28th of June

St Irenæus, Bishop of Lyons, martyr, 202. Saints Plutarch, Serenus, Hero, and others, martyrs, beginning of 3rd century. Saints Potamiana or Potamiena, and Basilides, martyrs, 3rd century. St Leo II., pope and confessor, 683.

 

Born. – Sir Peter Paul Rubens, artist, 1577, Cologne; Jean Jacques Rousseau, 1712, Geneva
Died. – Alphonso V. of Arragon, ‘the Magnanimous, 1458; Abraham Ortelius, Dutch geographer, 1598, Antwerp; Maurice, Duc de Noailles, French commander, 1766.

 

On this Day in Other Sources.

 

John Morow can now be identified with the John Murray who first appears in the pages of history, on his inclusion in the lease of Lewinshop and Hangandshaw in Ettrick with Patrick his father, before 28th June, 1479.1

– Scots Lore, pp.364-374. 

1  Ex. Rolls, viii. p. 583.

 

Through the disguise of her apparel, Lord Scroope, and Sir Frances Knollys, saw, that she was an elegant woman. Knollys wrote to Cecil: “Surely, she is a rare woman: For, as no flattery can abuse her; so no plain speech seems to offend her, if she thinks the speaker an honest man.” In another letter from Knollys to Cecil of the 28th of June, [1568,] he says: “So that now here are six waiting women, although none of reputation, but Mistress Mary Seaton, who is praised, by this Queen, to be the finest busker, that is to say, the finest dresser of a woman’s head of hair, that is to be seen, in any country; whereof we have seen divers experiences, since her coming hither: And, among other pretty devices, yesterday, and this day, she did set such a curled hair upon the Queen, that was said to be a perewyke, that showed very delicately: And, every other day, she hath a new device of head dressing, without any cost, and yet setteth forth a woman gaylie well.” 

– Life of Mary, pp.184-206.

 

These books have a great additional interest from mentioning the guests visiting the family, and occasionally domestic occasions of more sumptuous housekeeping.1

– Sketches, pp.341-394. 

1  Thus, at Finlarg, “beginnand the 28 of Junii 1590, and spendit till the 5 of Julii; the Laird and Ladie present, my Lord Bothwall, the Erle Monteth, my Lord Inchechaffray, with sindrie vther strangers.”

 

But besides such gratuities there appear to have been both “fees” and perquisites paid to the provosts and bailies. Thus in 1573-4 there occurs an entry of a payment “to my lord provost for his fie xiij lib. vjs. viijd. (£2, 4s. 6d.) and to thrie of the bailies for their fies xx lib.” (about £1, 18s. each). And from a subsequent minute of council it appears that each year were given to the provost, “quhilk hesbein in vse thairof of befoir.”1

– Old Glasgow, pp.215-237. 

1  28th June, 1595.

 

In the following year “it is ordanit that xij merchandis, and tuelf of craftis nameit and warneit, attend on the sereff the tyme of the fair with sword halbert and steilbonnet.”1

– Old Glasgow, pp.276-289. 

1  28th June, 1606.

 

On 28th June, 1633, an act of parliament was passed in favour of the burgh [Glasgow] confirming its charters. It proceeded on a narrative, among other things, of the expense which the community had borne in making the river navigable for ships and boats “to the advancement of the common weal of the kingdom,” and in “beitting, repairing, and upholding the bridge, which was a very profitable means for the establishment of commerce.”1

– Scots Lore, pp.15-29. 

1  1633, c.79. Acts of Parliament v. 87-89.

 

It was not till 1662 that the street from the West Port to St. Enoch Square was causewayed. Before that time St. Enoch’s Burn was an open limpid stream running across the highway,  unspanned by any bridge, and in that year the magistrates appointed “ane handsome little brige with ane pen to be put over St Tenowes burne, and that the casay be brought in therfra to the West Port; and recommends to the Mr of Wark to send for the calsay layer in Rutherglen to do the work.1

– Old Glasgow, pp.289-299. 

1  28th June, 1662.

 

In a cart, bareheaded, and heavily manacled, [Richard Rumbold] was conveyed from the Water Gate to the Castle, escorted by Graham’s City Guard, with drums beating, and on the 28th of June [1685] he was hanged, drawn, and quartered, at the Cross, where his heart was torn from his breast, an exhibited, dripping and reeking, by the executioner, on the point of a plug-bayonet, while he exclaimed, “Behold the heart of Richard Rumbold, a bloody English traitor and murderer!” According to Wodrow and others, his head, after being placed on the West Port, was sent to London on the 4th of August, while his quarters were gibbeted in the four principal cities in Scotland. 

– Old and New Edinburgh, pp.47-66.

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