Events This Week in Scottish History

30 May 1847 Thomas Chalmers, first Moderator of the Free Church
of Scotland died.
31 May 1367  
Robert III married Annabel Drummond.
31 May 1756 Dr James Currie, biographer of Robert Burns, born.
1 June  1679
The Covenanters defeated John Graham of Claverhouse at Drumclog.
1 June 1843
Dr Henry Faulds, pioneer of fingerprinting, was born in Beith, Ayrshire.
1 June 1878
The first Tay rail bridge, which was to collapse 18 months later, opened.
2 June 1581  
James Douglas, 4th Earl of Morton, was beheaded in Edinburgh's Grassmarket, having been found guilty of the murder of Lord Darnley.
2 June 1953
Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II

3 June 1726  
James Hutton, father of modern geology, was born.
3 June 1774  
The Poet Robert Tannahill was born in Paisley.
3 June 1863
Neil Munro, novelist and poet, perhaps best known for his "Para Handy" stories, born in Inverary.
4 June 1792 The King's Birthday Riots took place in Edinburgh.
5 June 1592
Act of the Scottish Parliament came into force "concerning the Office of Lyoun King of Armes and his brether Heraldis" judged the best regulated system of heraldry in Europe. This became The Court of the Lord Lyon.
5 June 1723

Adam Smith, known as "the father of economics", author of the "The Wealth of Nations" was born in Kirkcaldy.
5 June 1916
The loss of "HMS HAMPSHIRE" off Marwick Head, Orkney, with the loss of 660 lives, including Lord Kitchener. Only 12 survived.
6 June 1838
Thomas Blake Glover, "The Scottish Samurai", born in Fraserburgh.
6 June 1944
D-Day Landings in Normandy. The Allies including 75,000 British and Canadian Seaborne, 57,500 US Seaborne and 20,000 Airborne Troops landed in Normandy. 2009, 65th Anniversary.
BBC - Press Office - D-Day facts
7 June 1329 Heart
Robert the Bruce died at his manor near Cardross, Dumbarton.  He was buried at Dunfermline Abbey, and his heart was removed and embalmed. As recorded in 14th Century John Barbour's "The Bruce",   as the Bruce requested, his heart was to be taken to Jerusalem by Sir James Douglas, known as "The Black Douglas" , accompanied by Sir William St Clair of Roslin, Sir Robert and Sir Walter Logan, Sir William Keith, Sir Alan Cathcart and Sir Symon Loccard of Lee, and one other knight unnamed. Sir James Douglas was killed at the Battle of Teba, on 25th August, 1330, giving rise to the "Braveheart" story.
An embalmed heart, thought to be that of Robert the Bruce was discovered at Melrose Abbey in 1921, re-located in 1996 and re-interred in 1998 marked with a memorial which reads "A Nobel Hart May Have Nane Ease Gif Freedom Failye."  written by John Barbour in 1375,  which translates, "A noble heart can know no ease without freedom."

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