3rd of December

St Lucius, king and confessor, end of second century. St Francis Xavier, Apostle of the Indies, confessor, 1552.

Born. – Luigi Pulci, Italian poet, 1431, Florence; John Gruter, eminent scholar and critic, 1560, Antwerp.
Died. – Alexander Farnese, Duke of Parma, distinguished commander, 1592; Giovanni Belzoni, explorer of Egyptian antiquities, 1823, Gato, in Guinea; Frederick VI., king of Denmark, 1839; Christian Rauch, sculptor, 1857, Dresden.

On this Day in Other Sources.

The Duke of Albany, advertised of the intestine discords among the nobility in Scotland, resolves to return, and lands at Gairloch, in Galloway, the third of December, this year, 1521, and from thence to Edinburgh, the 9th of this same month. 

– Historical Works, pp.238-275.

On the 3rd of December [1595, James VI.] again proscrived and exiled [Margaret Douglas, the Countess of Bothwell], under the pain of death: yet gave her a letter of protection under his own hand, within 6 days thereafter.  

– Historical Works, pp.340-416.

In 1659 there occurs the following minute: “The same day for preventing of the great hurt and damage in the futur quhairof sundrie inhabitants hes fand the smart heirtofoir throw the breking of thair houssis and buithes be thiefes: it is therfor heirby statute and ordained that ane watch be keipit nightly heirefter, to be set ilk night be the baillies in dew tyme, vicissim, to consist of sik ane convenient number as they sall think meet.” This is ordained to be made known “be touk of drum,” and every man, or a substitute, is ordered to come out under a penalty.1

– Old Glasgow, pp.289-299.

1  3d Dec. 1659.

Rome Decemb. 3 [1661]

The two Kings of France and Spain are like to concern themselves to have the Pope restore Castro to the Duke of Parma, that of Comacho to Modena, and Montefelto to the Duke of Florence; But it is thought the Camera Apostolico will hazard a War, rather then part with such considerable morsels. 

Mercurius Caledonius.

The letters of Sir John Dalrymple from the court at London during the remainder of the year show that he grudged these terms to the Highland Jacobites, and would have been happy to find that a refusal of them justified harsher measures. It was all the better that the time of grace expired in the depth of winter, for ‘that,’ said he (letter to Colonel Hamilton, December 3, 1691), ‘is the proper season to maul them, in the cold long nights.’ 

– Domestic Annals, pp.342-354.

Glasgow Evening Citizen, Thursday 3rd December 1868, p.3. 



   This morning about 8 o’clock a gentleman named Morton observed a young woman sitting in a peculiar position outside of the kitchen window of Mrs. Stevens, at a height of two storeys, in the fine block of buildings situated at the corner of India-street, and entering by 334 St. Vincent-street. The girl was motionless, and appeared to be holding on grimly by the water-rhone leading down the building. Mr. Morton obtained the assistance of two police-constables, and rescued the girl from her perilous position. She was quite oblivious at the moment. Dr. McEwan attended her, and latterly also Dr. Johnston; but up till noon no efforts had succeeded in restoring her to consciousness. It appears that the girl has been employed only during a few days as a domestic servant in the house of a Mr. Ballingall, in the flat above (or third storey of the building), the window of which was observed to be open. But how the young woman, who seems about 20 years of age, and is named Ann Fay, attained the ledge of the window on the flat below is as yet an extraordinary mystery, if it is not to be explained by somnambulism. there seems, however, no reason to doubt that the young woman had been timeously rescued from imminent death.

Curious and Interesting Deaths.

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