1859 in Scotland
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Timeline of Scottish history
1859 in: The UK • Wales • Ireland • Elsewhere
Events from the year 1859 in Scotland.
- Lord Advocate – Charles Baillie until April; then David Mure until June; then James Moncreiff
- Solicitor General for Scotland – David Mure; then George Patton; then Edward Maitland
- Lord President of the Court of Session and Lord Justice General – Lord Colonsay
- Lord Justice Clerk – Lord Glenalmond
- 21 April – the Dunfermline Press begins publication.
- 14 October – Glasgow Town Council's Loch Katrine public water supply scheme officially opened.
- 23 December – National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland, a predecessor of the National Museum of Scotland, officially inaugurated in Queen Street, Edinburgh.
- Muirkirk becomes the first town in Britain to have gas lighting.
- St. Cuthbert's Co-operative Society opens its first shop in Edinburgh.
- Robertson's "Golden Shred" marmalade first produced, in Paisley.
- First whaler purpose-built with a steam engine, the Narwhal from Stephen's shipyard at Dundee.
- 8 March – Kenneth Grahame, author best known for The Wind in the Willows (died 1932 in England)
- 10 March – Dugald Sutherland MacColl, painter and curator (died 1948 in London)
- 22 May – Arthur Conan Doyle, physician and novelist best known for his stories about the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes (died 1930 in England)
- 10 June – James Guthrie, painter (died 1930)
- 8 July – Annie Shepherd Swan, novelist (died 1943)
- 9 September – William James Cullen, Lord Cullen, judge (died 1941)
- 24 September – S. R. Crockett, novelist (died 1914 in France)
- 25 October – Allan MacDonald, Roman Catholic priest, poet, folklore collector and activist (died 1905)
- Thomas Corsan Morton, painter (died 1928)
- James Nairn, painter (died 1904 in New Zealand)
- 6 February – Jane Stirling, pianist, student of Chopin (born 1804)
- 19 September – John Pringle Nichol, scientist (born 1804)
- 22 September – William Alison, physician and social reformer (born 1790)
- 20 November – Mountstuart Elphinstone, statesman and historian (born 1779)
- 22 November – George Wilson, chemist and professor of technology (born 1818)
- 26 August – Jules Verne arrives in Edinburgh to begin his first visit to Scotland.
- John Brown's short story "Rab and his Friends" is published.
- "The Queen At Loch Katrine". The Times (23438). London. 1859-10-15. p. 9.
- "History of Edinburgh". Visions of Scotland. Retrieved 2014-05-07.
- Lythe, S. G. E. (1964). "Shipbuilding at Dundee down to 1914". Scottish Journal of Political Economy. 11: 219–32. doi:10.1111/j.1467-9485.1964.tb00681.x. Retrieved 2016-02-26.
- "Conan Doyle Dead From Heart Attack". The New York Times. 1930-07-08. Retrieved 2013-06-22.