Events from 2015 in Scotland


  • Monarch - Queen Elizabeth II (since 6 February 1952)
  • First Minister and Keeper of the Great Seal - Nicola Sturgeon (since 20 November 2014)



  • 5 January - The cargo ship Cemfjord capsizes in the Pentland Firth. Eight people are reported missing.


  • 1 April - Abellio ScotRail are due to take over the ScotRail franchise, previously operated by First ScotRail. The Caledonian Sleeper service is to be taken over by Serco.
  • 11 April - The wedding of Scottish tennis star Andy Murray to his long-term partner Kim Sears takes place in Dunblane.


  • 8 May - In the United Kingdom general election, the Scottish National Party win 56 out of the 59 seats in Scotland, making them the largest party. Only three seats were retained by other parties:
    • Orkney and Shetland, by Alistair Carmichael of the Liberal Democrats;
    • Edinburgh South, by Ian Murray of Labour;
    • Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale, by David Mundell of the Conservatives.
    • In addition, Mhairi Black of the Scottish Nationalists, at 20, becomes the youngest MP since 1667.
  • 16 May -
    • The Church of Scotland votes to allow the ordination of gay ministers in civil partnerships.
    • Jim Murphy announces his resignation as leader of the Scottish Labour Party, after the party's poor performance at the general election.


  • 5 July - UNESCO gives World Heritage status to the Forth Bridge.


  • 17 February â€" George Mackie, Baron Mackie of Benshie, Liberal Democrat peer and politician (born 1919).
  • 2 March â€" Dave Mackay, football manager (born 1934).
  • 10 March â€" John Howard Wilson, rugby union player (born 1930).
  • 19 April â€" Tom McCabe, Labour politician (born 1954).
  • 2 May â€" Ryan McHenry, film director and social media personality (born 1987).
  • 16 May â€" Flora MacNeil, singer in Scottish Gaelic (born 1928).
  • 1 June â€" Charles Kennedy, Liberal Democrat politician and former party leader (born 1959).
  • 11 June â€" Ian McKechnie, footballer (Hull City) (born 1941).
  • 21 June â€" Jim Rowan, footballer (born 1934).
  • 22 June â€" James Carnegie, 3rd Duke of Fife, nobleman (born 1929).
  • 23 June â€" Jack Asher, shinty player and referee(born 1927).

See also

  • Timeline of Scottish history
  • 2015 in the United Kingdom


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