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24th of October

St Felix, bishop and martyr, 303. St Proclus, confessor, archbishop of Constantinople, 447. St Magloire, bishop and confessor, about 575.

Born. – Sir James Mackintosh, politician and miscellaneous writer, 1765, Aldourie, Inverness-shire.
Died. – Hugh Capet, king of France, 996; Tycho Brahe, celebrated astronomer, 1601, Prague; Professor John McCullagh, scientific writer, 1847, Dublin; Daniel Webster, American statesman, 1852, Marshfield, Massachusetts.

On this Day in Other Sources.

This year, 1360, brings forth a peace between the English and French; Edward [of Woodstock], the Black Prince, having cudgelled the French to what conditions [he] himself [was] pleased to propose. At last, by the mediation and good counsel of [Henry of Grosmont] the Duke of [Lancaster], especially, concludes it the 8th day of May, which peace was ratified and sworn at Calais, the 24th of October; and immediately is John [II.], King of France, released from the English captivity, and returns to Paris. 

– Historical Works, pp.104-124.

From the trial in 1514, the year after Flodden, of “ane quit for slauchter in his awin defence,” we learn that Walter Chepman was Dean of Guild for the City. 

“The 24th day of October, anno suprascript [year specified above], Alexander Livingstone indytit [indicted] and accusit for the art and pairt of the creuall slauchter of umquhile [deceased] Jak, upoun the Burrowmuir of Edinburgh in this month of September by-past. Thai beand removit furth of court, and again in enterit, they fand and deliverit the said Alexander quit and innocent of ye [þe / the] said slauchter, because thai clearlie knew it was in his pure defence. John Livingstoune petiit instrumenta [the tools he asked]. Testibus Patricio Barroun et Johanne Irland, Ballivis, Magistro Jacobo Wischeart de Pitgarro, clerico Justiciario S.D.N. Regis, Waltero Chepman Decano Gild, Johanne Adamson juniore, Jacobo Barroun, Patricio Flemyng, et multis aliis [and many others].” 

This, says Arnot, is the earliest trial to be found in the records of the city of Edinburgh. 

– Old and New Edinburgh, pp.253-258.

On the abolition of Episcopacy it might be supposed that all ecclesiastical matters would fall under the cognizance and control of the presbytery, but this was by no means the case. There were no parochial sessions till the middle of the seventeenth century, but in the General Kirk Session, instituted in 1572, a power arose which appears to have been at first above both presbytery and corporation. Its rule was despotic, and it claimed and exercised powers which would not be credited if we had not the records before us. They sat in secret conclave – the whole elders and deacons, being “sworn, with uplifted hands, to reveal nothing that shall be voted in the session, nor the voters.”1 The original books of the session are unfortunately lost, but copious extracts from them had been made by Wodrow, and they are preserved in his unpublished “Life of Mr. David Weemes,” the manuscript of which is in the library of the university. From these we obtain a curious picture of social life in Glasgow in those olden times. 

– Old Glasgow, pp.189-215.

1  Session Records, 24th October, 1588.



xxiiij October [1591] being Sonday in Stirling.

   Item the Laird come at x hours at evin to Stirling, Johne Calder and Wattie Boquhannan with him with sindrie utheris that sat at the buird, the gud [wife] tuik for your meit onlie 

xxiiij s.

– Sketches, Appendix VIII.

2620. Letter from the Earl of Perth to Provost Cochrane, asking safe conduct for Mr. Lockhart, who has orders to enlist young men. Edinburgh, 24th October, 1745.

– Memorial Catalogue, Gallery 1.

October 24, 1857., p.170. 



LAST night, Mr Butt, in passing through Greenock, en route, for Ireland, received quite an ovation. It having become known that Mr Butt was to proceed from Greenock per Belfast mail-steamer Llania, bills were posted throughout the town calling on all true Irishmen to assemble at the station, and welcome the great champion of Home Rule. Over a thousand persons were present when the train arrived, and Mr Butt was loudly cheered. The band of the Port-Glasgow Young Men’s Catholic Society was present, and as Mr Butt took his seat in an open carriage, the band played “See the Conquering Hero Comes,” and marched in front of it to the pier. On arriving there, Mr Butt stood up and thanked the crowd for the enthusiastic welcome they had given him. He might say that since he visited this noble river, the noblest thing he had seen on it was the sword of Wallace in Dumbarton Castle. It was the emblem of Scotland’s liberty – (great cheers) – and reminded him how Wallace and Bruce had gained Scottish independence. It also should show them that Scotland must sympathise much with Ireland. He would just say – “God save Scotland” – (cheers) – and as he was going home to his native land, he would add – “God save Ireland.” (Cheers.) God save Ireland, say we all. (Great cheers.) 

He then proceeded on board the steamer, amidst enthusiastic cheers, and as the vessel left the pier the band struck up “The Boatie Rows.” One of the gentlemen who had accompanied Mr Butt from Glasgow then addressed the crowd, thanking them for their hearty reception of Mr Butt, and alluding to their duty as Irishmen of remembering their native land, and striving to assist their brethren in obtaining that Home Rule without which Ireland would never be a free country.” 

Thursday 24 October 1872, p. 3. 

– Scots Lore, pp.280-282.






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