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Events from 1978 in Scotland

Incumbents


1978 in Scotland
  • Monarch â€" Elizabeth II (since 6 February 1952)

Events



  • 9 February â€" Gordon McQueen, 25-year-old Scotland central defender, becomes Britain's first £500,000 footballer in a transfer from Leeds United to Manchester United.
  • 13 April â€" Glasgow Garscadden by-election: Donald Dewar retains the seat for Labour with only a 3.6% swing to the Scottish National Party.
  • 31 May â€" Hamilton by-election: George Robertson retains the seat for Labour, thwarting a strong challenge from the SNP.
  • 16 July â€" The Strathspey Railway opens for regular tourist traffic, the oldest continuously-operating steam-worked heritage railway in Scotland, from Boat of Garten to Aviemore.
  • 31 July â€" The Scotland Act 1978, to establish a Scottish Assembly, receives the Royal Assent.
  • 17 October â€" A cull of grey seals in the Orkney and Western Islands reduced after a public outcry.
  • 26 October â€" Berwick and East Lothian by-election: Labour retains the seat with a swing of 0.8% from the Conservatives.
  • 25 November â€" First North Sea oil comes ashore at the Sullom Voe Terminal in Shetland via the Brent System pipeline.

Births


1978 in Scotland
  • 30 March â€" Chris Paterson, rugby player
  • 14 May â€" Emma Rochlin, field hockey defender
  • 21 July â€" Gary Teale, Scottish footballer
  • 25 October â€" Russell Anderson, footballer
  • 10 November â€" Ruth Davidson, leader of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party and Member of the Scottish Parliament

Deaths


1978 in Scotland
  • 30 July â€" John Mackintosh, Labour politician and advocate of devolution (born 1929)
  • 9 September â€" Hugh MacDiarmid, poet (born 1892)

See also


1978 in Scotland
  • 1978 in the United Kingdom

References





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