Scottish poet Robert Burns was born on the 25th of January, 1759.
The date is celebrated in Scotland and by the Scottish diaspora as Burns Night.
The death of Sir John Moore X
Part of the Peninsula War (1807-14), the Battle of Corunna took place in Spain on the 16th of January, 1809.
Fought in Galicia, the battle was between the United Kingdom and France, and concluded with a British victory. However, the battle also paved the way for French occupation of other areas.
The British lost 900 men; the French lost between 600 and 700.
Amongst the British dead was Sir John Moore, who was reassured of his victory before he died.
This hand-coloured etching of London’s Theatre Royal, Drury Lane was published on the 25th of November, 1812.
When this etching was published the building had only been opened a few weeks. This is the third theatre to have stood there, and it was opened on the tenth of October that year. It is the same building that now stands on the site.
Elizabeth Gaskell in 1832, the year of her marriage.
English author Elizabeth Gaskell, the Victorian era creator of stories such as Cranford and North and South, was born on the 29th of September, 1810.
Her first novel, Mary Barton, was published in 1848.
A 1917 illustration of Cranford.
Cranford and North and South, both of which have recently been adapted into very popular television series, were published in the 1850s.
Musick Hall in Fishacre Street, where the first performance took place.
George Frideric Handel’s English-language oratorio, Messiah, premiered in Dublin, Ireland on the 13th of April, 1742.
Messiah was composed over a period of only twenty-four days. Handel worked on the music while in London, where he had been living for some years.
Handel in 1733
The premiere in Dublin came during a series of concerts Handel presented in Ireland, and the first performance used the cathedral choirs of St Patrick’s and Christ Church.