1879 in Scotland
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Events from 1879 in Scotland
- 4 January - Dundee-born Mormon missionary Hugh Findlay arrives in Shetland from the United States and on 31 March baptizes the islands' first two converts.
- 25 January - First service held in St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh (Episcopal) on completion of the nave.
- 6 June - William Denny and Brothers launch the world's first ocean-going ship to be built of mild steel, the SS Rotomahana, at Dumbarton.
- 31 July - The Caledonian Railway opens the original Glasgow Central station.
- 28 December - The Tay Bridge disaster: The central part of the new Tay Bridge at Dundee collapses in a storm as a train passes over it, killing 78.
- Construction of Garnethill Synagogue, Glasgow, the oldest to survive in Scotland, begins.
- Construction of Royalty Theatre, Glasgow, completed.
- Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh moves to Lauriston Place.
- 13 January - William Reid Dick, sculptor (died 1961 in England)
- 16 January - Jimmy Gillespie, rugby union player (died 1943)
- 27 March - Catherine Carswell, née Catherine Roxburgh Macfarlane, author (died 1946 in England)
- 24 August - John Maclean, Marxist (died 1923)
- 13 September - Tommy Tait, international footballer (died 1942)
- 21 October - Willie Anderson, golfer (died 1910 in the United States)
- 23 October - John MacDougall Hay, Church of Scotland minister and novelist (died 1919)
- Henry J. Watt, experimental psychologist (died 1925)
- 19 June - James Valentine, photographer (born 1815)
- 23 July - Charles Baillie, Lord Jerviswoode, advocate, judge and politician (born 1804)
- 29 October - John Blackwood, publisher (born 1818)
- 5 November - James Clerk Maxwell, theoretical physicist (born 1831; died of abdominal cancer in Cambridge)
- 6 September - First publication of a story by Arthur Conan Doyle, "The Mystery of Sasassa Valley" in Chambers's Journal.
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- "SS Rotomahana". Clydebuilt. Retrieved 2014-04-14.
- Palmer, Alan; Veronica (1992). The Chronology of British History. London: Century Ltd. pp. 303–304. ISBN 0-7126-5616-2.
- Harman, Peter M. (1998). The Natural Philosophy of James Clerk Maxwell. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-00585-X.