Glasgow in History

Scotland: Edinburgh

Historical Events

  • 1174-03-23 Jocelin, abbot of Melrose, is elected bishop of Glasgow

ScotlandWilliam Wallace Executed

1305-08-05 William Wallace, who led Scottish resistance to England, is captured by the English near Glasgow and transported to London for trial and execution.
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William Wallace on trial at Westminster Hall in a painting by Daniel Maclise
William Wallace on trial at Westminster Hall in a painting by Daniel Maclise
  • 1745-01-06 Bonnie Prince Charlies' army draws to Glasgow
  • 1746-01-03 Bonnie Prince Charlies army leaves Glasgow, [NS=1/14]
  • 1746-01-14 Bonnie Prince Charlie's army leaves Glasgow [OS=Jan 3]

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1834-11-14 William Thomson enters Glasgow University at 10 yrs 4 months

Mathematical Physicist and Engineer William Thomson
Mathematical Physicist and Engineer
William Thomson
  • 1851-01-01 City of Glasgow steamer inaugurates Philadelphia-Liverpool line
  • 1854-03-01 SS City of Glasgow leaves Liverpool harbour with apprpx 480 passengers and crew; she was never seen again
  • 1872-11-30 First international soccer game, Scotland draws with England (0-0) in Glasgow
  • 1876-03-25 Glasgow 1st soccer match Scotland-Wales (4-0)
  • 1883-10-04 First meeting of the Boys' Brigade in Glasgow, Scotland.
  • 1896-12-14 The Glasgow Underground Railway is opened by the Glasgow District Subway Company
  • 1902-04-05 In Glasgow, Scotland the Ibrox disaster occurs after a section of a grandstand collapses killing 25 and injuring 517
  • 1906-12-29 Stanley Cup, Montreal Arena, Westmount, Quebec: Montreal Wanderers beat New Glasgow (NS), 7-2 for 17-5 aggregate challenge series victory
  • 1919-01-31 The Battle of George Square takes place in Glasgow, Scotland: troops deployed against protesters for fear of a Bolshevik uprising
  • 1922-10-17 Scottish worker begins hunger march from Glasgow on London
  • 1960-03-28 Scotch whisky factory explodes burying 20 fire fighters in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1960-05-18 European Cup Final, Glasgow: Ferenc Puskás scores 4, Alfredo Di Stéfano 3 as Real Madrid routs Eintracht Frankfurt, 7-3; 5th consecutive title for Los Blancos
  • 1961-05-27 Fiorentina of Italy win 1st European Cup Winner's Cup against Glasgow Rangers 4-2 in Florence (2nd leg)
  • 1965-12-03 The Beatles begin final UK concert tour in Glasgow
  • 1966-05-05 Borussia Dortmund of West Germany win 6th European Cup Winner's Cup against Liverpool of England 2-1 in Glasgow
  • 1971-01-02 A barrier collapses at Ibrox Park football ground at end of a soccer match in Glasgow Scotland, killing 66
  • 1972-05-24 Glasgow Rangers of Scotland win 12th European Cup Winner's Cup against Dynamo Moscow 3-2 of the Soviet Union 3-2 in Barcelona
  • 1976-05-12 20th European Cup: Bayern Munich beats Saint-Etienne 1-0 at Glasgow
  • 2002-05-15 10th UEFA Champions League Final: Real Madrid beats Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 at Glasgow
  • 2007-06-30 A car crashes into Glasgow International Airport in Scotland, believed to be a terrorist attack
  • 2014-07-23 20th Commonwealth Games open in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 2018-06-15 Glasgow School of Art, designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh burns down, four years after a previous fire
  • 2018-08-05 English swimmer Adam Peaty breaks his own world record in 57.00 as he wins his 9th European 100m breaststroke title in Glasgow, Scotland

