Events from 1987 in Scotland


  • Monarch â€" Elizabeth II


  • 20 May - The Abolition of Domestic Rates Etc. (Scotland) Act 1987 and the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 1987 both receive the Royal Assent.
  • 11 June - United Kingdom general election: The Conservatives win just 10 of the 72 constituencies in Scotland, but are re-elected to power at Westminster due to the scale of their election victory in England. Among the new MPs elected is Alex Salmond who gains Banff and Buchan for the Scottish National Party from the Conservatives.
  • 3 July - Richard Branson and Per Lindstrand become the first people to complete a transatlantic flight in a hot air balloon aboard the balloon Virgin Atlantic Flyer, ditching a mile off the Mull of Kintyre.
  • 27 August - Robert Maclennan, MP for Caithness and Sutherland, replaces David Owen as leader of the Social Democratic Party (UK).
  • 23 November - First McDonald's hamburger fast food restaurant in Scotland opens in Dundee.
  • December - First UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Scotland designated: the Antonine Wall as part of the Frontiers of the Roman Empire; and St Kilda for its natural habitats.
  • Summerlee Heritage Park opened in Coatbridge.


1987 in Scotland
  • 15 May - Andy Murray, tennis player
  • 6 June - Kyle Falconer, Scottish singer and guitarist (The View)
  • 20 July - Nicola Benedetti, classical violinist
  • 25 August - Amy Macdonald, singer-songwriter
  • 13 December - Ryan McHenry, film director and social media personality (died 2015)


  • 5 May - Sir Hugh Fraser, 2nd Baronet, retailer (born 1936)
  • 6 June - Fulton Mackay, actor (born 1922)

The Arts

  • 1 May - Glasgow band Deacon Blue release their debut album Raintown.
  • 10 August - Liz Lochhead's play Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off premières at the Edinburgh Festival.
  • Publication of William Boyd's novel The New Confessions.
  • Publication of Ian Rankin's Knots and Crosses, first of the Inspector Rebus detective novels, set around Edinburgh.
  • First staging of Tony Roper's play The Steamie, in Glasgow.

See also

  • 1987 in the United Kingdom


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