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Scottish History Timeline

A chronological record of the most important events in the history of Scotland.

 

17th Century Scottish History Timeline

1600: Scotland adopts the Gregorian calendar.

 


1603: The Union of the Crowns: James VI of Scotland becomes James I of England.

Union of the Crowns

 

 


1614: John Napier invents logarithms and publishes a book promoting their use in mathematics.

John Napier

 

 


1615: The Jesuit John Ogilvy is hanged for saying Mass

 


1618: James VI forces episcopacy on the Church of Scotland through the Five Articles of Perth.

 

 
1624: Plague epidemic in Edinburgh.

 


1633: Education Act of 1633 ordains that there should be a school in every parish.

 


1637: Riots in Edinburgh in protest at the introduction of a new Prayer Book.

 


1638: Scottish Covenanters rebel against Charles I.

 


1643: The Solemn League and Covenant promises Scots army to aid English parliamentarians against the king.

 


1650: Surrender of Edinburgh castle to invading forces of Oliver Cromwell.

 


1651-1660: Scotland is incorporated into the English Commonwealth and Protectorate.

 


1660: The monarchy is restored and Scotland resumes its status as a separate kingdom.

 


1661: First Scottish newspaper published by Thomas Sydserf.

 


1670: Glasgow displaces Aberdeen and Dundee to become Scotland's second largest trade city. (behind Edinburgh)

 


1678: First regular stagecoach from Edinburgh to Glasgow.

 


1679: Duke of Monmouth defeats Covenanters at the Battle of Bothwell Bridge.

Duke of Monmouth

 

 


1682: The National Library of Scotland is founded.

 


1689: Jacobite highlanders defeat army of William III at Killiecrankie, but are halted at Dunkeld.

Jacobites Scotland

 

 


1689: The Claim of Right and the re-establishment of Presbyterianism.

 


1692: Massacre of Glencoe. Clan Campbell siding with the King murder thirty-eight members of Clan McDonald - after spending two weeks in their hospitality.

Massacre of Glencoe

 

 


1695: The Bank of Scotland is created by Act of Parliament.
 

Bank of Scotland - 20 note

Bank of Scotland 20 note




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