16 January 1844
St Andrews: Sir David Brewster
This extraordinary man has again commenced, we understand, this session to agitate regarding the election of Rector. He wishes, we are informed, that he should be elected to the Rectorship, although he declared five years ago, and also last session, before the Royal Commissioners and University, that he never would again accept the office, though offered him. The revolutionary efforts of Sir David this session, however, there is reason to believe, will be completely baffled, as the great majority of the students have resolved to maintain and support the laws and customs of the university.
The young men who, by the instigation of Sir David, rebelled last session against the university authority, and were expelled, cost themselves or their relations about £10 each, besides the affront throughout Scotland ere they were restored to the university. It is certainly the duty of the parents and guardians of youth attending the university, to whatever religion or political party they may belong, and whatever may be their admiration of Sir David as a man of science, to admonish those under their charge to beware of following his counsel and advice in the present instance.
[Sir David Brewster was Principal of St Andrews University from 1837 until 1859]
17 January 1850
Drinking at funerals
On the night of the 3d inst, an assault and breach of the peace took place at Catlodge, in the parish of Laggan, arising out of the pernicious custom of drinking at funerals. The body of a man who had died at Breakachy, was removed late that night, on its way to the place of interment in Lochaber, and, in accordance with the usual custom, a liberal supply of drink was afforded to the mourners by the relatives. Some of the party, affected by the quantity they had taken, left the funeral procession at Catlodge, and adjourned to the house of Isabella Macintyre, where they obtained a supply of whisky, and remained till towards morning, when they went out to the road.
A quarrel soon ensued, when Lewis Cameron and Malcolm Macpherson, shepherds at Breakachy, attacked Alexander Macdonald, cartwright at Catlodge, and threw him down. Macdonald, escaping from them, retired to Macintyre's house, but was pursued, and as the door was shut against the shepherds, they broke it open with large stones, and assaulted 'Miss Macintyre', who, with the spirit of Meg Dods, opposed their entrance cudgel in hand. A general and disgraceful riot ensued. Several of the parties sustained injuries, though not to a serious extent; and some of those engaged will no doubt be made to answer for their riotous behaviour.
18 January 1868
Spar Cave, Skye
In our own country, perhaps, the most beautiful natural grotto is the Spar Cave of Skye, so well known now to tourists in the Western Highlands. It lies on the shore of Loch Slapin, in a strongly calcareous sandstone, the decay of which has given rise to many subterranean fissures. Probably the sea may have had something to do with the original hollowing out of this cave: for even now the waves dash into the entrance. A dyke, or wall, of igneous rock has decayed away, and the water which percolates through the sandstone has dissolved the lime and re-deposited it over the roof, walls and floor of the cavern. At one time fantastic knobs of spar clustered along the walls and slim pillars rose to the roof, but that vulgar curiosity unhappily so prevalent among tourists in this country has sadly stripped the Spar Cave of its beauties. Hammers, sticks and stones have chipped away these ornaments piecemeal, and thus, what looked beautiful in its own natural place underground, has been carried off to wear the homely aspect of a mere bit of spar upon some mantelpiece or in a drawer of 'curiosities'.
Glasgow Evening Citizen
19 January 1880
The Dundee Town Council Committee on the Tay Bridge Disaster met this afternoon. The committee were of opinion that search for the bodies should be renewed by small boats; that between 20 and 30 should be engaged; and that the crews be paid 3s, or 3s 6d per man daily; and that a man be appointed to superintend the operations and arrange for the work being carried on systematically. Bailie Laing was instructed to proceed to Tayport and engage the mussel dredgers to perform the work. It was agreed to recommend the railway company to resume diving operations at the bridge, as it is believed that many bodies remain among the debris. The Town-Clerk has telegraphed to Mr Walker, general manager, asking whether the company will bear the expense of these operations.
[The Tay Bridge Disaster happened on Sunday 28 December 1879. Some 60 people were killed.]