The Daily Thistle – Historical News From Scotland
Friday 28th September 2018
"Madainn Mhath” …Fellow Scot, I hope the day brings joy to you…. Well, It's cut and paste weather for the next five days at least, 16c at night and 26/8c day with blue, blue skies and not a cloud in sight.. which means the early morning walk is done under a heaven full of twinkling stars and other heavenly bodies.. Bella and I love this time of the year, not too hot and not too cold..
28 September 1928: Alexander Fleming discovers penicillin.
28 September 1396: The Battle of the Inch, or the Battle of the Clans, is organised on Perth's North Inch by King Robert III in an effort to end a long standing feud between the Kay and Chattan Clans.
29 September 1952 John Cobb made an attempt at the world water-speed record on Loch Ness which ended in tragedy as the boat crashed and Cobb was killed.
On this day in history George Buchanan died in Edinburgh in 1582 and was buried in Greyfriars Kirkyard, he lived from February 1506 to 28 September 1582. He was a historian and scholar who was persecuted for his Protestant views.
George Buchanan, a Gael from Kilearn, was one of Europe's most brilliant Renaissance scholars. He worked and travelled across the continent and was ‘the’ Latin poet and philosopher of his age. On the return of Mary, Queen of Scots, he acted as her court poet, but he was also a convinced Calvinist and a moderator of the Church of Scotland.
Through his books Buchanan came up with a very radical justification for the overthrow of Mary, Queen of Scots. He asserted that the ancient Gaelic Kings of Scotland had been elected and not divinely appointed. Hence they were subject to the law of Scotland and not above it. So, if a monarch broke his or her contract with the people and became a tyrant, then in law, the people, by which he meant the Scots nobility, were entitled to depose that monarch. In Buchanan's view, Mary had broken her contract and had been legally deposed, but, just in case this argument failed to convince the people, he also started the myth of Mary’s promiscuous love-life and accused her of being a whore.
Buchanan’s ideas would go on to form the basis of the covenanting revolution of the 17th century, but for decades these ideas were eclipsed by those of his illustrious protégé, King James VI of Scotland. Buchanan was appointed tutor to the young James VI in the hope that he would create a godly prince who would obey the congregation and serve the Protestant church. James went on to share his tutor's enthusiasm for Latin and Protestantism, but he rejected any idea of his kingship being subject to the law.
On that note I will say that I hope you have enjoyed the news from Scotland today,
Our look at Scotland today is of fishing boats in the harbour in Helmsdale, Sutherland , Scotland the area of Scotland my family are from ....
A Sincere Thank You for your company and Thank You for your likes and comments I love them and always try to reply, so please keep them coming, it's always good fun, As is my custom, I will go and get myself another mug of "Colombian" Coffee and wish you a safe Friday 28th September 2018 from my home on the southern coast of Spain, where the blue waters of the Alboran Sea washes the coast of Africa and Europe and the smell of the night blooming Jasmine and Honeysuckle fills the air…and a crazy old guy and his dog Bella go out for a walk at 4:00 am…on the streets of Estepona…
All good stuff....But remember it’s a dangerous world we live in
Be safe out there…