1983 in Scotland
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Timeline of Scottish history
1983 in: The UK • England • Wales • Ireland • Elsewhere
Scottish football: 1982–83 • 1983–84
1983 in Scottish television
Events from the year 1983 in Scotland.
- Monarch – Elizabeth II
- Secretary of State for Scotland and Keeper of the Great Seal – George Younger
- Lord President of the Court of Session and Lord Justice General – Lord Emslie
- Lord Justice Clerk – Lord Wheatley
- Chairman of the Scottish Land Court – Lord Elliott
- 11 May – Aberdeen F.C. beat Real Madrid 2–1 (after extra time) to win the European Cup Winner's Cup.
- 21 May – Aberdeen beat Rangers 1-0 to win the Scottish Cup.
- 30 September – Megget Reservoir officially opened.
- 5 October – Harviestoun Brewery established.
- 24 October – Dennis Nilsen goes on trial at the Central Criminal Court in London accused of six murders and two attempted murders. He confesses to murdering "15 or 16" young men.
- 4 November – Dennis Nilsen is sentenced to life imprisonment.
- 20 December – Aberdeen beat European Cup Winners Hamburg 2-0 to become the first Scottish club to win the UEFA Super Cup.
- Brae oilfield production begins.
- Glasgow Central Mosque built.
- 1 January – Mark Beaumont, adventurer
- 14 March – Anas Sarwar, Labour politician
- 15 March – Sean Biggerstaff, actor
- 8 June – Allan Dick, field hockey goalkeeper
- 22 August – Julie Kilpatrick, field hockey player
- 20 September – Freya Ross, née Murray, long-distance runner
- 30 September – Louise Munn, field hockey defender
- 25 November – Kirsty Crawford, Scottish singer-songwriter and actress
- 5 July – Alec Cheyne, international footballer (born 1907)
- August – Winifred Rushforth, psychoanalyst (born 1885)
- 26 August – Major-General Douglas Wimberley, soldier (born 1896)
- 17 February – release of Bill Forsyth's film Local Hero.
- 6 September – ITV broadcasts the Scottish Television-produced police procedural Killer, set in Glasgow, pilot for the series Taggart.
- 21 October – Burrell Collection opened in Glasgow.
- Alternative rock band Del Amitri is formed in Glasgow.
- Alternative rock band The Jesus and Mary Chain is formed in East Kilbride.
- Folk rock band The Proclaimers is formed by twins Craig and Charlie Reid of Auchtermuchty.
- Gael Turnbull publishes his poems From the Language of the Heart: Some Imitations from the Gaelic of Sine Reisideach in Glasgow.
- "1983: Nilsen 'strangled and mutilated' victims". BBC News. 24 October 1983. Retrieved 25 November 2007.
- Stirling, Kevin. "Tuesday 20 December 1983". On This Day. Aberdeen Football Club. Archived from the original on 23 December 2010. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
- "Fifty years on, STV set for studio switch". The Scotsman. 3 July 2004. Retrieved 28 April 2012.