2001 in Scotland
Events from the year 2001 in Scotland.
|See also:||List of years in Scotland|
Timeline of Scottish history
2001 in: The UK • England • Wales • Ireland • Elsewhere
Scottish football: 2000–01 • 2001–02
2001 in Scottish television
- Monarch – Elizabeth II
- First Minister and Keeper of the Great Seal – Henry McLeish (until 8 November 2001), Jack McConnell (from 27 November 2001)
- Secretary of State for Scotland – John Reid until 25 January; then Helen Liddell
- Lord Advocate – Lord Boyd of Duncansby
- Solicitor General for Scotland – Neil Davidson; then Elish Angiolini
- Advocate General for Scotland – Lynda Clark
- 31 January – the Scottish Court in the Netherlands convicts a Libyan and acquits another for their part in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 which crashed in Lockerbie in 1988. Lamin Khalifah Fhimah (aged 44) is cleared, but Abdelbaset al-Megrahi is found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment (which will take place in Scotland) with a recommended minimum term of twenty years. Megrahi was released from prison on compassionate grounds in 2009; as doctors reported he had terminal prostate cancer, and he died on 20 May 2012, aged sixty.
- March – first natural gas production from the Elgin–Franklin fields in the North Sea.
- 26 May – the Forth and Clyde Canal reopens throughout for leisure purposes (12 June officially).
- 7 June – The UK general election results in the Labour Party winning 56 of Scotland's 72 seats, with the Liberal Democrats winning ten, the Scottish National Party winning five and the Conservatives gaining one.
- 17 June – Cardinal Winning, head of the Roman Catholic church in Scotland, dies of a heart attack aged 76.
- 21 June – Glasgow Science Centre opens to visitors.
- 24 June – suicide of Nicola Ann Raphael in Glasgow following bullying. She was fifteen years old.
- 14 July – Eriskay is linked to South Uist by causeway.
- 10 September – the Bank of Scotland and the Halifax merge to form HBOS plc.
- October – Glasgow Tower first opens to public.
- 6 November – the Protection from Abuse (Scotland) Act 2001 receives Royal Assent.
- 13 December – New Lanark is designated as a World Heritage Site.
- 23 December – the Cairngorm Mountain Railway opens.
- 26 December – English-born author J. K. Rowling marries at the country house of Killiechassie which she purchased a month earlier.
- 27 January – Robert Alexander Rankin, mathematician (born 1915)
- 1 February – Jack Milroy, comedian and one half of Francie and Josie (born 1915)
- 12 June – Thomas Wilson, classical composer (born 1927 in the United States)
- 31 October – Angus MacVicar, writer (born 1908)
- 15 November – Megan Boyd, fly tyer (born 1915 in England)
- "Lockerbie Libyan heads for freedom". BBC News. 31 January 2001.
- "Results & Constituencies UK Breakdown". BBC News. Retrieved 18 January 2011.
- "2001: Catholic leader Cardinal Winning dies". BBC News. 17 June 2001. Retrieved 20 March 2009.
- "Glasgow Science Tower to Re-open July 2014". k3rsg. 2014. Archived from the original on 6 July 2015. Retrieved 6 July 2015.