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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

funny Potato


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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