Events from the year 1852 in Scotland.
|See also:||List of years in Scotland|
Timeline of Scottish history
1852 in: The UK • Wales • Elsewhere
- Lord Advocate – James Moncreiff until February; then Adam Anderson until May; then John Inglis until December; then James Moncreiff
- Solicitor General for Scotland – George Deas; then John Inglis; then Charles Neaves
- 7–31 July – United Kingdom general election results in Conservative Party defeat in Scotland but victory across the UK as a whole.
- 1 October – Patent Law Amendment Act comes into effect, merging the English, Scottish and Irish patent systems.
- 28 December – Edinburgh-born George Hamilton-Gordon, 4th Earl of Aberdeen, becomes Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, leading a Whig-Peelite coalition.
- Kelvingrove Park laid out as West End Park in Glasgow.
- Two boatloads of emigrants leave the island of Raasay for Australia.
- Polled Herd Book established for Aberdeen Angus and Galloway cattle.
- Kirkcaldy High School established as Kirkcaldy Burgh School.
- The School of Arts of Edinburgh, predecessor of Heriot-Watt University, changes its name to the Watt Institution and School of Arts.
- George Hay Forbes founds Pitsligo Press.
- 24 May – R. B. Cunninghame Graham, radical socialist politician and writer (died 1936 in Argentina)
- 2 September - Durward Lely, opera singer and actor, (died 1944)
- 11 September – James Mackay, 1st Earl of Inchcape, businessman and colonial administrator in India (died 1932 in Monte Carlo)
- 2 October – William Ramsay, chemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1904 (died 1916)
- John Kerr, businessman and politician
- Approximate date – Murdo Stewart MacDonald, merchant mariner (died 1938 in Mauritius)