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A very historical day! Thanks Stu!

I'm going to put this on Facebook, if you don't mind.

Stirling Thompson:
On September 21 1745 Prince Charles Edward Stuart emerged victorious at the Battle of Prestonpans. The Jacobite army of just over 3,000 under Bonnie Prince Charlie heavily defeated the English Royal forces led by Sir John Cope. This episode gave rise to the famous Jacobite song Johnnie Cope.


On this day in 1756 John McAdam, the surveyor who introduced the macadam system of road surfacing, was born in Ayr.

MacAdam spent his childhood in New York but returned to Scotland in 1783 having made enough money to purchase an estate in Ayrshire. He noticed that the roads on the estate were in very poor condition and undertook a series of experiments to find a better material to surface roads with. MacAdam moved to the south coast of England in 1798 after being forced to sell his estate to pay business debts, where he continued his experiments and in 1815 was appointed Surveyor to the Bristol Roads.

His works, Remarks on the Present System of Road-Making (1816) and A Practical Essay on the Scientific Repair and Preservation of Roads (1819) document his work and a parliamentary enquiry of 1823 led to the adoption of his ideas by public authorities.


The novelist and poet Sir Walter Scott died aged 61 on this day in 1832.

Walter Scott was born in Edinburgh in 1771 but was sent to live on his grandfather's farm near Kelso after he contracted poliomyelitis at the age of 18 months. He stayed there until 1777, and it is thought that it during his period of convalescence that he absorbed the historical and literary culture of the Borders, having heard the traditional ballads and legends about the Border heroes and reivers. Scott is best known for his novels such as The Heart of Midlothian, Ivanhoe, Rob Roy, and The Fair Maid of Perth. However, he also published translations, reviewed extensively, and wrote historical tracts. Regarded in his day as one of the greatest writers, Scott's reputation since then has been subject to intense scrutiny and he has been criticised for presenting a mythical, overly romantic image of Scotland.

MICHAEL the Canadian:
Great Stuff Stu, Chery LL , It is great to step back in history . Stu i am just watching the show OUTLANDER where a women name Claire is transported back in time to the era where the Mackenzie s are collecting taxes in the highlands and also collecting money from the same villagers for the Jacobite army, at the moment the show is 3 years before the battle of Culloden april 16 , 1745. It is interesting for this to be here at the same time I am watching a show that relates back to the same time period. thanks for the history lessons.

MICHAEL the Canadian:
Sorry date of battle was april 16,1746

Stirling Thompson:
On this day in 1947 the paddle steamer Waverley was launched from A. & J. Inglis's yard on the Clyde. The Waverley is the last sea-going paddle steamer in the world. She was in danger of de-comissionning in the early 70s, but in 1974 she was bought by enthusiasts from the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society for the bargain price of one pound from owners CalMac.

She underwent a major rebuild in 2000, and passengers can still cruise the Clyde from Glasgow to Dunoon and the isles of Bute and Arran during the summer months.


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