Scotland got three new television stations in September. Border Television and Grampian Television took to the air in 1961, on the first and last days of the month respectively, and BBC Alba launched in 2008, one day shy of a year since the Corporation had opened the doors of its new broadcast centre at Glasgow’s Pacific Quay.

Beyond television, this was also the month in which the founder of the New York Herald was born in Banffshire, and both publisher William Blackwood, and author Sir Walter Scott died.

Sir Walter Scott penned some of the best-loved novels in the English language, despite never being a full-time author. He was also active in the legal and courts system throughout his life, and a friend of the King. Outside of writing, one of his greatest achievements was the rediscovery of Scotland’s crown jewels, which had been put in a box for safekeeping somewhere in Edinburgh Castle, and not looked at for so long that exactly where they’d been stored had been forgotten.

Queen Victoria laid the foundation stone of the new Balmoral Castle in September 1853, not long after Prince Albert had bought the estate on which it sat. The royal couple had previously rented the accommodation for their visits to Scotland, and so loved the place that, when the opportunity to purchase it came up, they jumped at it. It remains a residence of the Royal Family to the present day.


Also in September…

Border Television goes on the air 1st
New York Herald founder is born
Half-hangit Maggie comes back to life 2nd
Bicycle pedal inventor is born
Author “Graham Travers” dies 3rd
Queen Elizabeth II opens the Forth Road Bridge 4th
Death of Tom Johnston MP 5th
Taggart arrives on British screens 6th
Inspector Rebus retires… for a while
Scottish Parliament building hosts its first debate 7th
John Porteous isn’t executed as he’s already dead 8th
The Battle of Flodden Field 9th
First section of the Caledonian Main Line opens 10th
The Battle of Stirling Bridge 11th
War crimes accused Anton Gecas dies in Edinburgh 12th
Birth of the coloniser of Nova Scotia
Death of the man who delivered the Queen 13th
Colonel Robert A Smith goes into battle 14th
V&A Dundee opens its doors 15th
Death of publisher William Blackwood 16th
Buick Motor Company founder is born 17th
Independence referendum delivers ‘No’ vote 18th
BBC Alba takes to the air 19th
First match played at the new Ibrox Stadium
BBC Pacific Quay opens 20th
Author Walter Scott dies 21st
Birth of the inventor of the vacuum flask
Egyptologist James Burton is bron 22nd
Alex Salmond is elected to lead the SNP
Peace Prize winner John Boyd Orr is born 23rd
Angelika Kluk last seen alive 24th
First episode of River City broadcast
Treaty of York defines Scotland’s border 25th
Labour Party founder Keir Hardie dies 26th
RMS Queen Elizabeth is launched 27th
The Queen Mother unveils the Commando Monument
Author Irvine Welsh is born
Queen Victoria lays the foundation stone of the new Balmoral Castle 28th
John Cobb killed in Loch Ness record attempt 29th
The death of a famously bad poet
Grampian Television goes on air 30th
Rod Stewart opens the SSE Hydro