He was to become one of Scotland’s greatest portrait painters.
On this day, 6th of October 1956 Dr Albert Sabin discovered the oral polio vaccine.
On this day , 29th of September 1853, the ‘Annie Jane’ was wrecked close to Vatersay, Outer Hebrides.
Benjamin Franklin,published a hoax letter criticising Britain’s colonial policies in the American colonies.
On the 15th of September 1830 the first passenger died as a result of a railway train incident.
On 8th of September 1932 Patsy Cline, country singer, was born in Winchester Virginia, USA.
On the 1st of September 1914 The last passenger pigeon, a female named Martha, dies in captivity in the Cincinnati Zoo.
On 18 August 1746 Arthur Elphinstone, Lord Balmerino, the Jacobite noble, was executed.
On 4th of August 1901 Louis Armstrong was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
On this day 7th of July in 1814 the novel ‘Waverley’, by Sir Walter Scott, was published.