Events from 1960 in Scotland


  • Monarch â€" Elizabeth II (since 6 February 1952)


  • 16 January â€" The last regular ship on the Corkâ€"Glasgow crossing runs, ending a 103-year-old service.
  • 2 March â€" Elvis Presley stops off at Glasgow Prestwick Airport on his way home to the United States from military service in Germany, his only time in the U.K. His ancestor, blacksmith Andrew Presley, migrated from Lonmay to North Carolina in 1745.
  • 14 March â€" Jock Stein is appointed manager of Dunfermline Athletic F.C.
  • 28 March â€" Cheapside Street Whisky Bond Fire in Glasgow: 19 firemen killed in Britain's worst peacetime fire services disaster.
  • 18 May â€" 1960 European Cup Final at Hampden Park, Glasgow: Real Madrid C.F. defeat Eintracht Frankfurt 7-3, Rangers F.C. having been knocked out by Frankfurt in the semi-finals.
  • 21 June â€" The Royal Highland Show opens for the first time at its permanent site, the Royal Highland Showground at Ingliston in the Lowlands.
  • August â€" Murder of the Little Ross lighthouse keeper.
  • 7 September â€" North Ford Causeway opened, connecting North Uist and Benbecula via Grimsay (5 miles (8 km)), completing an all-weather road link between North and South Uist.
  • October â€" Queen's Bridge in Perth opened.
  • 30 October â€" Michael Woodruff performs the first successful kidney transplantation in the UK, at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.
  • 5 November â€" Glasgow area suburban train services electrified.
  • Little Houses Improvement Scheme launched by the National Trust for Scotland to promote conservation of vernacular architecture.


  • 11 February â€" Momus, born Nicholas Currie, songwriter
  • 10 March â€" Anne MacKenzie, broadcaster
  • 23 March â€" Nicol Stephen, Liberal Democrat MSP, leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats (2005-2008) and Deputy First Minister of Scotland (2005-2007)
  • 28 April â€" Ian Rankin, crime novelist
  • 5 May â€" David Nish, businessman
  • 19 June â€" Paul Coia, television presenter
  • 24 June â€" Elish Angiolini, née McPhilomy, Solicitor General for Scotland (2001-2006) and Lord Advocate (2006-2011)
  • 30 June â€" Jack McConnell, First Minister of Scotland (2001-2007)
  • 20 August â€" Annabelle Ewing, Nationalist politician and lawyer
  • 6 October â€" Richard Jobson, rock singer-songwriter (Skids), filmmaker and television presenter


  • 15 August â€" Rachel Annand Taylor, poet (born 1876)
  • 17 August â€" Calum Maclean, folklorist (born 1915)

The Arts

  • 20â€"28 May â€" The Beatles, as the Silver Beetles (uncredited), play their first ever tour, as a backing group for Johnny Gentle on a tour of Scotland opening at Alloa Town Hall and ending at Peterhead. The lineup comprises John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Stuart Sutcliffe and Tommy Moore.
  • August â€" Sydney Goodsir Smith's verse play The Wallace ("a Triumph in Five Acts") has its stage première at the Edinburgh Festival in the General Assembly Hall of the Church of Scotland.
  • Autumn â€" Release of Andy Stewart's recordings of "A Scottish Soldier" and "Donald Where's Your Troosers?"
  • The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art opens at Inverleith House in the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

See also

  • 1960 in the United Kingdom


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