07 January 1800: storm
January 1800 was long remembered for a ‘Great Storm’ that battered the East Coast for three weeks. The gales blew from the southeast, driving vessels against the rocky Aberdeenshire coast. On the seventh January, eleven ships were driven ashore, mainly to the north of Aberdeen. One of the vessels was the Swedish brig Phaeton, which carried French passengers. Despite being at war with France, the British government ordered that these shipwrecked Frenchmen were to be shipped back to the continent. There was still humanity, even in wartime. In all, thirty ships were wrecked on the North East Coast during this storm.
1451: at the behest of King James II and Bishop William Turnbull, a bull of Pope Nicholas V established the University of Glasgow.
1978: during a fireman’s strike the 100 bedroom Grosvenor Hotel in Glasgow destroyed by fire. Sixty soldiers could not put out fire.