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
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1745-01-06 Bonnie Prince Charlies' army draws to Glasgow

Pretender to the British throne Bonnie Prince Charlie
Pretender to the British throne
Bonnie Prince Charlie

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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 approximately 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 defeat 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
  • 1967-05-25 European Cup Final, Estádio Nacional, Lisbon: Glasgow Celtic beats Internazionale, 2-1; first British team to win the Cup
  • 1971-01-02 Spectator crush at Ibrox Park in Glasgow, Scotland as Rangers supporters leave the ground with home team 0-1 behind to Old Firm rivals Celtic; 66 deaths and more than 200 injuries; Rangers score late for 1-1
  • 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

  • 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 (d. 1891)

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 Lipton, Scottish yachtsman (5-time America's Cup challenger) and tea merchant (Lipton Tea), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1931)
  • 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 pitcher and manager (first Scot in MLB; NL wins leader 1880, 82; NL ERA leader 1883), born in Thornliebank, Renfrewshire (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
  • 1878-07-14 Donald Meek, Scottish-American actor (You Can't Take It with You, Stagecoach), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1946)
  • 1882-08-31 Charles O'Neill, Canadian composer and bandmaster, born in Duntocher, near Glasgow, (d. 1964)

Person of interestFrank Lloyd

1886-02-02 Frank Lloyd, Scottish actor and director (Mutiny on Bounty, Oliver Twist, Blood on the Sun), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1960)

Actor and Director Frank Lloyd
Actor and Director
Frank Lloyd
  • 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. 1969)
  • 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)
  • 1915-06-30 Gordon Rowe, New Zealand cricketer (scored a pair in only Test (NZ v Aust 1946)), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1995)
  • 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, Scotland
  • 1929-07-10 Winnie Ewing, Scottish lawyer and politician (President of the Scottish National Party), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1929-09-24 George McNicol, Scottish Principal and vice-chancellor (Aberdeen University), born in Glasgow, Scotland (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)
  • 1931-06-30 James Loughran, British conductor, born in Glasgow
  • 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, Scottish 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, Scottish rock horn player (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)
  • 1940-06-28 Roderick Wright, Scottish Bishop of Argyll and the Isles (1990-96), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2005)
  • 1940-07-01 Craig Brown, Scottish soccer wing half, coach and 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)
  • 1945-07-03 Michael Martin, British politician and Speaker of the House of Commons (2000-09), born in Glasgow (d. 2018)
  • 1945-09-05 Al Stewart, Scottish 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

Person of interestDonovan Philips Leitch

1946-05-10 Donovan [Philips Leitch], Scottish guitarist and singer-songwriter ("Sunshine Superman"; "Mellow Yellow"; "Season Of The Witch"), born in Glasgow, Scotland


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
  • 2019-09-18 Fernando Ricksen, Dutch soccer midfielder (12 caps; Glasgow Rangers), dies of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at 43