Events from 2005 in Scotland


  • Monarch â€" Elizabeth II
  • First Minister and Keeper of the Great Seal â€" Jack McConnell


2005 in Scotland


  • 8 January - After a night of stormy weather the Irish Sea ferry European Highlander has run aground on the south-west coast, with passengers remaining on board rather than evacuating under the prevailing conditions.
  • 20 January - Carolyn Leckie, a member of the Scottish Parliament, is jailed for seven days for non-payment of a fine arising from a protest at Faslane nuclear base.


  • 21 March - Agreement announced for sale of Jenners department store of Edinburgh to the House of Fraser.


  • 21 April - Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act passed by the Scottish Parliament, the first piece of legislation in the UK to give formal recognition to the Scottish Gaelic language. It aims to secure Gaelic as an official language of Scotland, commanding "equal respect" with English, by establishing Bòrd na Gàidhlig within the framework of the government of Scotland (Royal Assent: 1 June).


  • 5 May
    • The UK General Election results in Labour winning 41 of Scotland's 59 MP's, with the Liberal Democrats winning eleven, the SNP winning six and the Conservatives winning one.
    • Theresa Breslin's young adult novel Divided City is published.


  • 1 June â€" Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act of the Scottish Parliament establishes Bòrd na Gàidhlig to secure the status of Scottish Gaelic as an official language of Scotland.
  • 23 June - Prince William of Wales graduates from the University of St Andrews.


  • 5 July - Riots in Edinburgh by anti-capitalist and anti-G8 protesters.
  • 6 July
    • The 31st G8 summit, hosted by the UK, begins at the Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire.
    • Edinburgh 50,000 - The Final Push concert held in Edinburgh.
  • 8 July - Scottish Jacobite Party formed, favouring an independent republican Scotland.


  • 5 August - The Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Act 2005, banning smoking in enclosed public spaces, gets Royal assent.


  • 29 September;
    • Livingston by-election results in Jim Devine holding the UK parliamentary seat for Labour though with a reduced majority in the face of a swing of 10.2% to the SNP.
    • Glasgow Cathcart by-election results in Charlie Gordon holding the Scottish Parliament seat for Labour in the face of a 3.7% swing to the SNP.


  • 5 October - Three perpetrators of the racially motivated murder of Glasgow teenager Kriss Donald, arrive in Scotland to face trial in a one-off extradition agreement negotiated with Pakistan.


  • 13 November - Andrew Stimpson, a 25-year-old man from Scotland, is reported as the first person proven to have been 'cured' of HIV.
  • 21 November - Alfred Anderson, one of the last surviving First World War veterans and the oldest man in Scotland, dies at the age of 109. He is also the last known survivor of the 1914 Christmas truce. There are now only approximately 20 surviving British veterans of the conflict, all aged over 100 years.


2005 in Scotland
  • 30 January - Martyn Bennett, Canadian-born musician (born 1971)
  • 26 April - Gordon Campbell, Baron Campbell of Croy, politician (born 1921)
  • 29 June - John Burgess, bagpiper (born 1934)
  • 15 July - David Daiches, literary scholar (born 1912 in England)
  • 6 August - Robin Cook, former Foreign Secretary (born 1946)
  • 7 December - Lucy d'Abreu, supercentenarian, oldest person in U.K. at date of death (born 1892 in the British Raj)

See also

2005 in Scotland
  • Timeline of Scottish history
  • 2005 in the United Kingdom


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