Events from 1989 in Scotland


  • Monarch â€" Elizabeth II


  • 4 January - A memorial service is held for the 270 people who died in the Lockerbie air disaster, including 11 from Lockerbie itself, two weeks ago.
  • 18 January - Aberdeen area bus operator Grampian Regional Transport Ltd is sold by Grampian Regional Council in an employee stock ownership plan to GRT Holdings plc led by general manager Moir Lockhead in the first sale of a non-PTE municipal operator following bus deregulation in Great Britain. GRT goes on to become a foundation of the national transport operator FirstGroup.
  • 7 February - Ness Viaduct at Inverness is washed away by floods, isolating the rail system to the far north for more than two years.
  • 6 March - Glasgow Bellgrove rail accident: Two killed in a head-on collision.
  • 30 March - The Claim of Right is signed at the General Assembly Hall, on the Mound in Edinburgh, by 58 of Scotland's 72 Members of Parliament.
  • May - St. Enoch Centre shopping mall opened to the public in Glasgow city centre.
  • 15 June - Glasgow Central by-election: Labour retain the seat despite a 15.1% swing to the SNP
  • 10 July - Mo Johnston becomes the first Roman Catholic player to sign for Rangers, the Scottish league champions, when he completes a £1.5million move from the French club Nantes. To add controversy to the move, Johnston was a player for their city rivals Celtic from 1984 to 1987.
  • 15 November - Scotland achieves qualification for the FIFA World Cup.


  • 1 January - Alan Martin, footballer
  • 8 August - Hannah Miley, swimmer
  • 28 August - Jamie Murphy, footballer


  • 23 March - Bob McTaggart, Labour MP 1980-1989 (born 1945)
  • 14 September - Alexander Scott, poet and literary scholar (born 1920)

The Arts

  • James Kelman's Glasgow patter stream of consciousness novel A Disaffection is published.

See also

  • 1989 in the United Kingdom


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