Glasgow in History

Scotland: Edinburgh

Historical Events

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

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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.

Scottish nobleman William Wallace
Scottish nobleman
William Wallace
  • 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]

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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 Montreal Wanderers beat New Glasgow (NS) for Stanley Cup (2nd of 1906)
  • 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 5th European Cup: Real Madrid beats Frankfurt 7-3 at Glasgow
  • 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)

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, serial killer (Lambeth poisoner), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1892)
  • 1856-11-03 Jim McCormick, Scottish-born American baseball player, born in Glasgow (d. 1918)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 1917-09-12 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)
  • 1920-01-26 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)
  • 1922-06-06 Ian Hamilton, Scottish composer, born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2000)
  • 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)
  • 1925-06-03 Thomas Winning, Roman Catholic archbishop (Glasgow)
  • 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, Govanhill, Scottish psychiatrist, born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1928-04-04 Jimmy Logan, British comedian (Mad Death), born in Dennistoun, Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2001)
  • 1929-07-10 Winnie Ewing, Scottish lawyer and politician (President of the Scottish National Party), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 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)
  • 1933-02-18 Mary Ure, Scottish actress (Reflection of Fear, Windom's Way) (d. 1975), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1933-09-19 David McCallum, 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 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)
  • 1940-07-01 Craig Brown, Scottish soccer player/manager/administrator (Scotland manager 1993-2001), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 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
  • 1943-07-31 Carla LPGA golfer, born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1943-11-03 Bert Jansch, Scottish folk musician (Pentangle), born in Glasgow (d. 2011)
  • 1945-01-12 Maggie Bell, rocker, 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
  • 1946-05-10 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)
  • 1947-02-02 Derek Shulman, Scottish musician (Gentle Giant), born in Glasgow
  • 1947-05-31 Junior [William] Campbell, Scottish singer and guitarist (Marmalade), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1948-11-03 Lulu [Marie Lawrie], Scottish singer (Together) and actress (To Sir, With Love), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1949-05-04 Zal Cleminson, Scottis guitarist (Alex Harvey Band), born in Glasgow
  • 1949-08-12 Mark Knopfler, British musician (Dire Straits), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1950-05-01 Danny McGrain, Scottish soccer right-back (Celtic, 62 Scotland caps), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1951-03-12 Jack Green, Scottish musician (T. Rex, The Pretty Things), born in Glasgow
  • 1951-08-01 David Jasper, British theologian (University of Glasgow)
  • 1952-06-12 Oliver Knussen, British composer (Where the Wild Things Are, Chicara), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2018)
  • 1952-12-27 David Knopfler, British singer-songwriter (Dire Straits), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1953-01-06 Malcolm Young, guitarist (AC/DC-Highway to Hell), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1953-06-07 Dougie Donnelly, Scottish television broadcaster, born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1953-09-28 Jim Diamond, Scottish singer/songwriter (I Should Have Known Better), born in Glasgow
  • 1953-10-10 Midge Ure, rocker (Dear God, Ultravox-We Came to Dance), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1955-12-23 Carol Ann Duffy, Scottish poet (British Poet Laureate 2009-), born in Glasgow
  • 1956-02-12 Brian Robertson, Scottish rock guitarist (Thin Lizzy), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1956-04-28 Jimmy Barnes [James Swan], Australian singer-songwriter (For the Working Class Man), born in Glasgow
  • 1958-04-14 Peter Capaldi, Scottish actor (12th Doctor in Doctor Who, The Thick of It), born in Glasgow
  • 1959-04-25 Billy Rankin, rocker, born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1959-04-27 Sheena Easton, [Shirley Orr], singer (Sugar Walls), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1959-05-29 Mel Gaynor, rock drummer (Simple Minds-Water Front), born in Glasgow, Scotland

Famous Deaths