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10th of November

Saints Trypho and Respicius, martyrs, and Nympha, virgin, 3d and 5th centuries. Saints Milles, bishop of Susa, Arbrosimus, priest, and Sina, deacon, martyrs in Persia, 341. St Andrew Avellino, confessor, 1608.

Born. – Mahomet, or Mohammed, Arabian prophet, founder of Islamism, 570, Mecca; Martin Luther, German reformer, 1483, Eisleben, Saxony; Oliver Goldsmith, poet and dramatist, 1728, Pallasmore, Ireland; Friedrich Scihller, poet and dramatist, 1759, Marbach, Würtemberg.
Died. – Ladislaus VI. of Hungary, killed at Varna, 1444; Pope Paul III. (Alexander Farnese), 1549; Marshal Anne de Montmorency, killed at St Denis, 1567; Isidore Geoffrey St Hilaire, zoologist, 1861; Prince Leopold George Frederick, King of the Belgians, 1865.

On this Day in Other Sources.

The summer fair of Gourock, to continue three days, the other upon the 10th November, O. S., to be called St. Martin’s fair of Gourock.

– Select Views, pp.115-118.

Walter’s successor in the bishopric was the Chancellor, William de Bondington, a courteous, liberal man – vir dapsilis et liberalis in omnibus1 – who was consecrated at Glasgow on the Sunday after the nativity of the Virgin, 1233.2 He is said to have finished the Cathedral.3 He resigned the office of Chancellor about the period of the king’s death. He seems to have preferred his native Borders – not yet a lawless district, uninhabitable for men of peace – and latterly resided much at his pleasant house of Alncrum,4 and died there on the 10th November 1258. He was buried at Melros, near the high altar.5

– Sketches, pp.29-70.

1 Fordun, x. 11.
2 Chron. Mailr.
3 Boece.
4 Many of his charters are dated there. He obtained from Ralf Burnard a right of fuel in his peateries of Faringdun, for the use of his house of Alnecrumbe, to himself and his successors for ever.
5 Chron. Mailr.

[Mary] went to Kelso, where she held a council on the 10th [November, 1566]; as we know from the register.

– Life of Mary, pp.136-151.

Nov. 10 [1579]. – In that unmistrusting reliance on force for religious objects which marked the age, it was enacted in parliament, that each householder worth three hundred merks of yearly rent, and all substantious yeomen and burgesses esteemed as worth five hundred pounds in land and goods, should have a Bible and psalm-book in the vulgar tongue, under the penalty of ten pounds. A few months later (June 16, 1580), one John Williamson was commissioned under the privy seal to visit and search every house in the realm, ‘and to require the sicht of their Bible and psalm-buke, gif they ony have, to be marked with their awn name, for eschewing of fraudful dealing in that behalf.’ – Maitland Club Miscellany.

– Domestic Annals, pp.81-98.

On the 10th of November, 1746, the duke of Cumberland’s troops passed through Banff on their way to Culloden, and signalized themselves by destroying the Episcopal chapel, and hanging a poor countryman whom they suspected of being a spy.

– Gazetteer of Scotland, pp.102-105.

Anno Regni



Magnæ Britanniæ, Franciæ, & Hiberniæ,


At the Parliament begun and holden at Westminster, the Tenth Day of November, Anno Dom. 1747, in the Twenty first Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord GEORGE the Second, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, &c. being the First Session of this present Parliament.


Printed by Thomas Baskett, Printer to the King’s most Excellent

Majesty; and by the Assigns of Robert Baskett. 1748.

Anno vicesimo primo

Georgii II. Regis.


An Act to amend and enforce so much of an Act made in the Nineteenth Year of His Majesty’s Reign, as relates to the more effectual disarming the Highlands in Scotland; and restraining the Use of the Highland Dress, and to Masters and Teachers of private Schools and Chaplains; and to explain a Clause in another Act made in the same Year, relating to Letters of Orders of Episcopal Ministers in Scotland; and to oblige Persons allowed to carry Arms, and the Directors of the Banks there, and certain Persons belonging to, or practising in the Courts of Session and Justiciary, to take the Oaths; and to repeal some Clauses in an Act made in the First Year of the Reign of His late Majesty King George the First, whereby certain Encouragements are given to Landlords and Tenants in Scotland, who should continue in their Duty and Loyalty to His said late Majesty; and for other Purposes therein mentioned.

– Acts Relating to Scotland, George II., 21st Year, Chapter 26, 1747.

At the head of Bailie Fyfe’s Close, No. 107, High Street, there stood a stately old stone tenement, having carved above one of its upper windows a shield bearing two mullets in chief, with a crescent in base – the arms of Trotter, with the initials I. T. I. M., and the date 1612. Elsewhere there was another shield, having the arms of the Parleys of Yorkshire impaled with those of Hay, and the legend Be . Pasient . in . the . Lord, and to this edifice a peculiar interest is attached.

After standing for close on 250 years, it sank suddenly – and without any premonitory symptoms or warning – to the ground with a terrible crash at midnight on the 10th of November, 1861, burying in its ruins thirty-five persons, and shooting out into the broad street a mighty heap of rubbish. A few of the inmates almost miraculously escaped destruction from the peculiar way in which some of the strong oak beams and fragments of flooring fell over them; and among those who did so was a lad, whose sculptured effigy, as a memorial of the event, now decorates a window of the new edifice, with a scroll, whereon are carved the words he was heard uttering piteously to those who were digging out the killed and wounded: “Heave awa, lads, I’m no deid yet!”

– Old and New Edinburgh, pp.235-241.

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