from St. George's West Church,
Order of Service
Psalm lxxxiv, 1-5, How lovely is Thy dwelling place (Tune, Harrington)
Paraphrase 58, 1-3 and 6, Where high the heavenly temple stands (Tune, Soldau)
Hymn, Jesus calls us, o'er the tumult
(Rv. C.H. 500)
Address by the Rev. HUGH BLACK,
D.D., D.Litt., Professor of Practical Theology, Union Seminary, New York Hymn, Sun of my soul (Rv. C.H.
Organist, ALFRED HOLLINS
An appeal on behalf of THE PRINESSS MARGARET ROSE HOSPITAL FOR CRIPPLED CHILDREN, EDINBURGH by THE EARL OF HOME, K.T.
Contributions will be gratefully acknowledged, and should be addressed to [address removed]
J. W. Robertson
A Programme to Mark the Bicentenary of the Porteous Riots by M. MELVILLE BALFOUR
Margaret Adams , R. J. Buchanan , William Campbell , John C. Catford, William Crichton , George Davies ,
James R. M. Donald , Harold Goring , Rex de la Haye, Daniel MacArthur , Bruce Morgan , Arthur Nelson , Elsie Payne , Adam F. Shepherd , James Sloan , George Summers , Eric Wight -man, A. P. Wilson
Production by JOHN GOUGH
No one will ever know whether John Porteous , Captain of the City Guard of Edinburgh, was actually guilty of the unauthorised firing on the mob attending a smuggler's execution, for which he was hanged from a dyer's pole by a crowd of anonymous justicians on an autumn night of the year 1736. The evidence at his trial was conflicting, but the Edinburgh mob was convinced of his guilt and the Government's reprieve roused them to a fury only comparable with that of the London mob which followed Lord George Gordon nearly fifty years later. The story provided Sir Walter Scott with the material for the first volume of ' The Heart of Midlothian', but he naturally took liberties with it for the sake of dramatic effect.
The feature programme devised by M. Melville Balfour which is to be broadcast tonight, the 200th anniversary of Porteous's execution, makes no attempt at a solution of the mystery, but presents the happenings of that fatal night in as accurate and at the same time as vivid a form as possible.
James R. M.
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