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Events from 1963 in Scotland

Incumbents



  • Monarch - Elizabeth II (since 6 February 1952)

Events



  • 1 January - Forth and Clyde Canal officially closed to navigation.
  • 2 May - Rootes car factory opens at Linwood, Renfrewshire to produce the Hillman Imp
  • 3 July - Northbound Clyde Tunnel opened to traffic in Glasgow
  • 31 July - Peerage Act grants Peers of Scotland the same right to sit in the House of Lords as Peers of England, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, ending the election of representative peers; it will also permit Alec Douglas-Home to disclaim his title as 14th Earl of Home later this year
  • 15 August - Henry John Burnett is hanged for murder in Aberdeen, the last execution carried out in Scotland
  • 7 November - Kinross and West Perthshire by-election: Conservatives retain the seat allowing Prime Minister Alec Douglas-Home to enter the House of Commons
  • 21 November - Dundee West by-election: Labour retains the seat
  • 12 December - Dumfriesshire by-election: Conservatives retain the seat
  • Construction of the pioneering Solidac minicomputer is completed at Barr and Stroud for the University of Glasgow, the first computer built in Scotland.

Births



  • 13 April - Mo Johnston, international footballer
  • 25 April - David Moyes, footballer and manager
  • 7 June - Ailsa McKay, Scottish economist and academic (d. 2014)
  • 23 June - Colin Montgomerie, golfer
  • 21 September - Angus Macfadyen, actor
  • 4 November - Lena Zavaroni, entertainer (died 1999)
  • 28 November - Armando Iannucci, satirist
  • 8 December - Brian McClair, international footballer and coach
  • 22 December - Bryan Gunn, international footballer and coach
  • Don Paterson, poet, writer and musician

Deaths



  • 3 March - James Stevenson Unionist Party (Scotland) MP (born 1883)
  • 22 July - Donald Campbell, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Glasgow (born 1894)
  • 16 August - Joan Eardley, landscape painter (born 1921)
  • 9 September - Duncan Walker, footballer (born 1899)
  • 22 November - Mary Findlater, novelist (born 1865)

The Arts



  • 2 January - Traverse Theatre opens in Edinburgh
  • 3 January - The Beatles begin their first tour of 1963 with a performance in Elgin
  • American painter Norman Adams acquires a summer home on Scarp

See also



  • 1963 in the United Kingdom

References





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