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JK Rowling marries at Killechassie House 26th December
Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy is born 23rd December
Walter Scott’s publisher Robert Cadell is born 16th December
First part of Encyclopaedia Britannica is published 10th December
Author George MacDonald is born
Sherlock Holmes inspiration born in Edinburgh 2nd December
Author Robert Louis Stevenson is born 13th November
King Duncan II dies in battle 12th November
Scottish spy James Bond is born 11th November
Biographer and travel writer James Boswell is born 29th October
Gaelic poet Sorley MacLean is born 26th October
Gaelic poet and author Iain Crichton Smith dies 15th October
Death of adventurer Isabella Lucy Bird 7th October
Vet ‘James Herriot’ is born 3rd October
The death of a famously bad poet 29th September
Author Irvine Welsh is born 27th September
Author Walter Scott dies 21st September
Inspector Rebus retires… for a while 6th September
Author “Graham Travers” dies 3rd September
Author Arthur Conan Doyle dies 7th July
Author MC Beaton is born 10th June
George Orwell writes 1984 on Jura 8th June
Crime writer Val McDermid is born 4th June
Dictionary publisher William Chambers dies 20th May
Poet Duncan Ban MacIntyre dies in Edinburgh 14th May
Author JM Barrie is born 9th May
Rebus author Ian Rankin is born 28th April
Lord Byron dies in Greece 19th April
Scott Monument architect drowns in the Union Canal 6th March
Nature writing pioneer Nan Shepherd dies in Aberdeen 27th February
Sir Walter Scott’s first Malachai Malagrowther letter appears in print 22nd February
Historian William Fraser is born 18th February
Iain Banks’ first novel is published 16th February
Scotland appoints its first modern Makar
Scottish novelist John Buchan dies in Canada 11th February
Lewis Grassic Gibbon, author of Scotland’s favourite novel, dies 7th February
Novelist Rosamunde Pilcher dies in Longforgan 6th February
Historian and writer Thomas Carlyle dies 5th February
Author Alistair MacLean dies in West Germany 2nd February
Author Muriel Spark is born 1st February
Poet Robert Burns is born in Ayrshire 25th January
JK Rowling finishes last Harry Potter novel in an Edinburgh hotel 11th January
Dr Finlay creator AJ Cronin dies 6th January
Elizabeth Chantrelle’s death inspires The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde 2nd January