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8th of July

St Procopius, martyr, about 303. Saints Kilian, Colman, and Totnan, martyrs, 688. Blessed Theobald, abbot of Vaux de Cernay, 1247. St Elizabeth, queen of Portugal, 1336.

Born. – John de la Fontaine, French writer of tales and fables, 1621, Château-Thierry
Died. – Peter the Hermit, preacher of the first Crusade, 1115; Pope Gregory XV., 1623; Second Marshal Villeroi, 1730; Jean Pierre Niceron, useful writer, 1738, Paris; Jean Baseillac (Frere Côme), eminent French lithotomist, 1781; Torbern Bergmann, Swedish chemist and naturalist, 1784, Medevi, near Upsala; Edmund Burke, statesman, orator, and miscellaneous writer, 1797, Beaconsfield, Bucks.

On this Day in Other Sources.

Angus, the lord of Argyle, who had usually paid homage to the king of Norway for some of the Hebrides, having refused his homage to the Scottish king, Alexander marched an army against him to enforce obedience, but his Majesty died on his journey in Kerreray, a small island near the coast of Argyle, on the eighth day of July, twelve hundred and forty-nine, in the fifty-first year of his age, and the thirty-fifth of his reign. 

– History of the Highlands, pp.144-162.

By Edward’s order some of the records were left in the Castle under the care of Basset, but all the most valuable documents were removed to England, where those that showed too clearly the ancient independence of Scotland were carefully destroyed, or tampered with, and others were left to moulder in the Tower of London.

On the 8th of July, 1292, we find Edward again at Edinburgh, where, as self-styled Lord Paramount, he received within the chapel of St. Margaret the enforced oath of fealty from Adam, Abbot of Holyrood; John, Abbot of Newbattle; Sir Brian le Jay, Preceptor of the Scottish Templars; the Prior of St. John of Jerusalem; and Christina, Prioress of Emanuel, in Stirlingshire. 

– Old and New Edinburgh, pp.21-26.

When we inspect the treaty, which followed that supposititious power, we find a grant, from the French ambassadors, who had no authority, of the Queen’s sovereignty to the Scotish insurgents; and instead of pardon, and forgiveness, to those unworthy characters, we see the whole constitution changed, in their favour. No one, in Britain, or in France, has ever seen the original treaty; we only perceive a certified copy, by men, who were in the habit of forgery, at the request of Cecil, which is only another name, for artifice. The persons, who thus gave a certified copy of the Scotish branch of the Edinburgh treaty, ought to have deposited the original, in the archives of Scotland. Cecil, and Wotton, stated the substance of its contents, in their letter to Elizabeth, on the 8th of July, 1560, from Edinburgh; and of course, became responsible, for the existence of such a treaty.  

– Life of Mary, pp.15-41.

Taken seriatim, the records of the Tolbooth contain volumes of entries made in the following brief fashion:- 


“- July 8 [1662]. – Katherine Reid; hanged for theft. 

“- July 8. – Sir Archibald Johnston of Warriston; treason. Hanged, his head cut off and placed on the Netherbow.” 

– Old and New Edinburgh, pp.123-138.




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