Another 10 More Morsels Of Trivia About Scotland
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Another 10 More Morsels Of Trivia About Scotland

10 morsels of trivia about Scotland.

1. King James VI would have been proud today of the smoking ban as he thought smoking was 'loathsome to the eye, hateful to the nose and harmful to the brain'. Although King James VI would have loved to ban smoking there was one time he was quite happy to smell the aroma of cigarettes - taking shelter from a storm in a pig-sty, King James VI ordered his comrades to light up to mask the smell!

2. Rob Roy MacGregor may have been one of the biggest names in Scottish history but the man himself, according to reports, was only 5ft 5 tall!

3. German born Prince Albert was so in love with Scotland that when he, and his wife Queen Victoria, first went to Balmoral Castle he decided to design tartan wallpaper and carpets for the castle!

4. A chaplain of the Marquis of Montrose had been found guilty for his parts in his master's exploits, his sentence was to face the gallows. The chaplain always maintained his innocence and was sure he was going to be pardoned. On the gallows he was asked for a final psalm and chose Number 19, the longest psalm, to be read out. By the time it was three quarters read orders came through that he was to be pardoned and he was set free!

5. Andrew Carnegie may have gone on to be one of the richest men ever - he spent £500,000 on church organs throughout his life - but it didn't start out like that. When Carnegie's parents decided to emigrate to America they couldn't afford the boat to New York and ended up borrowing the £200 fare from a friend!

6. In the good old days, when the Charles Rennie Mackintosh building in Glasgow was home to the newspaper the Glasgow Herald, a pigeon loft was part of the building, its use was to house the pigeons that carried despatches from local football matches!

7. There were many famines in Scotland in the 18th century and many people died. A clever ploy was used to bury the unfortunate souls cheaply and with little dignity. A special coffin was made that had a hinged floor and spilled the bodies in to the grave - allowing the coffin to be used again and again and again...

8. In the days of the Resurrectionists (that's body snatchers to you and me), Scottish graveyards were dangerous places. Many families, wishing to protect the grave of their loved one, set gun traps operated by trip wires. Many of the Resurrectionists were killed or injured by this technique.

9. In the late 16th century a man called Thomas Lorn was warned by the Provost of Aberdeen if he did again he would suffer the death penalty. His crime? Not returning to his family for 7 weeks!

10. A very powerful tremor was felt in Glasgow in 1984 - at the very same time as Radio 2 was playing the Beach Boys classic Good Vibrations!

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