Monthly Archives: October 1997

(7)  Football Pools and Sponsiones Ludicrae

Members of a football pools syndicate thought that they had won a £2.5 million jackpot on the Littlewoods pools, but then discovered that the Littlewoods collector had never passed their coupon on to the company and had stolen their stake-money. … Continue reading

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(6)  Trouble in the Tenement

On 29 November 1996 James Baxter, a rope access technician, was convicted in the High Court of Justiciary at Edinburgh of inciting a workmate to murder his tenement neighbour in Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh. It appeared that for over a year … Continue reading

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(5)  Judicial appointments (2)

The Lord Justice Clerk, Lord Ross, announced his decision to retire in January 1997. He was succeeded by Lord Cullen, who became well-known through his chairmanship of the inquiries into the Piper Alpha disaster and the shootings at Dunblane Primary … Continue reading

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(4)  Over the Sea to Skye (1)

The Skye Bridge linking the island to Kyle of Lochalsh opened in 1995, replacing the former ferry. The ferry charge immediately before the opening of the bridge was £5.40 each way. On the bridge there is a summer and a … Continue reading

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(3)  Judicial appointments

On 12 July 1996, Hazel Aronson QC became the first woman to be appointed to a permanent seat on the Court of Session bench, taking the judicial title Lady Cosgrove. She had previously been a sheriff in Glasgow and, from … Continue reading

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(2)  The Stone of Destiny: cultural restitution

On 4 July 1996 the Prime Minister announced the return to Scotland of the Stone of Destiny (the Lia Fail). Scottish kings were inaugurated on this stone at Scone near Perth until 1296, when it was removed to Westminster by … Continue reading

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