Events from 1973 in Scotland


1973 in Scotland
  • Monarch â€" Elizabeth II (since 6 February 1952)


  • 1 January - Most of the west coast shipping services of David MacBrayne are merged with those of the Caledonian Steam Packet Company as Caledonian MacBrayne.
  • 1 March - Dundee East by-election: Labour retains the seat by only 1,141 votes in the face of a strong SNP challenge.
  • 17 July - Stonehouse, South Lanarkshire, is formally designated as a New Town. but never developed.
  • 25 October - Local Government (Scotland) Act initiates a major reorganisation of local government in Scotland with effect from May 1975).
  • 26 October - Firefighters in Glasgow stage a one-day strike following a pay dispute. Troops are drafted in to run the fire stations.
  • 31 October - The Kilbrandon Report is published and recommends the establishment of a directly elected Scottish Assembly.
  • 8 November - Glasgow Govan by-election results in Margo MacDonald of the SNP gaining the seat from Labour on a 26.7% swing. In a second Scottish by election that day, the Conservatives retain Edinburgh North.
  • 31 December - Radio Clyde begins broadcasting, from Clydebank.


  • 18 March - Patrick Harvie, Green politician
  • 10 May - Dario Franchitti, racing driver
  • 14 May - Fraser Nelson, political journalist
  • Iain Finlay Macleod, playwright and novelist


1973 in Scotland
  • 15 January - Neil M. Gunn, novelist, critic, and dramatist (born 1891)
  • 23 September - A. S. Neill, progressive educator and author (born 1883)
  • 8 October - John Rankin, Labour politician (born 1890)
  • 5 December - Robert Watson-Watt, pioneer of radar (born 1892)
  • 30 December - D. E. Stevenson (Dorothy Peploe), romantic novelist (born 1892)
  • Sir William Gillies, painter (born 1898)
  • F. Marian McNeill, folklorist (born 1885)

The Arts

  • 31 March - John McGrath's play The Cheviot, the Stag, and the Black Black Oil is premiered by 7:84 in Aberdeen.
  • 11 Mayâ€"8 June - The political thriller Scotch on the Rocks, concerning a terrorist group fighting for Scottish independence in the near future, is broadcast by BBC Scotland.
  • Canongate Books is established as a publisher in Edinburgh.
  • George Mackay Brown's novel Magnus is published.
  • Celtic rock group Runrig formed on Skye.

See also

  • 1973 in the United Kingdom


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