2004 in Scotland
Events from the year 2004 in Scotland.
|See also:||List of years in Scotland|
Timeline of Scottish history
2004 in: The UK • England • Wales • Ireland • Elsewhere
Scottish football: 2003–04 • 2004–05
2004 in Scottish television
- Monarch – Elizabeth II
- First Minister and Keeper of the Great Seal – Jack McConnell
- Secretary of State for Scotland – Alistair Darling
- Lord Advocate – Lord Boyd of Duncansby
- Solicitor General for Scotland – Elish Angiolini
- Advocate General for Scotland – Lynda Clark
- January – a 428 million-year-old fossil Pneumodesmus found at Stonehaven is identified as the world's oldest-known creature to have lived on land.
- 16 February – Edwin Morgan becomes Scotland's first ever official national poet, The Scots Makar, appointed by the Scottish Parliament.
- 16 March – Fifteen-year-old Kriss Donald is abducted, tortured and murdered by a Pakistani gang in a racially motivated attack in Glasgow.
- 9 May – "Loch Fyne accord": an informal discussion in the car park of the Loch Fyne Oyster Bar near Cairndow between John Prescott (Deputy Prime Minister) and Gordon Brown is supposed to have agreed the latter's succession to Tony Blair as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
- 11 May – Stockline Plastics factory explosion: four people die in an explosion at a factory in Glasgow.
- May – "The Bruce Tree" at Strathleven in West Dunbartonshire, an oak once in the ownership of Robert the Bruce, falls as a result of arson.
- 6 June – Sixtieth anniversary of D-Day. Last minute pressure forces First Minister of Scotland Jack McConnell to attend commemorations.
- 22 July – The Scottish Parliament (Constituencies) Act, which breaks the link between the number of Scottish MPs and the number of MSPs, receives Royal Assent.
- 3 September – Alex Salmond wins the Scottish National Party leadership election, succeeding John Swinney. Nicola Sturgeon becomes the Leader of the SNP in the Scottish Parliament and the Leader of the Opposition.
- 9 October – Scottish Parliament Building in Edinburgh, designed by Enric Miralles, is formally opened.
- 17 October – Three men are murdered in a flat in Crosshill, Glasgow by Edith McAlinden along with her seventeen-year-old son and his friend. The crime is dubbed "The House of Blood murders".
- Full date unknown – Jack Henderson, artist and charity fundraiser
- 26 January – serialisation of Alexander McCall Smith's novel 44 Scotland Street, set in Edinburgh, begins in The Scotsman.
- Summer – first East Neuk Festival.
- 28 September – publication of Alexander McCall Smith's novel The Sunday Philosophy Club set in Edinburgh.
- Edinburgh becomes UNESCO's first City of Literature.
- "Fossil find 'oldest land animal'". BBC News. 25 January 2005. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
- Scottish Government, St Andrew's House (16 February 2004). "The Scots Makar". www2.gov.scot.
- ASLS: A National Poet for Scotland. Archived 26 September 2008 at the Wayback Machine
- Carrell, Severin (9 November 2006). "Three jailed for life for race murder of schoolboy". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 22 April 2010.
- Cusick, James (16 May 2004). "Brown and Prescott agreed Blair succession at Loch Fyne". Sunday Herald. Glasgow.
- Hall, Sarah (17 May 2004). "Now Blair faces 'Loch Fyne accord'". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 23 April 2014.
- "Factory explosion kills four". BBC News.
- Hight, Julian (2011). Britain's Tree Story. London: National Trust. p. 24. ISBN 978-1-907892-20-2.
- "Trio admit 'savage' flat killings". BBC News. 26 May 2005.
- Calum Macdonald, "Two others convicted THE FIRST TRIAL", The Herald, 9 November 2006. | HighBeam Research.