Famous Birthdays

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  • 1744-10-06 James McGill, Scottish-Canadian businessman and philanthropist, born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1813)
  • 1772-06-08 Robert Stevenson, Scottish civil engineer (Bell Rock Lighthouse, Scotland), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1850)
  • 1776-12-29 Charles Macintosh, Scottish chemist and inventor (waterproof fabric), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1843)
  • 1777-07-27 Thomas Campbell, Scottish poet (Hohenlinden, Battle of the Baltic), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1844)
  • 1797-10-13 William Motherwell, Scottish civil servant and poet, born in Glasgow, Scotland

Person of interestJohn A. Macdonald

1815-01-11 John A. Macdonald, First Prime Minister of Canada (1867-1873 and 1878-1891), born in Glasgow, Scotland

Prime Minister of Canada John A. Macdonald
Prime Minister of Canada
John A. Macdonald
  • 1819-08-25 Allan Pinkerton, American private detective and founder of Chicago detective agency, born in Glasgow (d. 1894)

Person of interestHenry Campbell-Bannerman

1836-09-07 Henry Campbell-Bannerman, British Prime Minister (Liberal: 1905-08), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1908)

British Prime Minister Henry Campbell-Bannerman
British Prime Minister
Henry Campbell-Bannerman
  • 1850-05-10 Thomas Johnstone Lipton, yachtsman/tea magnate (Lipton Tea), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1850-05-27 Thomas Neill Cream, Scottish-Canadian serial killer (Lambeth poisoner), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1892)
  • 1852-10-02 William Ramsay, Scottish chemist who discovered noble gases (Nobel 1904), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1916)
  • 1856-11-03 Jim McCormick, Scottish-born American baseball player, born in Glasgow (d. 1918)
  • 1863-09-13 Arthur Henderson, British Labour minister (Nobel Peace Prize 1934), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1935)
  • 1864-04-10 Eugene Francis Charles D'Albert, German pianist and composer (Golem), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1932)
  • 1868-06-07 Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Scottish architect, designer, and illustrator, born in Townhead, Glasgow (d. 1928)
  • 1876-03-23 Muirhead Bone, etcher/engraver of architecture, born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1880-07-14 Donald Meek, Scottish actor (Stage Fair, Stagecoach), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1946)
  • 1882-08-31 Charles O'Neill, Canadian composer and bandmaster, born in Duntocher, near Glasgow, (d. 1964)
  • 1886-02-02 Frank Lloyd, Scotland, actor and director (Mutiny on Bounty, Oliver Twist, Blood on the Sun), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1960)
  • 1886-04-21 Charles "Charlie" Naughton, Scottish actor (Frozen Limits), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1976)
  • 1886-07-23 Arthur Whitten Brown, British aviator (first nonstop airplane crossing of the Atlantic with John W. Alcock), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1948)
  • 1903-08-23 William Primrose, Scottish violist (Method for Violin & Viola), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1982)
  • 1905-08-20 Duncan Macrae, Scottish actor (Casino Royale, The Little Kidnappers), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1967)
  • 1905-10-09 May Moxon, Scottish dance producer, born in Townhead, Glasgow (d. 1996)
  • 1907-10-02 Alexander Robertus Todd, British organic chemist (Nobel Prize 1957), born in Glasgow (d. 1997)
  • 1908-06-12 Ronald Selby Wright, Scottish Church of Scotland minister, born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1995)
  • 1908-08-23 Hannah Frank, Scottish artist and sculptor, born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2008)
  • 1909-05-16 Charles Wislon, principal (Glasgow University)
  • 1910-08-02 Roger MacDougall, Scottish playwright and screenwriter (The Man in the White Suit), born in Glasgow (d. 1993)
  • 1910-09-24 Leon MacLaren, British philosopher and founder of the LSE, born in Glasgow (d. 1994)
