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of historical trivia regarding books, cats, and other animals. Actually this blog has evolved so that it is described better as a blog about cats in history and culture. And we take as a theme the advice of Aldous Huxley: If you want to be a writer, get some cats. Don't forget to see the archived articles linked at the bottom of the page.

March 9, 2014

March 9, 1664

Robert Moray (died July 4, 1673), a Scottish nobleman, served the Stuart kings in various capacities. He spied for them at the French court, as was I believe, standard in that era. Important news, such as the death of Cardinal Richelieu, a major player in French politics, he delivered personally to Charles I, traveling back to England for that purpose in 1642. His career during the Civil War and Interregnum could have taught Ian Fleming about espionage. With Charles II back on the throne of England (1660) Moray was back at the center of power. 

As was common for many people then, he was interested in scientific research, and figures in our almanac because of a weekly meeting of the newly formed Royal Society, (which he helped found) on March 9, 1664., His own report was noted in the minutes, but it is the context of his report (on the King's weight) that is intriguing. We learn that Moray's report was "Sandwiched in between a reported discussion on the possibility of asking His Majesty for any of his exotic birds which had died so they could be mounted as specimens in the Society’s collections of natural curiosities, and the report of the end result of the mating of a cat and a rabbit."

That's all I know.

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