Events from 2013 in Scotland


  • Monarch - Queen Elizabeth II (since 6 February 1952)
  • First Minister and Keeper of the Great Seal - Alex Salmond (since 16 May 2007)


2013 in Scotland


  • 3 January - The Met Office reports that 2012 was the 17th wettest year on record for Scotland.
  • 15 January - Gordon Strachan is confirmed as the new manager of Scotland
  • 19 January - Four die in Glencoe avalanche


  • 7 February - Plans announced for second Gaelic school in Glasgow to meet growing demand.
  • 22 February - Cardinal Keith O'Brien, leader of Scotland's Catholics says he believes priests should be able to marry if they wish to do so.
  • 25 February - Cardinal Keith O'Brien, steps down as leader of Scotland's Catholics after being accused of inappropriate behaviour towards priests dating back to the 1980s.
  • 27 February - Dumfries and Galloway Councillors approve plans for the Star of Caledonia public artwork that will mark the Scotland-England border at Gretna


  • 15 March;
    • McCluskey Report recommends legal press regulation in Scotland
    • Cockenzie coal-fired power plant closes
  • 20 March - Peterhead is one of two preferred bidders in the £1bn competition to encourage the development of carbon capture and storage technology.
  • 21 March - The date for the Scottish independence referendum is announced as 18 September 2014
  • 22 March - Snow and gales blast the west coast, plunging about 20,000 properties into darkness


  • 1 April - Police Scotland, a single national police force created by the merger of the country's eight police forces into one, comes into being. Likewise united are the eight fire and rescue services into the new Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.
  • 15 April - The Scottish Premier League fails to achieve the 11-1 majority required to agree a new 12-12-18 model for Scottish football after Ross County and St Mirren vote against the proposal.
  • 29 April - Tobacco display ban in large shops comes into force


  • 14 May - Launch of Business for Scotland, a pro-independence network of business people campaigning for a Yes vote in the 2014 referendum
  • 20 May - The Church of Scotland's ruling General Assembly votes to allow actively gay men and women to become ministers.
  • 24 May - Yes Scotland announces that a total of 372,103 had signed the Yes Declaration with 16 months to go until the referendum on Scottish independence.


  • 19 June - Hearts placed into administration and will start next season in the top flight with a 15-point deduction
  • 20 June - Aberdeen Donside by-election held to elect replacement for Brian Adam who died in April.
  • 21 June - SNP's Mark McDonald wins Aberdeen Donside by-election
  • 26 June - The new road bridge across the River Forth is named as the Queensferry Crossing
  • 27 June - The bill to give 16 and 17-year-olds the right to vote in the Scottish independence referendum is passed by MSPs
  • 28 June - The Scottish Premier League and the Scottish Football League agree to merge to form the Scottish Professional Football League


  • 22 August - Yes Scotland forced to close its computer systems after being hacked by "forces unknown". Police Scotland’s Digital Forensic Unit is investigating.
  • 23 August â€" A Super Puma L2 helicopter crashes near Sumburgh Airport in the Shetland Islands, resulting in four fatalities. Operation of the helicopter model is globally suspended.


  • 27 September - Prime Minister David Cameron rejects an invitation for a head-to-head TV debate on Scottish independence with First Minister Alex Salmond


  • 8 October - The Scottish Government announces that the loss making Prestwick Airport in Glasgow is to be taken into public ownership.
  • 23 October - Ineos announces that the petrochemical plant at Grangemouth is to close with the loss of about 800 jobs.


  • 26 November - First Minister Alex Salmond launches the Scottish Government's White Paper setting out its vision for an independent Scotland.
  • 29 November - A Glasgow police helicopter crashes into a busy nightclub, causing eight confirmed deaths and thirty-two injured.


  • 15 December - Andy Murray wins BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2013


2013 in Scotland
  • 3 January â€" Jimmy Halliday, 85, leader of the Scottish National Party from 1956 to 1960, (born 1927)
  • 26 January â€" Lesley Fitz-Simons, actress (born 1961)
  • 8 February â€" Ian Lister, footballer (born 1948)
  • 23 February â€" Bruce Millan, 85, former Scottish Secretary and European Commissioner (born 1927)
  • 31 May â€" Frederic Lindsay, writer of crime fiction (born 1933)
  • 9 June â€" Iain Banks, author (born 1954)
  • 23 June â€" Peter Fraser, Baron Fraser of Carmyllie, Conservative MP (1979â€"87) for Angus (South then East) and advocate (born 1945)
  • 12 August â€" David McLetchie Leader of Scottish Conservatives 1998-2005 and MSP 1999-2012 (born 1952)

See also

  • Timeline of Scottish history
  • 2013 in the United Kingdom


2013 in Scotland

2013 in Scotland

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