  • 1910-12-11 Robert Grieve, Scottish civil servant and planner, born in Glasgow (d. 1995)
  • 1911-02-11 Alec Cairncross, chancellor (Glasgow U)
  • 1911-08-03 Alex McCrindle, Scottish actor (Star Wars, Eye of the Needle), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1990)
  • 1912-03-13 James Friell, Scottish political cartoonist (Daily Worker), born in Glasgow (d. 1997)
  • 1913-03-06 Ella Logan [Ina Allan], Scottish actress (52nd Street, Woman Chases Man, Top of the Town), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 19690
  • 1914-05-26 Archie Duncan, Scottish actor (The Adventures of Robin Hood, Sherlock Holmes), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1979)
  • 1915-03-29 George Chisholm, Scottish jazz trombonist, born in Glasgow (d. 1997)
  • 1916-08-14 Andrew Kay, surgeon/professor of surgery (U of Glasgow)
  • 1917-03-02 Alex Graham, Scottish cartoonist who created the comic strip "Fred Basset", born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1991)
  • 1917-09-12 Seamas NacNeill, Classical physicist and piper, born in Glasgow (d. 1996)
  • 1918-06-06 Tom Scott, Scottish poet (Sea Dirge: A Mither's Keenin), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1995)
  • 1918-09-07 Robin Lorimer, Scottish publisher (New Testament from Greek into Scots), born in Glasgow (d. 1996)
  • 1918-09-27 James McCallion, Scottish actor (Coogan's Bluff, Vera Cruz), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1991)
  • 1919-04-12 Billy Vaughn, American singer and bandleader (Sail Along Sil'vry Moon), born in Glasgow, Kentucky (d. 1991)
  • 1920-01-15 John Junor, Scottish journalist (Sunday Express), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1997)
  • 1920-01-26 Derek Bond, British actor (Nicholas Nickelby, Armchair Theatre), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2006)
  • 1920-03-08 Eileen Herlie [Herlihy], Scottish-American actress (All My Children, The Angel with the Trumpet), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2008)
  • 1920-04-09 David Walker, Professor of Law (Glasgow University)
  • 1920-04-27 Edwin Morgan, Scottish poet (At Eighty), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2010)
  • 1921-04-20 Donald Gunn MacRae, sociologist, born in Glasgow (d. 1997)
  • 1921-06-08 Alwyn Williams, Welsh geologist and Vice-Chancellor (University of Glasgow), born in Aberdare, Wales (d. 2004)
  • 1922-04-28 Alistair MacLean, Scottish novelist (The Guns of Navarone), born in Shettleston, Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1987)
  • 1922-06-06 Ian Hamilton, Scottish composer, born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2000)
  • 1923-01-15 Ivor Cutler, Scottish poet, born in Glasgow, United Kingdom (d. 2006)
  • 1923-05-06 Elizabeth Sellars, Scottish actress (Chalk Garden, A Voyage Round My Father), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1923-10-25 Bobby Thomson, Scottish-American baseball player, born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2010)
  • 1923-12-19 Gordon Jackson, Scottish actor (Upstairs, Downstairs, The Professionals, The Great Escape), born in Glasgow, Scotland(d. 1990)
  • 1924-04-03 Murray Dickie, Scottish opera singer and director, born in Bishopton, Glasgow (d. 1995)
  • 1924-04-16 Geoffrey Johnson Smith, Scottish Conservative politician (1959-2001), born in Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland (d. 2010)
  • 1924-04-18 Buxton Orr, Anglo-Scottish composer, born in Glasgow (d. 1997)
  • 1925-06-03 Thomas Winning, Roman Catholic archbishop (Glasgow)
  • 1926-04-22 James Stirling, Scottish architect, born in Glasgow (d. 1992)
  • 1926-05-24 Stanley Baxter, Scottish actor (The Stanley Baxter Moving Picture Show, Crook Anonymous), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1927-10-07 R. D. Laing, Scottish psychiatrist, born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1989)
  • 1928-04-04 Jimmy Logan, British comedian (Mad Death), born in Dennistoun, Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2001)
  • 1929-01-12 Alasdair MacIntyre, Scottish-born American philosopher, born in Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • 1929-07-10 Winnie Ewing, Scottish lawyer and politician (President of the Scottish National Party), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1929-09-24 George McNicol, Principal and vice-chancellor (Aberdeen University), born in Glasgow (d. 2014)
