Events from 2000 in Scotland


  • Monarch - Elizabeth II
  • First Minister and Keeper of the Great Seal - Donald Dewar (until 11 October 2000), Henry McLeish (from 26 October 2000)


  • 11 January - A Scottish trawler, the Solway Harvester, sinks in the Irish Sea, killing seven crew.
  • 26 January - A tribunal has granted the release of a school playground killer, Barbara Glover, who was ordered to be detained without limit of time for the 1991 murder of Diane Watson.
  • 11 February - The Royal Bank of Scotland succeeds in the hostile takeover battle for its larger English rival, NatWest Bank, successfully defeating a rival offer by the Bank of Scotland.
  • 7 April - The Union Canal reopens for leisure purposes from Linlithgow to Hermiston.
  • 29 April - At Murrayfield Stadium, the 2000 Challenge Cup tournament culminates in the Bradford Bulls' 24 - 18 win in the final against the Leeds Rhinos.
  • May - The Scottish Parliament meets during this month in the former Strathclyde Regional Council debating chamber in Glasgow.
  • 3 May - The Pan Am Flight 103 bombing trial opens at the Scottish Court in the Netherlands.
  • 9 June - The Abolition of Feudal Tenure etc. (Scotland) Act 2000 receives Royal Assent.
  • 21 June - Repeal of controversial Section 2B of the Local Government Act 1988 which prevented local authorities from "promoting homosexuality".
  • 18 July - Alex Salmond resigns as the leader of the Scottish National Party.
  • 4 August - Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother celebrates her 100th birthday in London.
  • 26â€"27 October - Following the death of Donald Dewar, Henry McLeish is selected to be First Minister of Scotland by the Scottish Parliament, and is officially appointed by The Queen.
  • 21 November - Dennis Canavan MSP resigns as MP for Falkirk West, triggering a by-election.
  • 23 November - Double by-election held in Glasgow Anniesland to elect successors to Donald Dewar's seats in both the UK Parliament and the Scottish Parliament. Labour holds both seats with swings to the SNP of 6% and 7%.
  • 18 December - It is announced that Inverness has been awarded city status.
  • 21 December - Falkirk West by-election results in Eric Joyce retaining the UK parliament seat for Labour, though with a majority reduced to just 705 votes in the face of a swing of 16.2% to the SNP.
  • 22 December - American pop singer Madonna marries English-born film director Guy Ritchie at Skibo Castle, their son Rocco having been christened at Dornoch Cathedral the previous day.


  • 4 March - Hermann Brück, astronomer (born 1905 in Germany)
  • 27 May - Murray MacLehose, Baron MacLehose of Beoch, Governor of Hong Kong (born 1917)
  • 23 December - Jimmy Shand, accordionist and bandleader (born 1908)

The Arts

  • 27 February - Comedy drama television series Monarch of the Glen debuts on BBC One nationally.

See also

  • Timeline of Scottish history
  • 2000 in the United Kingdom


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