, 4th century. St Breacam or Breague, virgin, of Ireland. St Burian, of Ireland. St Walter, abbot in San-Serviliano, 13th century.

 

Born. – George III., of Great Britain, 1738, London
Died. – M. A. Muret (Muretus), commentator on the ancient classics, 1585, Rome; Marshal Davout, 1823; Marguerite, Countess of Blessington, novelist, &c., 1849, Paris; Henry Grattan, statesman, 1820, London.

 

On this Day in Other Sources.

 

The Parliament being thus ended on the 4th of June [1563], without reforming dress, the Queen, said Randolph to Cecil, hath made her highland apparel, for her journey into Argyle. According to Spottiswoode, the rest of this summer, the Queen spent, in hunting in the countries of Athol, and Argyle. Spottiswoode, however, is quite mistaken, in supposing, that the Queen went, on that occasion, into Athol: From Inverary, she turned to the westward. 

Life of Mary, pp.78-98.

 

June 4 [1563]. – In the parliament now sitting, some noticeable acts were passed. One decreed that ‘nae person carry forth of this realm ony gold or silver, under pain of escheating of the same and of all the remainder of their moveable guids;’ merchants going abroad to carry only as much as they strictly require for their travelling expenses. Another enacted, that ‘nae person take upon hand to use ony manner of witchcrafts, sorcery, or necromancy, nor give themselves furth to have ony sic craft or knowledge thereof, there-through abusing the people;’ also, that ‘nae person seek ony help, response, or consultation at ony sic users or abusers of witchcrafts… under the pain of death.’ This is the statute under which all the subsequent witch-trials took place.*

– Domestic Annals, pp.13-29. 

* Chambers has already stated the fact of Mary’s not having arrived in Scotland until 1561. That these witchcraft acts were enacted by her in 1563. I believe that it was these that laid the foundation for “all the subsequent witch-trials”, in Scotland, that took place. His wording is suggestive of this being the basis of all witch trials everywhere afterwards which would be strange as it wasn’t even the first act against witchcraft. For that we need to go down south to England and Henry VIII.’s 1542 act condemning witchcraft as a crime punishable by death.

 

The Queen endeavoured by a fresh proclamation, on the 4th of June [1567], to disabuse the credulous; she now avowed her affections for her people; disclaimed any wish to innovate upon the established laws; and hoped, that she had placed her son, in such safe hands, that the security of his person, and the cultivation of his mind, need not be doubted, to whom those charges are committed, according to the ancient practice. But, such declarations were not much regarded. 

– Life of Mary, pp.155-184.

 

On the 4th of June [1568], Lord Herries arrived, at Greenwich, with the Scotish Queen’s letters, and solicitations, which did not make much impression on Elizabeth’s understanding, or her heart. She answered, however, by Secretary Cecil, that she meaneth to take her, and her cause, into her protection; and according to the justice of the cause, will prosecute her adversaries. Elizabeth had not received her, personally, on account of the public suspicion of so horrible a crime: Yet, she neither condemns, nor acquits her, until she hear what may be said therein. The point, wherewith Elizabeth was chiefly touched, was, that the death of her husband was not sufficiently avenged; and her marrying so early the person, who was known to be the principal murderer, who had a lawful wife alive, from whom he divorced himself, to marry her. Cecil seems, thus, to have mixed up the sweet, with the sour, so artfully, as to effect the Scotish Queen’s tenderest sensibilities. In this mixed style of flattery, and fraud, a great variety of letters, and other documents, were, during the following months, sent to the Scotish Queen, to delude, and frighten, to irritate, and tranquillize her. In the midst of this scene of deception, Elizabeth wrote an impressive letter to the Regent Murray, “to come into England, with a commission, to treat, at York, and to answer to the Scotish Queen’s complaint.” 

– Life of Mary, pp.206-234.

 

The liberal terms accorded to those who had thus rescued the bell, and the anxious provision made for its safety by taking security from the person intrusted with it for its careful preservation, shows the value attached to it, and the veneration in which it was held as a relic dating from the foundation of the city. In October of the following year the treasurer’s accounts contain a charge of two shillings “for ane tong to St. Mongowis bell.” And under date 4th June, 1590, there occurs the following entry:- “The quhilk day the provest baillies and counsall hes gevin thair twa commoun bells viz the Mort and Skellat bells togedder with the office of pwnterschipe to George Johnstoune for ane zeir to cum bund for the soume of thrie scoir pundis to be payit in maner following:” and then follow the terms of payment and names of sureties. 

– Old Glasgow, pp.19-29.

 

We are indebted also to the public spirit of the magistrates of that time for the portraits of royal personages which we have in the Corporation Galleries. In 1670 there is a minute by which “it is appoynted that the provest wrytt to London to the Deane of Gild to buy for the tounes use the portrators of King Charles the First and Secund as also ane carpett.”1 But the dean succeeded in getting only one portrait – that of Charles I., and two months afterwards there is a warrant for the price of it: “twenty fyve punds starling for the kings portratour.” Seven years afterwards the order is repeated to procure the other, “that it may be hung in the Counsell-house with the rest now there.” 

– Old Glasgow, pp.215-237. 

1  4th June, 1670.

 

168. JOHN GRAHAM GILBERT of Yorkhill, R.S.A.

Born, 1794; died at Yorkhill, Glasgow, June 4th, 1866. 

Portrait painter. His father was a West India merchant. He showed so much ability and such a strong predilection for art, that he was permitted to follow the path which he had marked out for himself. He became a student of the Royal Academy, London, and gained first the silver and then the gold medal. He then went to Italy, and remained two years. He settled first in Edinburgh, latterly in Glasgow. Though rich, he followed his profession to the last with great industry, filling up spare time by painting female figures in Italian or Scottish costume. He married, in 1834, Jane, niece and heiress of Andrew Gilbert of Yorkhill. He formed an admirable small collection of pictures by the old masters, which he left to his native city. 

– Memorial Catalogue, Gallery 4.

 

Glasgow Evening Post, Tuesday 4th June 1895, p.7.

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   SINGULAR DEATH OF A SCHOOLBOY. – Adam Johnston, ten years of age, son of James Johnston, miner, Little Raith Colliery houses, Fifeshire, died on Sunday under peculiar circumstances. In the course of Saturday the boy had been at Cowdenbeath, where there was a number of swingboats, &c., and when he returned home in the evening he complained of headache and sore throat. After being bathed he was put to bed, and although he vomited during the night he was not supposed to be seriously ill. In the morning he was found dead. The cause of death has not been ascertained. 

Curious and Interesting Deaths.

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