  • 1930-01-04 Iain Cuthbertson, Scottish actor (Guilty, Scandal, Rep, Danger UXB), born in Glasgow, Lanarkshire (d. 2009)
  • 1930-07-27 Andy [Andrew] White, Scottish drummer, drummed on early Beatles records ("Love Me Do" and "P.S. I Love You"), born in Glasgow (d. 2015)
  • 1931-04-29 Lonnie Donegan, Scottish singer-songwriter and the King of Skiffle, born in Glasgow (d. 2002)
  • 1932-05-08 Phyllida Law, Scottish actress (Much Ado About Nothing, The Time Machine), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1933-02-18 Mary Ure, Scottish actress (Reflection of Fear, Windom's Way) (d. 1975), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1933-09-19 David McCallum, Scottish-American actor (Ilyla Kuryakin-Man From UNCLE), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1933-11-13 Adrienne Corri, actress (River, Doctor Zhivago), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2016)
  • 1936-01-16 Michael White, British theater/film producer (The Rocky Horror Picture Show), born in Glasgow (d. 2016)
  • 1936-06-26 Robert Maclennan, Baron Maclennan of Rogart, born in Glasgow
  • 1937-05-30 Arthur C. Jacobs, Scottish poet, born in Glasgow (d. 1994)
  • 1937-08-21 Donald Campbell Dewar, Scotish politician (1st minister of Scotland's first Parliament in almost 300yrs), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2000)
  • 1937-08-22 Donald MacLeary, British ballet dancer (Royal Ballet), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1937-08-27 Phil Shulman, Welsh rocker (Gentle Giant), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1938-01-02 Ian Brady [Ian Duncan Stewart], British serial killer (Moors Murders), born in Glasgow (d. 2017)
  • 1938-04-16 Gordon Wilson, Scottish politician (Leader of the Scottish National Party), born in Govan, Glasgow (d. 2017)
  • 1940-07-01 Craig Brown, Scottish soccer player/manager/administrator (Scotland manager 1993-2001), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1941-05-22 Menzies Campbell, British politician (Member of Parliament for North East Fife), born in Glasgow
  • 1941-12-31 Sir Alex Ferguson, Scottish football manager, born in Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • 1942-07-27 Bobby [Robert Arthur Thornbury] Campbell, Scottish journalist and musician, born in Glasgow (d. 1997)
  • 1943-05-03 John Costello, British military historian, born in Greenock, Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1995)
  • 1943-05-05 Andy Roxburgh, Scottish football player, coach and manager, born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1943-11-03 Bert Jansch, Scottish folk musician (Pentangle), born in Glasgow (d. 2011)
  • 1944-04-19 Margo MacDonald, Scottish national broadcaster and politician (MP for Glasgow Govan 1973-74), born in Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland (d. 2014)
  • 1945-01-12 Maggie Bell, Scottish rock vocalist, born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1945-03-18 Eric Woolfson, Scottish singer and producer (The Alan Parsons Project), born in Glasgow (d. 2009)
  • 1945-09-05 Al Stewart, rocker (Year of the Cat), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1945-10-05 Brian Connolly, Scottish singer (Sweet), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1946-01-12 Lady Cosgrove, Scottish lawyer & judge, born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1946-05-10 Donovan [Philips Leitch], Scottish musician (Sunshine Superman, Catch the Wind), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1946-11-06 George Young, Scottish-Australian rock guitarist (Easybeats, AC/DC), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2017)
  • 1947-02-01 Adam Ingram, British politician, born in Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • 1947-02-02 Derek Shulman, Scottish musician (Gentle Giant), born in Glasgow

Famous Deaths

  • 1199-03-17 Jocelin, bishop of Glasgow
  • 2014-04-04 Margo MacDonald, Scottish national broadcaster and politician (MP for Glasgow Govan 1973-74), dies at 70