9th of October

St Dionysius, or Denis, bishop of Paris, and his Companions, martyrs, 272. St Domninus, martyr, 304. St Guislain, abbot, 681. St Lewis Bertrand, confessor, 1581.

Born. – Michael Cervantes de Saavedra, author of Don Quixote, 1547, Alcala de Henares; Jacob Augustus Thuanus (De Thou), historical writer, 1553, Paris; Charles Comte d’Artois, afterwards Charles X., 1757, Versailles.
Died. – Pope Clement II., 1047; Gabriel Fallopius, eminent botanist, 1562, Padua; Claude Perrault, architect, 1688; Dr James Johnson, medical and miscellaneous writer, 1845, Brighton.

On this Day in Other Sources.

The King being now past tutory, in his own name calls a parliament of the estates of the realm, at Edinburgh, the 9th of October this year [1466]; wherein, amongst many other acts, there were three that mainly concerned the state: 1. that no Englishman have any benefice, [either secular or religious,] in Scotland; 2nd. that [copper] money be coined, [4 to the penny, for the benefit of the poor,] called black farthings; 3rd. that all hospitals within the realm be reformed and reduced to their first foundations, and that they produce their evidences before the Lord Chancellor and his deputes, with the Ordinary of the shire. 

– Historical Works, pp.189-214.

On the 19th, they dined at the Queen’s ferry, and slept, at Edinburgh, where she remained till the 9th of October [1565]. In this excursion, throughout those guilty districts, the Queen undoubtedly, effected some useful purposes; she punished some of the guilty, and encouraged the loyal: She fined those towns, and encouraged others: But, she idly, allowed, during the same time, the insurgents to remain, quietly, in Dumfries, whence they intrigued, with England, and propagated their discontents, in Scotland. 

The King, and Queen, had scarcely returned to their capital, when they perceived that their own weakness of conduct had given strength, and spirit, to the rebels. They issued commands, for their forces, to assemble, at Biggar, on the 9th of October. On the 8th the court set out, for that convenient rendezvous, where they found an army of 18,000 men. 

– Life of Mary, pp.98-126.

As early as the conclusion of the enquiry, at York, secretary Maitland, and the Bishop of Ross, had endeavoured to gain Norfolk, to pity the manifold distresses of the Scotish Queen. They even offered her marriage to him, which he modestly declined; yet, promised not to abandon the Queen of Scots, in her misery, as far as an honourable man could act, in a business so full of danger. Ligon, the duke’s servant, by going often to Bolton castle, though under pretence of visiting the duke’s sister, Lady Scrope, induced Knollys to suspect him of some particular purpose. For more surety, the Scotish Queen was removed from Bolton, which was surrounded by papists, to Tutbury, where she would see fewer friends. So many of the nobles of England were acquainted with this intrigue, that the secret could not be kept. But the embarrassment now consisted, in mentioning so delicate an affair to Elizabeth. The ladies of the court, getting knowledge of what so many knew, communicated to their mistress Norfolk’s love for Mary. The communication was still delayed; and Cecil advised Norfolk to mention the matter himself to the Queen, which would remove suspicion, from her mind. But, Norfolk still delayed, from delicacy. Leicester was involved, in this dangerous business: But, feigning to be sick, was visited, by Elizabeth, who seeing him oppressed with something on his spirits, intimated that he ought to keep no secret from her; And now with many a sigh, and many a pardon asked, Leicester opened the whole matter to her, from the beginning. Elizabeth soon after called Norfolk to her, in the gallery of the palace; chid him much; and commanded him, upon his allegiance, to cease, in future, from such intrigues. But, he was infatuated; and persevering in his ill-fated purpose, he was, in the end, put into ward, and on the 9th of October 1569, was sent to the Tower. 

– Life of Mary, pp.244-251.



The ix day of October being Satterday in Edinburghe.

   Item in John Tamsones house in Litgow this day eftir none as ye lichtit ther, ane point of Spenis wyne 

x s.  

– Sketches, Appendix VIII.

… A proclamation of the 9th of October [1599], charging all them of the name of Ruthven to pass out of the country, in [particular], Alexander, uncle by the father to the said Earl of Gowrie, and his two brothers;.. 

– Historical Works, pp.340-416.

2283. Dunn (Rev. William), A.M. A Sermon preached at the Opening of the Synod of Glasgow and Air, at Glasgow, 9th October, 1792. 1792.

– Memorial Catalogue, Gallery 1.




Edinburgh, October 6th, 1856.

   SIR, – Permit me, through the medium of your columns, to call attention to an innovation in the use of the national armorial bearings by the Inland Revenue department. In accordance, I believe, with a clause in the Treaty of Union, it was always customary, formerly, within the bounds of Scotland, to represent the royal arms quarterly, thus, 1st and 4th, Scotland; 2d, England; 3d, Ireland; the effect of which arrangement was, that it have in Scotland the same precedence to the national arms that the English arms have in England. Latterly, in some of the Government offices, it was thought proper to deviate from this arrangement, and to use the royal arms in Scotland as in England. This, as everybody knows, gave considerable offence to a large portion of the people of Scotland; and (by way of a compromise, I suppose) we are now treated to a different version of the arms, as shown in the embossed stamp of the envelopes recently issued from the office of taxes in Waterloo Place. In this stamp, the quarterings are placed thus – 1st, Scotland; 2d and 3d, England; 4th, Ireland – by which means England is still made to hold two quarters, and Scotland only one. I know not from whom this conception emanated, but surely, Sir, it is time that officials should understand that the people of Scotland will not submit either to compromise or innovation in matters of simple and indisputable right.  

                                                            I am, Sir,  

Your most obedient servant, 


   P.S. – I beg to enclose one of the medallions or stamps to which I allude. [No illustration of stamps given. 

– Edinburgh Evening Courant, Thursday 9th October, 1856.
N.B. The version described as having England with “two quarters” is so wrong I’m not able to find a version of it online. It should’ve been as first described; 
Scotland Royal Arms

– Treaty of Union Articles, 1850-1875. 

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