Events from 2003 in Scotland


  • Monarch â€" Elizabeth II
  • First Minister and Keeper of the Great Seal - Jack McConnell (since 22 November 2001)


2003 in Scotland
  • 29 January - Nat Fraser is found guilty of murdering his wife, Arlene, who went missing almost five years earlier, and is sentenced to life imprisonment with a recommendation to serve a minimum of 25 years.
  • 15 February - Up to 100,000 people march in Glasgow to protest against the looming Iraq War.
  • 25 February - The Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 receives Royal Assent.
  • 3 May - Scottish parliamentary election, 2003: the Labour and Liberal Democrat coalition led by Jack McConnell win a majority of the seats and remain in power. The Scottish Green Party and the Scottish Socialist Party significantly increase their representation.
  • 19 July - Scotland's first cardinal for nearly 400 years, Cardinal Gordon Gray, dies aged 82.
  • 9 August - Temperatures at Greycrook in the Scottish Borders reach 32.9°C, the highest ever recorded in Scotland.
  • 25 August - Glasgow Zoo closes.
  • 1 September - Cairngorms National Park created, Scotland's second national park.
  • 21 October - Cardinal Keith O'Brien is proclaimed a cardinal by John Paul II.
  • 24 November - The High Court in Glasgow imposes a minimum sentence of 27 years for Al Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi, the Libyan convicted of bombing Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie.
  • Ownership of the Barra Estate is passed by the owner, Ian MacNeil, to the Scottish Government.


2003 in Scotland
  • 26 January - George Younger, Conservative politician, former Secretary of State for Scotland (born 1931)
  • 14 February - Dolly, cloned sheep (born 1996)
  • 30 July - Steve Hislop, motorcycle racer, killed in helicopter accident (born 1962)
  • 25 September - Alastair Borthwick, broadcaster and mountaineer (born 1913)

The Arts

  • Lin Anderson's first "Tartan Noir" novel Driftnet is published.
  • Anne Donovan's first full-length novel Buddha Da is published.
  • The folk band Harem Scarem is formed.

See also

  • Timeline of Scottish history
  • 2003 in the United Kingdom


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