15 May 1879
Last week our registrar recorded two cases of triplets – the wife of James McIntyre, miner, Crookedholm, having given birth to three boys on the 28th ult, and the wife of Geo. Rowan, Dean Street, foreman to Messrs Blackwood, carpet manufacturers, having given birth to two boys and a girl on Thursday last. The children are all healthy, and the mothers doing well. Between these two registrations there were two cases of twins recorded, and thus we have the remarkable and unprecedented fact of an addition of ten to the population being represented by four successive entries in the register. Only five cases of triple births have occurred in this parish since the Registration Act came into operation, 24 years ago. The total number of births during that time has been 23,537, which gives a triplet to every 4,705 births, or one for every five years; and there has been a yearly average of 11 cases of twins, or one in every 85 births.
16 May 1868
The following story was told by Dr William Arnot, at a soiree in the Rev Sir H W Moncrieff's church in Edinburgh the other evening: Rev Drs Macleod and Watson were in the the West Highlands together on a tour ere leaving for India. While crossing a loch in a boat, in company with a number of other passengers, a storm came on. One of the passengers was heard to say 'that the twa ministers should begin an' pray, or we'll a' be drooned.' 'Na, na,' said the boatman, 'the wee ane can pray if he likes, but the big ane can tak' an oar.'
Aberdeen Evening Express
17 May 1879
The following cure for the gout is taken from an old work: – 1st.
The person must pick a handkerchief from the pocket of a maid of 50 years, who never had a wish to change her condition. 2nd.
He must wash it in an honest miller's pond. 3rd.
He must dry it on the hedge of a person who was never covetous. 4th.
He must send it to a doctor who never killed a patient. 5th.
He must mark it with the ink of a lawyer who never cheated a client. 6th.
Apply it to the part affected, and a cure will speedily follow.
17 May 1850
We believe arrangements have been completed for enlarging the prison at Paisley. The increased accommodation is intended for female prisoners, debtors, and dwelling houses for the prison officials. The estimated expense of the new erection is from £9,000 to £10,000. The contractors for the mason work are Messrs Henderson & Co, of this city. This addition has been rendered imperatively necessary from the crowded state of the cells for a long time past, the necessary rejection of large numbers of criminals, and the consequent expense entailed on the county for their maintenance at Perth.
[Paisley Prison is now closed and the site transformed into the Piazza shopping centre.]
18 May 1870
There was much sickness, and an unusually high mortality in Scotland, during the first quarter of the year 1870. This was sufficiently accounted for by the severe nature of the weather, which has now been proved to be the agent which in Scotland has the most powerful effect in regulating the death rate.
18 May 1850
Novel arrival by post
On Thursday, last week, a gentleman in Edinburgh, received by post from London, the Illustrated News of last week, with a supplement and plan of Rome, when on tearing open the cover and unfolding the paper, a very large mouse was jerked over the staircase, and fell on the lobby floor below. There it lay for some seconds apparently stunned, but just when about to be killed, it recovered, made for the dining room, and after a run round the room, got to earth beneath the grate.
19 May 1873
A prison chaplain being recently required for a Scotch prison, and the choice made, one of the Board said, 'Weel, I've no objections to the man, for I understand he has preached a kirk room (empty) already, and if he be as successful in the jail, he'll maybe preach it vacant as weel.'
Glasgow Evening Citizen
19 May 1866
In a pictorial notice of the New Town Hall at Dumbarton, erected from designs by Messrs Melvin & Leiper of Glasgow, the Illustrated London News of this morning states that 'Dumbarton is well-known for the picturesque situation of its castle on the steep and lofty rock situated at the confluence of the rivers Leven and Clyde, 14 miles above
20 May 1871
A copy of the first edition of Burns' Poems, published in Kilmarnock, 1786, brought £17 at an auction in Glasgow the other day.
Milngavie and Bearsden Herald
20 May 1904
Sir, When so much is being ventilated just now regarding motors and dogs, perhaps stone-throwing by boys in this district should be specially noted and rigorously put down. If a boy sees his own shadow he is up with a stone to throw, and no matter who or what is struck, off goes the stone. It is a most dangerous habit, this mania for stone-pitching, as children may be hurt quite innocently playing by this bad practice. I am, etc.