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9 July

Queen's Park

On this day in 1867 Queens Park Football Club was formed, the first senior club in Scotland.

The club dominated the early days of Scottish football, supplying all 11 players to the first ever Scottish international side. With the advent of professionalism, the club determined to retain its amateur status and as a result slid down the leagues. Nicknamed the Spiders, Queen's Park are still the only amateur team in the Scottish senior football set-up, and still play their games at Hampden Park, Glasgow, the home of the Scottish national side.

On 9 July 1845 Gilbert, Lord Minto, the Scottish colonial politician, was born.

Minto served as Governor-General of Canada between 1898 and 1905, and as Viceroy of India, 1905-1910. His reform of the electoral laws in India, by providing for separate Hindu and Muslim electorates, was seen as enlightened policy at the time, but has since been criticised for hastening the partition of the sub-continent into two states.

Today in 1911 saw the birth of Simon Fraser, Lord Lovat, the Chief of Clan Fraser, Scottish aristocrat and soldier.

Fraser, a Second World War hero, played a key role in the development of the commandos and was actively involved in both the Dieppe Raid, 1942, and D-Day landings, 1944.

Today's recipe: this chipotle pulled pork dish is a Mexican classic and perfect for the slow cooker.

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