Events from 1983 in Scotland


  • Monarch â€" Elizabeth II


  • 11 May â€" Aberdeen F.C. beat Real Madrid 2â€"1 (after extra time) to win the European Cup Winner's Cup.
  • 21 May â€" Aberdeen beat Rangers 1-0 to win the Scottish Cup.
  • 30 September â€" Megget Reservoir officially opened.
  • 5 October â€" Harviestoun Brewery established.
  • 24 October â€" Dennis Nilsen goes on trial at the Central Criminal Court in London accused of six murders and two attempted murders. He confesses to murdering "15 or 16" young men.
  • 4 November â€" Dennis Nilsen is sentenced to life imprisonment.
  • 20 December â€" Aberdeen beat European Cup Winners Hamburg 2-0 to become the first Scottish club to win the UEFA Super Cup.
  • Glasgow Central Mosque built.


  • 1 January â€" Mark Beaumont, adventurer
  • 14 March â€" Anas Sarwar, Labour politician
  • 15 March â€" Sean Biggerstaff, actor
  • 8 June â€" Allan Dick, field hockey goalkeeper
  • 22 August â€" Julie Kilpatrick, field hockey player
  • 20 September â€" Freya Ross, née Murray, long-distance runner
  • 30 September â€" Louise Munn, field hockey defender
  • Deaths

    1983 in Scotland
    • 5 July â€" Alec Cheyne, international footballer (born 1907)
    • August â€" Winifred Rushforth, psychoanalyst (born 1885)
    • 26 August â€" Major-General Douglas Wimberley, soldier (born 1896)

    The Arts

    • 17 February â€" Release of Bill Forsyth's film Local Hero.
    • 6 September â€" ITV broadcasts the Scottish Television-produced police procedural Killer, set in Glasgow, pilot for the series Taggart.
    • 21 October â€" Burrell Collection opened in Glasgow.
    • Alternative rock band Del Amitri is formed in Glasgow.
    • Alternative rock band The Jesus and Mary Chain is formed in East Kilbride.
    • Folk rock band The Proclaimers is formed by twins Craig and Charlie Reid of Auchtermuchty.
    • Gael Turnbull publishes his poems From the Language of the Heart: Some Imitations from the Gaelic of Sine Reisideach in Glasgow.

    See also

    • 1983 in the United Kingdom


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