Events from 2014 in Scotland


  • Monarch - Queen Elizabeth II (since 6 February 1952)
  • First Minister and Keeper of the Great Seal - Alex Salmond (until 19 November 2014); Nicola Sturgeon (since 19 November 2014)



  • 13 January â€" The UK Treasury says that should Scots vote to leave the UK, it will honour all UK government debt issued up to the date of Scottish independence.
  • 23 January â€" Cowdenbeath by-election for the Scottish Parliament constituency of Cowdenbeath is won by Alex Rowley for the Labour Party.
  • 29 January â€" During a visit to Scotland, Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England says that in the event of Scottish independence, the country would need to give up some powers in return for a currency union with the United Kingdom.


  • 13 February - UK Chancellor George Osborne, backed by Labour and the Liberal Democrats, says a vote for Scottish independence would mean walking away from the pound.


  • 29 March - a government minister at the heart of the pro-union campaign admits that a currency union would eventually be agreed between an independent Scotland and the remainder of the UK to ensure fiscal and economic stability on both sides of the border.


  • 23 May - A fire at the Glasgow School of Art causes severe damage to the main building, designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
  • 31 May - start of passenger services on Edinburgh Trams.


  • 15 July - Launch of .scot domain names
  • 24 July â€" The 2014 Commonwealth Games opened in Glasgow.


  • 18 September â€" A referendum on whether Scotland should be an independent country took place.


  • 20 October - Introduction of a minimum charge of 5p for single-use carrier bags.
  • 24 October - Resignation of Johann Lamont as leader of the Scottish Labour Party.
  • 30 October - Resignation of Anas Sarwar as deputy leader of the Scottish Labour Party.


  • 15 November - Scottish National Party leadership election, Nicola Sturgeon is elected as leader, with Stewart Hosie as depute leader.
  • 20 November - Nicola Sturgeon elected as First Minister of Scotland.
  • 24 November - Launch of The National, a pro-independence newspaper.


  • 13 December - Scottish Labour Party leadership election, Jim Murphy elected as leader, with Kezia Dugdale as deputy.
  • 22 December - Bin lorry crashes in George Square, Glasgow, killing six people.


  • 26 January - John Farquhar Munro MSP (born 1934)
  • 4 April â€" Margo MacDonald MSP (born 1943)
  • 24 April â€" Sandy Jardine, international footballer and manager (born 1948)
  • 3 May â€" Dick Douglas, Labour, then SNP, Member of Parliament (born 1932)
  • 9 May â€" Mary Stewart, novelist (born 1916 in England)
  • 13 June â€" David MacLennan, theatre actor and producer (born 1948)
  • 24 September â€" Hugh C. Rae, novelist (born 1935)

See also

  • Timeline of Scottish history
  • 2014 in the United Kingdom


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