1803 in Scotland
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Timeline of Scottish history
1803 in: The UK • Wales • Ireland • Elsewhere
Events from the year 1803 in Scotland.
- Lord President of the Court of Session – Lord Succoth
- Lord Justice General – The Duke of Montrose
- Lord Justice Clerk – Lord Eskgrove
- 4 January – William Symington demonstrates his Charlotte Dundas, the "first practical steamboat".
- 27 July – Caledonian Canal authorized by Act of Parliament and construction begins; Thomas Telford also begins work on improving roads in Scotland under the auspices of the Commissioners for Highland Roads and Bridges.
- Kelso Bridge, designed by John Rennie, completed.
- First Boulton and Watt steam engine in Scotland installed at an Aberdeen paper mill.
- Lismore Seminary is opened by the Catholic Church.
- Most of the 'Luckenbooths' in High Street, Edinburgh are demolished, opening up the prospect of St Giles' Cathedral.
- 3 April – David Bryce, architect (died 1876)
- 16 April – Edward Maitland, Lord Barcaple, judge (died 1870)
- 12 July – Thomas Guthrie, Free Church preacher and philanthropist (died 1873)
- 10 September – Robert Wilson, mechanical engineer, inventor of the screw propeller (died 1882 in England)
- 16 October – James Edward Alexander, soldier, author and traveller (died 1885)
- 25 December – Donald Gregory, antiquarian (died 1836) and his twin brother William Gregory, chemist and psychic investigator (died 1858)
- George Patton, Lord Glenalmond, judge (suicide 1869)
- 2 April – Sir James Montgomery, 1st Baronet, politician and judge (born 1721)
- 6 April – William Hamilton, diplomat (born 1730)
- 3 June – Lord George Murray, Bishop of St David's and developer of the UK's first optical telegraph (born 1761)
- 18 August – James Beattie, poet and philosopher (born 1735)
- Recollections of a Tour Made in Scotland, A. D. 1803 written by Dorothy Wordsworth (published 1874)
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