James Douglas, 4th Earl of Morton, was Regent of Scotland from 1572-79, during the minority of James VI. He introduced the Maiden, a primitive guillotine he had seen in use in Halifax, Yorkshire, to Scotland. After his fall from power he was implicated in the murder of Darnley and subsequently beheaded with it. "Airt and pairt" is Scots legalese for contrivance and participation.
What SPFL clubs have the same name as a Scottish peer? Hamilton, Montrose (both Dukes); Morton, Elgin, Dundee and Aberdeen (all Earls).
Dunfermline Athletic travel to Cappielow. Today's kickoff is delayed until 17:30 GMT to accommodate BBC Alba, who are broadcasting the match in Gaelic. The BBC programmers must have pencilled in this meeeting when the season was young and Dunfermline were expected to hold first place and Morton second. But going into today's play Morton are third and the Pars a demoralizing fifth. Fifth doesn't make the playoffs. Three years ago the Pars were in the SPL. Morton have won both previous meetings 2 - 1.
Michael Tidser is back with the club! He's signed a contract for two and a half years. No, wait! FIFA says he can't play this season because he has already appeared for two clubs. The Cowshed's setting up the Maiden.
[Morton win 2 - 0. Goals by Caldwell and MacDonald.]
This yamato-e folding screen of chapter 20, "Asagao", was painted by Nansei Sakagami, who was born in 1947. Website. Although the chapter is named after the morning glory or bluebell, it's always the giant snowball that gets pictured.
Lucas Cranach the Elder and his studio cranked out multiple images of Judith and Salome, the Biblical decapitatrices. (You can tell the one from the other because Salome always brings the head in on a platter.) Cranach's female figures are generally small-shouldered, slouchy, wan look-alikes. But this Salome, held in the Musea Nacional de Arte Antiga in Lisbon, is a portrait of a real individual, Catherine of Saxony.