1957 in Scotland
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Timeline of Scottish history
1957 in: The UK • Wales • Ireland • Elsewhere
Scottish football: 1956–57 • 1957–58
1957 in Scottish television
Events from the year 1957 in Scotland.
- Monarch – Elizabeth II
- Secretary of State for Scotland and Keeper of the Great Seal – James Stuart until 13 January; then John Maclay
- Lord President of the Court of Session and Lord Justice General – Lord Clyde
- Lord Justice Clerk – Lord Thomson
- Chairman of the Scottish Land Court – Lord Gibson
- 6 January – fishery cruiser Vaila runs aground off the Isle of Lewis with the loss of 5 crew.
- 5 February – trawler Robert Limbrick runs aground on the Isle of Mull with the loss of all 12 crew.
- 29 March – the Royal Navy base at Scapa Flow in Orkney is reduced to an oil depot.
- 9 May – a major fire in Edinburgh destroys the premises and stock of William Mutrie & Sons, theatrical costumiers, at Bell's Brae.
- 16 August – the world's first Museum of Childhood (established by optician Patrick Murray) opens in its own premises on Edinburgh's Royal Mile.
- 31 August – central Scotland's independent channel, Scottish Television, goes on air.
- 18 September – the sports programme Scotsport begins airing on Scottish Television; by the time it ends in 2008 it is recognised as the world's longest running television sports magazine.
- 1 October – transfer of criminally insane prisoners from the criminal lunatic department at HM Prison Perth to the State Institution for Mental Defectives at Carstairs which becomes the State Mental Hospital.
- 5 October – RAF Saxa Vord radar station on Unst is returned to fully operational status.
- 18 October – a Royal Air Force Gloster Meteor jet trainer aircraft crashes near Kirkcaldy with the loss of her 2 crew.
- 1 November – a replacement "Bawbee Brig" is opened across the River Leven, Fife, to connect Leven and Methil within Levenmouth.
- 19 November – an underground explosion at Kames Colliery near Muirkirk kills 17.
- 14 December – an underground explosion at Lindsay Colliery in Fife kills 9.
- Construction of a missile testing range on South Uist begins.
- First purpose-built Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Scotland completed at Riddrie, Glasgow.
- Folklorist F. Marian McNeill begins publication of The Silver Bough.
- 9 February – Gordon Strachan, international footballer and manager
- 27 March – Billy Mackenzie, singer (commits suicide 1997)
- 7 June –
- Michael Bowes-Lyon, 18th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne, soldier and politician (died 2016)
- Iain Gray, Scottish Labour Party leader
- 16 June – Leeona Dorrian, Lady Dorrian, Lord Justice Clerk 2016–present
- 11 July – Johann Lamont, Scottish Labour Party leader
- 23 September – Fergus Ewing, Scottish National Party minister
- 6 October – Moray Hunter, comedian
- 6 December – Arabella Weir, comic actress, born in the United States
- 22 December – Ricky Ross, singer-songwriter and broadcaster
- Blair Jenkins, broadcaster
- Alan Riach, poet and academic
- January – Harry Gordon, entertainer (born 1893)
- 21 April – John Graham Kerr, embryologist and Unionist Member of Parliament (born 1869)
- 10 June – Sir Douglas MacInnes Shaw, army officer, businessman and Unionist Member of Parliament (born 1895)
- Song of the Clyde (setting by Ian Gourlay of lyrics by R. Y. Bell) is published.
- "News: The loss of the 'Vaila'". Edinburgh: The National Archives of Scotland. 3 January 2007. Retrieved 23 July 2014.
- Johnson, Barry. "Robert Limbrick A283". Milford Trawlers. Retrieved 23 July 2014.
- Hewison, W. S. (2005). This Great Harbour: Scapa Flow (4th ed.). Edinburgh: Birlinn. p. 336. ISBN 978-1-84341-026-3.
- "Notable Dates in History". The Flag in the Wind. The Scots Independent. Archived from the original on 23 May 2014. Retrieved 23 July 2014.
- "History of the State Hospital" (PDF). NHS Scotland. January 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 September 2014. Retrieved 9 September 2014.
The terminology used in this section, describing patients and the bodies looking after them, is no longer used today.
- "ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 21359". Aviation Safety Network. 2008. Retrieved 23 July 2014.
- "Kames 19 November 1957". Scottish Mining Website. Retrieved 23 July 2014.
- "Lindsay Colliery 14 December 1957". Scottish Mining Website. Retrieved 23 July 2014.
- Adams, Gordon (1 January 2010). "Kingdom Hall of the Jehovah's Witnesses". East Glasgow History. Retrieved 11 June 2014.