Monthly Archives: March 2012

Dad Joke of the day

Q – What do you give a train driver for Christmas?
A – Platform shoes.

Dad Joke of the day

Q – What is the definition of a hangover?
A – The wrath of grapes.

Dad Joke of the day

Q – What do you get if you divide the circumference of an apple by its diameter?
A – Apple Pi.

Dad Joke of the day

Q – How do you fix a broken tuba?
A – With a tuba glue.

Dad Joke of the day

Q – Why are graveyards such noisy places?
A – Because of all the coffin.

Dad Joke of the day

Q – What trees do ghosts like best?
A – Ceme-trees.

On This Day…1306

On This Day... 25 March 1306

On this day in 1306 Robert the Bruce was crowned King of Scotland

In August 1296, Robert the Bruce and his father swore fealty to Edward I of England at Berwick-upon-Tweed, but in breach of this oath, which had been renewed at Carlisle, the younger Robert supported the Scottish revolt against King Edward in the following year. On 7 July, Bruce and his followers made terms with Edward by a treaty called the Capitulation of Irvine. The Scottish lords were not to serve beyond the sea against their will, and were pardoned for their recent violence in return for swearing allegiance to King Edward. The Bishop of Glasgow, James the Steward, and Sir Alexander Lindsay became sureties for Bruce until he delivered his infant daughter Marjorie as a hostage. This he never did, and he was soon actively fighting for the Scots again.

Shortly after the Battle of Stirling Bridge, Bruce again defected to the Scots; he laid waste to Annandale and burned the English-held castle of Ayr. Yet, when King Edward returned to England after his victory at the Battle of Falkirk, Annandale and Carrick were excepted from the Lordships and lands which he assigned to his followers.

William Wallace resigned as Guardian of Scotland after the Battle of Falkirk. He was succeeded by Robert Bruce and John Comyn as joint Guardians, but they could not see past their personal differences. As a nephew and supporter of King John, and as someone with a serious claim to the Scottish throne, Comyn was Bruce’s enemy.
In the late summer of 1305 in a secret agreement sworn, signed and sealed, John Comyn agreed to forfeit his claim to the Scottish throne in favour of Robert Bruce upon receipt of the Bruce lands in Scotland should an uprising occur led by Bruce.

Comyn betrayed his agreement with Bruce to King Edward I, and when Bruce arranged a meeting for February 10, 1306 with Comyn in the Church of Greyfriars in Dumfries and accused him of treachery, they came to blows. Bruce killed Comyn in Dumfries before the high altar of the church of the monastery. Bruce was subsequently excommunicated as a result, less for the murder than for its location. From that moment on Robert the Bruce had no option but to become King or become a fugitive. Against that backdrop he asserted his claim to the Scottish throne.

Six weeks after Comyn was killed in Dumfries, Bruce was crowned King of Scots by Bishop William de Lamberton at Scone, the traditional seat of the Kings of Scotland. The royal robes and vestments which Robert Wishart had hidden from the English were brought out by the Bishop and set upon King Robert. The bishops of Moray and Glasgow were in attendance as well as the earls of Atholl, Menteith, Lennox, and Mar. The great banner of the kings of Scotland was planted behind his throne.

Isabella MacDuff, Countess of Buchan and wife of John Comyn, Earl of Buchan (a cousin of the murdered John Comyn) arrived the next day, too late for the coronation, so a second coronation was held and once more the crown was placed on the brow of Robert Bruce, Earl of Carrick, Lord of Annandale, King of the Scots.

Dad Joke of the day

Q – How does an octopus go to war?
A – Well armed.

On This Day…1603

On This Day... 24 March 1603

On this day in 1603 Queen Elizabeth I died drawing the Tudor Dynasty to an end.

Elizabeth was the only child of the marriage between Henry VIII and his second wife Anne Boleyn.  She was born on 7 September 1533.  Her mother was beheaded having been found guilty of High Treason two and a half years later.

Elizabeth became Queen, on the death of her half-sister Queen Mary I, on 17 November 1558 and reigned for 44 years, the longest reign of any Tudor monarch.

Queen Elizabeth’s health remained fair until the autumn of 1602, when a series of deaths among her friends plunged her into a severe depression. In February 1603, the death of Catherine Howard, Countess of Nottingham, the niece of her cousin and close friend Catherine, Lady Knollys, came as a particular blow and in March, Elizabeth fell sick and remained in a “settled and unremovable melancholy” from which she never recovered.

Queen Elizabeth I, the last of the Tudor monarchs, died on at between 2 and 3 am on 24 March 1603 at Richmond Palace. A few hours later King James VI of Scotland was proclaimed King James I of England and the Stuart dynasty in England was established.

Dad Joke of the day

Q – Why don’t bakers share thier bread recipes freely?
A – Because they are exchanged on a kneed-to-know basis only.

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