Events from 1991 in Scotland.


  • Monarch â€" Elizabeth II


  • 4 April â€" South Ronaldsay child abuse scandal: Social services in Orkney are criticised for their handling of more than 100 children who have returned to their families after being taken away over allegations of child abuse.
  • 18 May â€" Motherwell F.C. triumph 4â€"3 over Dundee United to win the Scottish Cup.
  • 8 July â€" Inauguration of full electric service on British Rail's East Coast Main Line from London King's Cross railway station through to Edinburgh Waverley.
  • 9 July â€" Western Isles Council loses £23 million in the closure of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International.
  • 25 July â€" The Age of Legal Capacity (Scotland) Act 1991, which gives full legal capacity to those aged over 16, receives the Royal Assent.
  • 13 August â€" The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, resigns as patron of Scotland's National Museum over a competition to design a new building.
  • 27 August â€" Dornoch Firth Bridge opened.
  • 29 August â€" Alick Buchanan-Smith, Conservative MP for Kincardine and Deeside, dies aged 59.
  • 30 August â€" Liz McColgan wins a gold medal at the World Athletics Championships in Tokyo, Japan.
  • October â€" Privatisation of the Scottish Bus Group concludes with sale of Western Scottish in a management buyout.
  • 7 November â€" Kincardine and Deeside by-election results in the Liberal Democrats gaining the seat from the Conservatives on a swing of 11.4%.
  • Highlands and Islands Enterprise supersedes the Highlands and Islands Development Board.
  • Publication of Vera Carstairs' and Russell Morris' Deprivation and Health in Scotland by Aberdeen University Press, introducing the Carstairs index of deprivation.


  • 2 February â€" Sir Monty Finniston, industrialist (born 1912)
  • 27 June â€" George MacLeod, soldier and minister of religion (born 1895)
  • 29 August â€" Alick Buchanan-Smith, Conservative politician (born 1932)

The Arts

  • October â€" Irvine Welsh's short story "The First Day of the Edinbugh Festival", later incorporated into Trainspotting, is published in New Writing Scotland.
  • Robert Alan Jamieson's novel A Day at the Office is published.
  • Jackie Kay's first, semi-autobiographical, poetry collection The Adoption Papers is published.

See also

1991 in Scotland
  • 1991 in the United Kingdom


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