Events from 1993 in Scotland


  • Monarch â€" Elizabeth II


  • 5 January - Oil tanker MV Braer runs aground on Shetland, spilling 84,700 tonnes of crude oil into the sea. She is broken up by the following Braer Storm of January 1993.
  • 1 April
    • The Council Tax replaces the Community Charge as a means of raising revenue for local government.
    • Glasgow Caledonian University is created by merger of Glasgow Polytechnic and The Queen's College, Glasgow.
  • 8 May - A new Methodist church building at Haroldswick on Shetland is dedicated, the most northerly church in the British Isles.
  • 27 May - The Protection of Animals (Scotland) Act 1993, which increases the penalties for cruelty to animals, receives the Royal Assent.
  • 29 May - Rangers F.C. beat Aberdeen 2-1 to win the Scottish Cup.>
  • July - Jim McLean steps down as manager of Dundee United after a reign of 21 years and seven months.
  • 15 July - Rangers sign Duncan Ferguson for £4 million from Dundee United, a record fee between two British clubs.
  • 13 September - Andy Roxburgh resigns after seven years as manager of the Scotland national football team, who now have virtually no hope of qualifying for next summer's World Cup.
  • 1 November - Craig Brown appointed manager of the Scotland national football team.


  • 18 January - Arthur Donaldson, former Scottish National Party leader (born 1901)
  • 21 July - John Crichton-Stuart, 6th Marquess of Bute, architectural conservationist (born 1933 in London)
  • 11 October - Andy Stewart, singer (born 1933)
  • 24 October - Jo Grimond, former Liberal Party leader (born 1913)

The Arts

  • April - St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art opens in Glasgow.
  • August 30 - Irvine Welsh's novel Trainspotting is released at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.
  • December - English writer Jo Rowling moves to Edinburgh where she works on her first Harry Potter novel.
  • Peter Howson is appointed British official war artist in the Bosnian War.

See also

  • 1993 in the United Kingdom


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