Events from 1969 in Scotland


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


  • 6 January - Closure of the Waverley Line (the Edinburghâ€"Galashielsâ€"Hawickâ€"Carlisle railway) and The St. Andrews Railway (the branch line from Leuchars).
  • 17 March - The Longhope life-boat in Orkney is lost; the entire crew of 8 dies.
  • 27 March - First ordination of a woman in the Church of Scotland, Catherine McConnachie by the Presbytery of Aberdeen.
  • 28 April - Gordon Gray, Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh, is elevated to Cardinal of the Catholic Church; the first resident cardinal in Scotland for almost 400 years.
  • 9 May - Formation in Glasgow of the Scottish Minorities Group to campaign for the decriminalisation of gay sexual practices in Scotland.
  • 17 May - Scotland beats Cyprus 8-0 in a World Cup Qualifier at Hampden Park.
  • 1 July - John Lennon, Yoko Ono and their children are hospitalised at Golspie following a car accident while on holiday.
  • September - The Royal Commission on Local Government in Scotland (chaired by Lord Wheatley) reports, recommending a major reorganisation of local government in Scotland substantially as carried out in 1975 under terms of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973.
  • 9 October - Backwater Reservoir opened to supply the Dundee area.
  • 30 October - Glasgow Gorbals by-election: Labour retains the seat but the SNP takes second place from the Conservatives.
  • 30 December - The Linwood bank robbery occurs in Linwood, Renfrewshire and three police officers are shot in the aftermath, two fatally.
  • The policies of Culzean Castle become Scotland's first country park.


  • 13 January - Stephen Hendry, snooker player
  • 6 March - Neil Findlay, Labour Party Member of the Scottish Parliament
  • 24 April - Eilidh Whiteford, Scottish National Party Member of Parliament
  • 24 July - Gordon Bell, singer-songwriter working in Switzerland
  • 25 August - Catriona Matthew, golfer
  • 28 September - Angus Robertson, Scottish National Party Member of Parliament
  • 13 November - Gerard Butler, actor
  • 7 December - James Murray, boxer (died 1995)
  • 18 December - Irvin Duguid, keyboard player (Stiltskin)
  • 24 December - Mark Millar, comic book writer


  • 10 May - John Bannerman, Baron Bannerman of Kildonan, international rugby player and Liberal politician (born 1901)
  • 7 September - Gavin Maxwell, naturalist and author (born 1914)
  • 6 December - Florence Horsbrugh, Baroness Horsbrugh, Scottish Unionist Party and Conservative Party politician (born 1889)

The Arts

  • George Mackay Brown's short stories A Time to Keep and collected writings An Orkney Tapestry are published.
  • Tom Leonard's Six Glasgow Poems are published.
  • The cultural magazine New Edinburgh Review begins publication.

See also

  • 1969 in the United Kingdom


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