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How Glasgow came close to landing the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 10th May
Why we must thank a Scot for the accuracy of British maps 18th April
Elliot Junction rail accident kills 22 and injures 24 28th December
Death of the man responsible for Dean Bridge 17th December
Royal Yacht Britannia is retired to Edinburgh 11th December
Sherlock Holmes inspiration born in Edinburgh 2nd December
Death of women’s rights campaigner Agnes Brown 1st December
Medical pioneer and women’s rights campaigner Elsie Inglis dies 26th November
Architect Basil Spence dies 19th November
University rocked by the Surgeon’s Hall Riot 18th November
The Great Fire of Edinburgh destroys 500 homes 15th November
Author Robert Louis Stevenson is born 13th November
Edinburgh Waverley Station granted Grade A listing 12th November
Doctors awake after accidentally discovering anaesthesia 5th November
James Bond actor Sean Connery dies 31st October
Biographer and travel writer James Boswell is born 29th October
National Library of Scotland architect dies 27th October
William Little is appointed witch finder 26th October
The Edinburgh Seven matriculate 19th October
Ingliston hosts its last motor race 16th October
The Balmoral Hotel opens for business 15th October
Death of adventurer Isabella Lucy Bird 7th October
Royal Society of Edinburgh founder is born 6th October
Edinburgh Zoo founder Thomas Gillespie is born 3rd October
William Brodie is hanged before 40,000 spectators 1st October
The death of a famously bad poet 29th September
Author Irvine Welsh is born 27th September
Egyptologist James Burton is bron 22nd September
Author Walter Scott dies 21st September
Death of publisher William Blackwood 16th September
Colonel Robert A Smith goes into battle 14th September
Death of the man who delivered the Queen 13th September
War crimes accused Anton Gecas dies in Edinburgh 12th September
John Porteous isn’t executed as he’s already dead 8th September
Scottish Parliament building hosts its first debate 7th September
Half-hangit Maggie comes back to life 2nd September
The Queensferry Crossing opens 30th August
Foundation stone laid for the National Monument of Scotland 27th August
First Edinburgh International Festival opens 24th August
Political Martyrs Monument is established 21st August
Foundation stone of the Scott Monument is laid 15th August
Malcolm MacLeod, head of Ordnance Survey, dies in Edinburgh 1st August
Refurbished National Museum of Scotland opens its doors 29th July
Queen Elizabeth II opens Waverley Mall 25th July
Edinburgh Zoo opens to the public 22nd July
Janet Douglas, Lady Glamis, is burned at the stake 17th July
The Commonwealth Games opens in Edinburgh 16th July
Brewer William McEwan is born
Architect William Henry Playfair is born 15th July
The Scottish National War Memorial is opened 14th July
Broadcasting magnate Richard Findlay dies 8th July
Maggies Centres founder Maggie Keswick Jencks dies
Author Arthur Conan Doyle dies 7th July
The Higgs Boson is discovered 4th July
Designer Robert Adam is born 3rd July
Jilted Dorothea Christina Thomas is born 26th June
Mysterious miniature coffins discovered on Arthur’s Seat 25th June
Encyclopaedia Britannica’s first editor dies 24th June
Edinburgh engineer James Jardine dies 20th June
Death of the debunker of phrenology 14th June
Inventor of colour photography is born 13th June
Miners organise a march on Edinburgh 11th June
Father of modern geology is born in Edinburgh 3rd June
Edinburgh’s trams carry their first passengers 31st May
Edinburgh Cathedral foundation stone is laid 21st May
Poet Duncan Ban MacIntyre dies in Edinburgh 14th May
Cancer pioneer Henry Littlejohn is born 8th May
Greyfriars Bobby is born 4th May
Jenners opens on Princes Street 1st May
Lord Cockburn dies in Edinburgh 26th April
Inventor and astronomer James Ferguson is born 25th April
The University of Edinburgh is granted its royal charter 14th April
The Edinburgh Duck is revealed 13th April
Princes Street Station’s foundation stone laid 9th April
Leith petition fails to save a man 4th April
The first ever winner of a round of golf 2nd April
Edinburgh architect Robert Morham is born 31st March
The signing of the Claim of Right 30th March
Biscuit king Robert McVitie is born 29th March
The man who named Antarctica is born in Edinburgh 22nd March
The inventor of the electric toaster is born 20th March
Body snatchers Waldie and Torrence are hanged in Edinburgh 18th March
The First War of Scottish Independence ends 17th March
X-ray ‘martyr’ John Spence dies 15th March
Mary McKinnon stands trial for murder 14th March
Edinburgh carries out its last female execution 11th March
Adam Smith publishes The Wealth of Nations 9th March
Scottish flushing toilet pioneer dies 8th March
Scott Monument architect drowns in the Union Canal 6th March
The Forth Bridge is opened 4th March
Hypodermic syringe inventor dies in Edinburgh 26th February
Edinburgh Napier University is founded 23rd February
Covenanter James Renwick is executed 17th February
Dolly the cloned sheep dies 14th February
Philanthropist George Heriot dies 12th February
Author Muriel Spark is born 1st February
Prime minister George Hamilton-Gordon is born in Edinburgh 28th January
Edinburgh Castle gun fired for the first time 26th January
Launch of The Scotsman newspaper 25th January
France tries again after Scottish bank collapse 18th January