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1879 in Scotland

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1879 in Scotland
Centuries:  17th 18th 19th 20th 21st
Decades:  1850s 1860s 1870s 1880s 1890s

Events from the year 1879 in Scotland.

Contents

Incumbents

  • Monarch — Victoria
  • Law officers

  • Lord Advocate — William Watson
  • Solicitor General for Scotland — John Macdonald
  • Judiciary

  • Lord President of the Court of Session and Lord Justice General — Lord Glencorse
  • Lord Justice Clerk — Lord Moncreiff
  • Events

  • 4 January — Dundee-born Mormon missionary Hugh Findlay arrives in Shetland from the United States and on 31 March baptizes the islands' first two converts.
  • 25 January — First service held in St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh (Episcopal) on completion of the nave.
  • 1 April — Dundee Stock Exchange established.
  • 6 June — William Denny and Brothers launch the world's first ocean-going steamer to be built of mild steel, the SS Rotomahana, at Dumbarton.
  • 31 July — The Caledonian Railway opens the original Glasgow Central station.
  • 30 September — Foundation stone of the Forth Bridge is laid on Inchgarvie.
  • 2 October — William Denny and Brothers launch the world's first transatlantic steamer to be built of mild steel, the SS Buenos Ayrean, at Dumbarton. On 1 December she makes her maiden voyage out of Glasgow for South America.
  • 28 December — The Tay Bridge disaster: The central part of the new Tay Bridge at Dundee collapses in a storm as a train passes over it, killing 78.
  • Construction of Garnethill Synagogue, Glasgow, the oldest to survive in Scotland, begins.
  • Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh moves to Lauriston Place.
  • First Angus cattle society formed.
  • Births

  • 13 January — William Reid Dick, sculptor (died 1961 in England)
  • 16 January — Jimmy Gillespie, rugby union player (died 1943)
  • 27 March — Catherine Carswell, née Catherine Roxburgh Macfarlane, author (died 1946 in England)
  • 24 August — John Maclean, Marxist (died 1923)
  • 13 September — Tommy Tait, international footballer (died 1942)
  • 21 October — Willie Anderson, golfer (died 1910 in the United States)
  • 23 October — John MacDougall Hay, Church of Scotland minister and novelist (died 1919)
  • John Maxwell, film producer (died 1940 in England)
  • Henry J. Watt, experimental psychologist (died 1925)
  • Deaths

  • 19 June — James Valentine, photographer (born 1815)
  • 23 July — Charles Baillie, Lord Jerviswoode, advocate, judge and politician (born 1804)
  • 29 October — John Blackwood, publisher (born 1818)
  • 5 November — James Clerk Maxwell, theoretical physicist (born 1831; died of abdominal cancer in Cambridge)
  • 23 November — Mark Napier, lawyer, sheriff, biographer and historical author (born 1798)
  • The Arts

  • 6 September — First publication of a story by Arthur Conan Doyle, "The Mystery of Sasassa Valley" in Chambers's Journal.
  • Construction of Royalty Theatre, Glasgow, completed.
  • References

    1879 in Scotland Wikipedia


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