13th of October

Saints Faustus, Januarius, and Martialis, martyrs, 304. St Gerald, Count of Aurillac or Orillac, confessor, 909. St Colman, martyr, 1012. Seven Friar Minors, martyrs in Marocco, 1220.

Born. – Sophia, Electress of Hanover, mother of George I., 1630, Mayence; Maurice, Marshal Saxe, eminent general, 1696, Dresden; Ferdinand VII., king of Spain, 1784. 
Died. – Claudius, Roman emperor, poisoned, 54 A.D.; Pope Gregory XII., 1417; Pope Pius III., 1503; Theodore Beza, eminent reformer, 1605, Geneva; Joachim Murat, Bonapartist king of Naples, shot, 1815; Antonia Canova, celebrated sculptor, 1822, Venice.

On this Day in Other Sources.

This, which is called, it will be observed, “the first court of recognition,” takes place… Then the instrument goes on to record a proceeding of precisely the same kind… This is called “the second court of recognition.” And once more the whole proceeding is again repeated and recorded word for word at a head court held on the 13th of October [1477], thus completing what the notary calls “rotulamentum tercie curie.” 

– Old Glasgow, pp.56-68.

The Lordship [of Bothwell] was on 13th October, same year [1488], granted to Patrick Lord Hales;.. 

– Select Views, pp.47-52.

On the west side of the Pleasance, and immediately within the south-east angle of the city wall referred to, stood the old Chirurgeons’ Hall, in the High School yards. The surgeons and barbers were formed into a corporation by the town-council..; under the seal of cause, or charter, certain rules were prescribed for the good order of this fraternity. On the 13th of October [1506,] James V. ratified this charter; and Queen Mary, says Arnot, “in consideration of the great attendance required of surgeons upon their patients, granted them an exemption from serving upon juries, and from watching and warding within the city of Edinburgh, privileges which were afterwards confirmed by Parliament.” 

– Old and New Edinburgh, pp.382-384.



xiij October, Stirling.

   Item your collatioun at evin in Kateren Paleis, my Lord Morray with yow, ane point Spenis wyne 

x s.

– Sketches, Appendix VIII.



   RICHT HONORABLE, – I receawed the hundreth merkis fra this berar, for the quhilk I shall indewor to do yowr worship better service heirefter; and as for the picturis quhilk I am yeit to maik I shall do all diligens to get theam with the first occasione, bot it will be in Janvarij befoir I can begin theam, except that I hawe occasione to meit with the pairties in the North, quhair I mynd to stay for tuo monethes; and if ether ther or heir I can be able to do yowr worship service, I shall be moist willing, and ewer to remane your worships servand,  


   EDINBURGH, 13 October [1634.] 

– Sketches, Appendix VII.

2050. Rose (Alexander), D.D. A Sermon, preached before the Right Honourable The Lords Comissioners of His Majesties most Honourable Privy Counsel At Glasgow. 1684.

The occasion of the sermon was the meeting of the Commission of Justiciary at Glasgow, on 13th October, 1684. In the dedication to the Judges the Professor says the “incomparable zeal and dexterity whereby they managed the Court was incredibly to the advantage of a decayed religion and loyalty in this corner.” What they did was to imprison scores of worthy people for refusing to take the test, and to banish 200 of the smaller heritors in the Glasgow district to the Plantations. Walter Gibson,merchant in Glasgow, was the principal agent in effecting the deportation of these unfortunates. 

Alexander Rose, son of the minister of Monymusk, studied divinity in Glasgow under Dr. Gilbert Burnet; became minister of Perth in 1672; professor of Divinity in Glasgow University in 1682; and principal of St. Mary’s College, St. Andrews, in 1686. He was consecrated bishop of Moray in 1687, and translated in the same year to Edinburgh, where he died in 1720. 

– Memorial Catalogue, Gallery 1.

Protest of the Scottish Home Rule Association against the present policy of Official Liberals towards Scotland. 

   I. The proposal to grant a Legislature and Executive Government to Ireland, and withhold them from Scotland is unjust to a loyal, industrious, patient, and intelligent people, and appears to set a premium upon disorder.

    II. If any priority were possible in the granting of Home Rule, then Scotland might claim it first, seeing that in 1707 she was deprived of a real Parliament, which had worked to the satisfaction of the people of Scotland for hundreds of years, whereas the Irish never possessed such a Parliament a Protestant Council, empowered to govern a Roman Catholic country.

   III. The granting of Home Rule to Ireland first, without any promise or guarantee that the claim of Scotland to a Legislature and Executive government will be conceded, would be destructive of the National life of Scotland, and act of treachery towards the Scottish people, and a wilful throwing away of the support of the Irish vote, which in some small degree has tempered the overwhelming vote of the English members on bills relating to Scotland. For as Scotland as such never entered into a Treaty of Union with Ireland, but only with England, whenever Ireland gets a Parliament and Executive of her own, the state of affairs that prevailed before the Union of Great Britain with Ireland is restored, and Scotland would thus be deprived of the whole Irish vote for Scottish Home Rule or any other measure.  

   IV. The retention of the Irish members in the British Parliament after being granted a Legislature of their own would be unjust alike to England, Scotland, and Wales, as the Irish would have a vote on the domestic concerns of the other three countries, while they would have no control of the domestic affairs of Ireland. Even if provision were made for giving the Irish members a vote on Imperial affairs only, they would still be able to exercise control of our business, for, by an indirect vote or by allying themselves with a discontented minority in the British Parliament, they could upset the Government on an Imperial question, and by so doing retard measures relating to Scotland, while their own domestic concerns were secure in their own Legislature. In point of fact, the Irish would become the Masters of the British Parliament!

   V. The Incorporating Union of 1707, against which our forefathers protested and which was passed against the wishes of the vast majority of the Scottish people, having had ample trial, has been found to act unjustly towards Scotland by (a) Altering the Laws of Scotland by English votes against the voice of Scotland’s representatives; (b) Retarding our business and leaving us without any intelligent Government; (c) Enabling the Government of the day to extract from Scotland millions of money more than her just share of the Imperial burdens, and starving all the Institutions in Scotland which go to mould the character and refine the life of a civilised people; (d) Depriving Scotland of the fame derived from the deeds and genius of her own people by encouraging the practice of calling the United Kingdom England, the Government English, the Army and Navy English, in violation of the 1st Article of the Treaty of Union, and thus treating Scotland as an English province.

   VI. These evils can only be removed, and the business of the British Empire properly conducted by Home Rule all round, and whether the Home Rule measures for the four divisions of the country be passed simultaneously or in rotation, is of no moment, since none can come into operation till all are passed. We believe that the vast majority of the people of Scotland are in sympathy with this protest, and we ask the Leaders of the Liberal Party to recognise the right of the Scottish people to manage and control all purely Scottish affairs.

   13th October 1890. 

– How Scotland Lost Her Parliament, Appendix – Note F. 

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