Long John Silver Trust




Each day we offer you at least one different Fact of the Day, which is usually Pirate orientated:
Fact of the Day:-

Margaret Isabella Balfour Stevenson (1829-1897), Robert Louis Stevenson’s mother, was one of thirteen children born to the Reverend Lewis Balfour, the minister of Colinton, and Henrietta Scott Smith. As a child R L S often visited Colinton, a suburb of Edinburgh, situated six kilometres south west of the city centre, bordered by Juniper Green to the west.


Fact of the Day:-

Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson's stepson was Samuel Lloyd Osbourne. On a rainy holiday in Scotland when Lloyd was twelve, he and R L S drew a map, which inspired Stevenson to write Treasure Island (1883).


Fact of the Day:- Buccaneers were pirates who attacked Spanish and French shipping in the Caribbean Sea during the late 17th century. The term buccaneer is now used generally as a synonym for pirate. Originally, buccaneer crews were larger, more apt to attack coastal cities, and more localized to the Caribbean than later pirate crews who sailed to the Indian Ocean on the Pirate Round in the late 17th century.

On This Date In History
24th March in 1603:- Queen Elizabeth I died after 44 years of rule ; King James VI of Scotland then ascended to the throne, uniting England and Scotland under a single British monarch.
24th March in 1663:- Following the restoration of the monarchy in 1660, Charles II rewarded eight persons for their faithful support of his efforts to regain the throne. He granted the eight, called Lords Proprietor or simply Proprietors, the land called Carolina, named in honour of Charles I, his father.
24th March in 1693:- John Harrison (1693 – 1776) a self-educated English clockmaker, was born in Foulby, near Wakefield in West Yorkshire. He invented the marine chronometer, a long-sought device in solving the problem of establishing the East-West position or longitude of a ship at sea, thus revolutionising and extending the possibility of safe long distance sea travel in the Age of Sail. The problem was considered so intractable that the British Parliament offered a prize of £20,000 (comparable to £2.77 million in modern currency) for the solution. He was born the first of five children in his family. His father worked as a carpenter at the nearby Nostell Priory estate.
24th March in 1776:- John Harrison (1693 – 1776), a self-educated English clockmaker, died. Harrison died on his eighty-third birthday and is buried in the graveyard of St John's Church, Hampstead along with his second wife Elizabeth and their son William. His tomb was restored in 1879 by the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers even though Harrison had never been a member of the Company. Harrison's last home was in Red Lion Square in London, now a short walk from the Holborn Underground station. There is a plaque dedicated to Harrison on the wall of Summit House in the south side of the square. A memorial tablet to Harrison was unveiled in Westminster Abbey on 24th March 2006 finally recognising him as a worthy companion to his friend George Graham and Thomas Tompion, "The Father of English Watchmaking", who are both buried in the Abbey. The memorial shows a meridian line (line of constant longitude) in two metals to highlight Harrison's most widespread invention, the bimetallic strip thermometer. The strip is engraved with its own longitude of 0 degrees, 7 minutes and 35 seconds West