Monthly Archives: March 2017

Could Dr Beeching have been going along the wrong lines?

Back on 23rd December 2016 I told the story of a certain Dr Richard Beeching who, on that day in 1964, was to depart from his post as Chairman of the British Rail Board in the New Year. Well, it was on this day – Wednesday 15th March – in 1961 – that he had […]

The Attempt on the Life of the Queen exactly as reported by The Graphic newspaper on 11th March 1882

INTENSE horror and alarm were created all over the country by the news that, on Thursday last week, an attempt had been made to shoot the Queen, but the assurance which was at the same time circulated that Her Majesty had escaped unhurt tended greatly to allay the excitement, and perhaps to lessen the universal […]

The death of King William III of England

The reign of King William III and his cousin and wife Queen Mary II of England began in 1689.  When Mary died of smallpox in 1694 an inconsolable William had fainted at her bedside.  He continued to rule alone but was far from popular.  A contemporary commented that: ‘He put on some appearance of application […]

It’s March 1947 and still the snow falls

We are now into March 1947 – and not a lot has changed.  On the night of the 4th  there was some heavy snow which left drifts across much of the country, with some lying over 20 ft deep in the Scottish Highlands.  On the 5th one of the worst British blizzards of the 20th […]

An Attempt on the Life of the Queen

Today, as I write this, it is Thursday 2nd March 2017.  What I want to do, though, is to take you back to Thursday, 2nd March 1882 because, on that day, one Roderick McLean attempted to assassinate Queen Victoria at Windsor with a pistol. Apparently McLean’s motive was a curt reply to some poetry that […]

Today is Whuppity Scoorie day in Lanark, Scotland

On the 1st March each year, in the Royal Burgh of Lanark in Scotland, local children gather around the local St Nicholas kirk where, at 6 pm the ‘wee bell’ is rung. This is the starting sign for the children to run around the church in a clockwise direction, making noise and swinging paper balls […]