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Scottish History Timeline

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

 

19th Century Scottish History Timeline

1802: John Playfair publishes summary of James Hutton's theories of Geology.

 


1805: The Glasgow Herald newspaper first published.

 


1814: Glasgow Green is Europe's first public park.

 

Glasgow Green - Pencil

Glasgow Green Pencil

 

 


1817: The Scotsman newspaper first published.

 


1820: The 'Radical War' also known as the Scottish Insurrection, was a week of strikes and unrest, a culmination of Radical demands for reform in which had become prominent in the early years of the French Revolution, but had then been repressed during the long Napoleonic Wars.

 


1822: Visit of King George IV to Scotland organized by Sir Walter Scott.

 


1842: Edinburgh-Glasgow railway line takes first passengers.

 


1846: Beginning of the ten-year Highland Potato Famine.

 

A Grumpy Potato

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1847: The United Presbyterian Church of Scotland is established.

 


1847: Alexander Graham Bell is born.

Alexander Graham Bell

 

 


1859: The National Gallery opens in Edinburgh.

National Gallery of Scotland Edinburgh

 

 


1864: James Clerk Maxwell presents equations describing electromagnetic fields.

James Clerk Maxwell

 

 


1867: Scottish Women's Suffrage Society holds first meeting.

 


1874: Patronage abolished in the Church of Scotland.

 


1878: Collapse of the City of Glasgow Bank

City of Glasgow Bank

 

 


1879: William Ewart Gladstone conducts the Midlothian campaign as part of a political comeback.

 


1879: The Tay Bridge Disaster. (bridge collapsed in storm taking train with it)

 


1885: Creation of the Scottish Office and the post of Secretary for Scotland, later Secretary of State for Scotland.

 


1889: Edinburgh hit by an earthquake.

 


1890: Opening of the Forth Railway Bridge.

Forth Railway Bridge

 

 


1896: Opening of the Glasgow Subway (Glasgow Underground or Clockwork Orange).

Glasgow Subway


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