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Events from the year 1890 in Scotland.
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Timeline of Scottish history
1890 in: The UK • Wales • Elsewhere
Scottish football: 1889–90 • 1890–91
- Lord Advocate – James Robertson
- Solicitor General for Scotland – Moir Tod Stormonth Darling; then Sir Charles Pearson
- 11 February – the Partick by-election in Lanarkshire is won by the Liberal Unionist candidate James Parker Smith.
- 4 March – the Forth Bridge (1,710 ft) is opened to rail traffic.
- 15 May – new elected county councils in Scotland, created by the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1889, take up their powers. The County of Edinburgh formally adopts the title Midlothian; the formerly administratively separate counties of Ross and Cromarty are merged; former enclaves of Moray in Inverness-shire and vice versa are absorbed into the surrounding counties; and the Shetland county council formally adopts the spelling Zetland.
- Tunnock's bakers established in Uddingston.
- Construction of the village of Fortingall on Sir Donald Currie's Glenlyon Estate in Perthshire begins to "Arts and Crafts" vernacular designs by James MacLaren (died 20 October).
- East End Exhibition opens in Glasgow and International Exhibition of Science, Art & Industry staged in Edinburgh.
- William McGonagall's Poetic Gems published.
- 3 May – James B. Beck, United States Senator from Kentucky (1877–1890) (born 1822)
- 2 June – Sir George Burns, shipowner (born 1795)
- 25 June – Sir James Gowans, architect and building contractor (born 1821)
- 10 August – William Edward Baxter, businessman, travel writer and Liberal Member of Parliament for Montrose Burghs (1855–1885) (born 1825)
- 22 November – William Bell Scott, artist and poet (born 1811)
- Cawood, Ian (2012). The Liberal Unionist Party: A History. I.B.Tauris. p. 269. ISBN 9780857736529.
- Penguin Pocket On This Day. Penguin Reference Library. 2006. ISBN 0-14-102715-0.
- Gillan, Audrey (6 January 2016). "The strange case of the Tunnock's teacakes | Audrey Gillan". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 January 2018.