Above painting: Louis Jean Francois - Mars and Venus an Allegory of Peace


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Thursday, October 1, 2015

This Week in History: 9/28 - 10/4

Time for your weekly history lesson!
What happened this week in Scottish history?

September 28, 1396: After a failed attempt to assuage a feud between clans, between clans Chattan and Kay, a staged battle was planned on the North Inch, Dundee & Perth, called "Battle of the Clans” (possibly by Sir David de Lindsay) which happened in front of King Robert III and his wife, Annabella. The battle resulted in many deaths, and Clan Chattan was the victor.

September 29, 1621: Sir William Alexander of Menstrie was granted a charter to colonize Nova Scotia.

September 30, 1928: Sir Alexander Fleming, bornin Ayrshire, Scotland and working as a  Professor of Bacteriology at St. Mary's Hospital in London, announces his discovery of penicillin—an introduction to antibiotics and treatment for infections for which there had been no treatment before.

October 1, 1763: The contract was signed to build the North Bridge in Edinburgh, linking the "old town" to the "new town". 

October 2, 1263: The Battle of Largs. The Vikings invading Scotland were defeated.

October 3, 1357: The Treaty of Berwick was signed, which freed King David II from the English who had imprisoned him.

October 4, 1883: Sir William Alexander Smith, a Sunday School teacher and an army officer founded The Boys Brigade was established in Glasgow. It was the first uniformed youth organization in the world, and is now in 60 different countries. The mission of the brigade: “the advancement of God's Kingdom among boys and the promotion of habits of reverence, discipline, self-respect, and all that tends towards a true Christian manliness”.

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