1824 in Scotland
Events from the year 1824 in Scotland.
|See also:||List of years in Scotland|
Timeline of Scottish history
1824 in: The UK • Wales • Ireland • Elsewhere
- 19 April – brigantine Helen of Dundee, bound for Quebec, founders on what becomes known as Helen's Reef off Rockall with fatalities.
- 17 May – the Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway is authorised; construction begins the following month.
- 24 May – the foundation stone for an oil-gas works at Tanfield in Edinburgh is laid by Sir Walter Scott, the company chairman.
- October – Edinburgh Academy, built to the design of William Burn, opens.
- 10 October – Edinburgh Town Council makes a decision to found a municipal fire brigade under James Braidwood, the first in Britain.
- 15–21 November – Great Fire of Edinburgh, starting in Old Assembly Close, kills 11 residents and 2 firemen, and destroys 24 tenements – leaving 400 families homeless – and other properties, including the spire of Tron Kirk.
- Blairquhan Castle near Maybole, rebuilt to the design of William Burn for the Hunter-Blair family, is completed.
- Speyside Scotch whisky distilleries established: Balmenach, Glenlivet and Macallan. Also, Cameron Bridge distillery is established by Haig.
- The Foot-Ball Club is established in Edinburgh, one of the earliest known clubs organised to play any kind of football.
- The Northern Yacht Club, a predecessor of the Royal Northern and Clyde Yacht Club, is established in Rothesay.
- The Perth Golfing Society is formed.
- 24 February – John Dick Peddie, architect (died 1891)
- 8 March – John Elder, marine engineer (died 1869 in London)
- 21 March – James Samuel, railway engineer (died 1874 in London)
- 4 July – Robert B. Lindsay, Governor of Alabama (died 1902 in the United States)
- 21 October – John Ritchie Findlay, newspaper owner and philanthropist (died 1898)
- 10 December – George MacDonald, writer, poet and Christian minister (died 1905 in England)
- 17 December – John Kerr, physicist (died 1907)
- George Campbell, administrator in British India and Liberal politician (died 1892 in Cairo)
- 12 January – Walter Oudney, physician and explorer (born 1790; died in Africa)
- 15 January – Francis Dundas, British Army general and governor of Cape Colony (born c.1759)
- 17 January – James Brodie of Brodie, botanist, clan chief and politician (born 1744)
- 31 March – Andrew Fyfe, anatomist (born 1754)
- 15 May – Alexander Campbell, musician and writer (born 1764)
- 19 December – Charles Smith, painter (born 1749)
- Approximate date – John Gunn, musician (born c.1765)
- Thomas Campbell's Miscellaneous Poems is published.
- James Hogg's novel The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner is published anonymously.
- William Knox's poetry collection Songs of Israel is published.
- Sir Walter Scott's novel Redgauntlet is published anonymously.
- Edwin Landseer visits Scotland for the first time to paint a portrait of Sir Walter Scott; he will return annually, concentrating on animal portraits.
- Martin, Don (1995). The Monkland & Kirkintilloch and Associated Railways. Kirkintilloch: Strathkelvin District Libraries & Museums. ISBN 0-904966-41-0.
- "History of Edinburgh". Visions of Scotland. Archived from the original on 14 February 2015. Retrieved 7 August 2014.
- Reid, Alexander (1974). "Aye Ready!" The History of Edinburgh Fire Brigade, the Oldest Municipal Brigade in Britain. Edinburgh: South Eastern Fire Brigade. p. 10. ISBN 0950376809.
- "Such kicking of shins and such tumbling". News. Edinburgh: The National Archives of Scotland. 13 November 2007. Retrieved 7 August 2014.
- "History". The Royal Northern & Clyde Yacht Club. Archived from the original on 10 August 2014. Retrieved 7 August 2014.
- Cox, Michael, ed. (2004). The Concise Oxford Chronology of English Literature. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-860634-6.
- "Sir Edwin Henry Landseer RA (1802–1873)". Jennifer Wilson Art. 2006. Archived from the original on 5 December 2010. Retrieved 14 June 2012.