2005 in Scotland
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Events from the year 2005 in Scotland.
- Monarch – Elizabeth II
- First Minister and Keeper of the Great Seal – Jack McConnell
- Secretary of State for Scotland – Alistair Darling
- Lord Advocate – Lord Boyd of Duncansby
- Solicitor General for Scotland – Elish Angiolini
- Advocate General for Scotland – Lynda Clark
- Lord President of the Court of Session and Lord Justice General – Lord Cullen of Whitekirk until 2 December; then Lord Hamilton
- Lord Justice Clerk – Lord Gill
- Chairman of the Scottish Land Court – Lord McGhie
- 8 January – after a night of stormy weather the Irish Sea ferry European Highlander has run aground on the south-west coast, with passengers remaining on board rather than evacuating under the prevailing conditions.
- 11 January – 5 people are killed on Uist when their cars are washed from the coast road in a storm.
- 20 January – Carolyn Leckie, a member of the Scottish Parliament, is jailed for seven days for non-payment of a fine arising from a protest at Faslane nuclear base.
- 21 March – agreement announced for sale of Jenners department store of Edinburgh to the House of Fraser.
- 21 April – Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act passed by the Scottish Parliament, the first piece of legislation in the UK to give formal recognition to the Scottish Gaelic language. It aims to secure Gaelic as an official language of Scotland, commanding "equal respect" with English, by establishing Bòrd na Gàidhlig within the framework of the government of Scotland (Royal Assent: 1 June).
- 5 May
- 1 June – Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act of the Scottish Parliament establishes Bòrd na Gàidhlig to secure the status of Scottish Gaelic as an official language of Scotland.
- 23 June – Prince William of Wales graduates from the University of St Andrews.
- 5 July – riots in Edinburgh by anti-capitalist and anti-G8 protesters.
- 6 July
- 8 July – Scottish Jacobite Party formed, favouring an independent republican Scotland.
- 5 August – the Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Act 2005, banning smoking in enclosed public spaces, gets Royal assent.
- 29 September;
- Livingston by-election results in Jim Devine holding the UK parliamentary seat for Labour though with a reduced majority in the face of a swing of 10.2% to the SNP.
- Glasgow Cathcart by-election results in Charlie Gordon holding the Scottish Parliament seat for Labour in the face of a 3.7% swing to the SNP.
- 4 October – the Northern Lighthouse Board decommissions its last Scottish lighthouse foghorn, at Skerryvore.
- 5 October – three perpetrators of the racially motivated murder of Glasgow teenager Kriss Donald, arrive in Scotland to face trial in a one-off extradition agreement negotiated with Pakistan.
- November – Loch Ewe Distillery established.
- 13 November – Andrew Stimpson, a 25-year-old man from Scotland, is reported as the first person proven to have been 'cured' of HIV.
- 21 November – Alfred Anderson, one of the last surviving First World War veterans and the oldest man in Scotland, dies at the age of 109. He is also the last known survivor of the 1914 Christmas truce. There are now only approximately 20 surviving British veterans of the conflict, all aged over 100 years.
- 30 January – Martyn Bennett, Celtic fusion musician (born 1971 in Canada)
- 24 February – Robin Jenkins, novelist (born 1912)
- 26 April – Gordon Campbell, Baron Campbell of Croy, Conservative politician, Secretary of State for Scotland (born 1921)
- 29 June – John Burgess, bagpiper (born 1934)
- 15 July – David Daiches, literary scholar (born 1912 in England)
- 6 August – Robin Cook, Labour MP, former Foreign Secretary (born 1946)
- 22 October – Muriel Gibson, Scottish nationalist activist and military officer (born 1912)
- 7 December – Lucy d'Abreu, supercentenarian, oldest person in U.K. at date of death (born 1892 in the British Raj)
- English, Shirley (2005-01-10). "Trapped for 30 hours with no bar". The Times (68280). London. p. 4.
- Bowers, Simon (22 March 2005). "House of Fraser buys Scotland's oldest department store for £46m". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2014-04-07.
- "Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005 (s.10)". legislation.gov.uk. The National Archives. 1 June 2005. Archived from the original on 7 September 2010. Retrieved 2011-01-21.
- "Results: Scotland". BBC News. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
- "Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005". OPSI. 2005. Archived from the original on 7 September 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-04.
- "Skerryvore Lighthouse". Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 2016-03-13.
- "Extradited three arrive in Glasgow". Herald Scotland.
- "Kriss murder timeline". BBC News. Glasgow and West.
- "Prince in tribute to war veteran". BBC. 21 November 2005. Retrieved 2014-04-07.