2015 in Scotland
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2015 in Scottish television
Events from the year 2015 in Scotland.
- Monarch – Elizabeth II
- First Minister and Keeper of the Great Seal – Nicola Sturgeon (since 20 November 2014)
- Secretary of State for Scotland – Alistair Carmichael, until 8 May; then David Mundell
- Lord Advocate – Frank Mulholland
- Solicitor General for Scotland – Lesley Thomson
- Advocate General for Scotland – Lord Wallace of Tankerness; then Lord Keen of Elie
- Lord President of the Court of Session and Lord Justice General – Lord Gill until 31 May; vacant until 18 December; then Lord Carloway
- Lord Justice Clerk – Lord Carloway
- Chairman of the Scottish Land Court – Lord Minginish
- 3 January – Eight people are reported missing after a cargo vessel, the Cemfjord, capsizes in the Pentland Firth, Scotland.
- 9 January – Hurricane-force winds cause travel disruption and leave tens of thousands of homes without power across Scotland.
- 18 February – the Lysblink Seaways cargo ship ran aground near Ardnamurchan Point. Her crew remained on board and she was refloated on 20 February. She was on a voyage from Belfast, Northern Ireland to Skogn, Norway. She was consequently declared a constructive total loss and scrapped.
- 22 March – Membership of the Scottish National Party officially crosses the 100,000 mark; meaning that 1 in every 50 people in Scotland is now a member.
- 1 April – Abellio ScotRail take over the ScotRail franchise, previously operated by First ScotRail. The Caledonian Sleeper service is split off into a separate franchise, now operated by Serco.
- 2 April – the only televised leaders debate to include Prime Minister David Cameron is broadcast by ITV. The debate features the leaders of the Conservatives, Labour, the Liberal Democrats, UKIP, the Greens, the Scottish National Party and Plaid Cymru.
- 11 April – the wedding of Scottish tennis star Andy Murray to his long-term partner Kim Sears takes place in Dunblane.
- April–June – Medical services begin to transfer to the new Queen Elizabeth University Hospital at Govan, Glasgow.
- 7 May – At the UK general election, the Scottish National Party wins 56 out of the 59 seats in Scotland, making them the largest political party by both number of seats and popular vote. Only three seats were retained by pro-union parties:
- Orkney and Shetland, by Alistair Carmichael of the Liberal Democrats;
- Edinburgh South, by Ian Murray of Labour;
- Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale, by David Mundell of the Conservatives.
- In addition, Mhairi Black of the Scottish National Party, at twenty years of age, becomes the youngest elected MP since prior to the Reform Act 1832. Black was also the first person elected to Parliament under the provisions of the Electoral Administration Act 2006; which reduced the minimum age of candidacy from 21 to 18 years of age. She unseated the then-Shadow Foreign Secretary, Douglas Alexander, who was 47 years old at the time of the election.
- 16 May –
- 25 June – Scotland's population grew by 19,900 to reach 5,347,600 in 2014 according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
- 5 July – UNESCO gives World Heritage status to the Forth Bridge, one of Scotland's best-known structures.
- August – City of Glasgow College, Riverside Campus, designed by Michael Laird Architects and Reiach and Hall Architects, opens to students.
- 15 August – Kezia Dugdale becomes the new Leader of the Scottish Labour Party.
- 6 September – Rail transport returns to the Scottish Borders after 46 years with the reopening of the Waverley Route between Edinburgh and Tweedbank, under the name of the Borders Railway.
- 14 October – A train collides with a vehicle near Uphall in West Lothian, but the passengers are unharmed.
- 16 October – First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announces to the annual SNP conference that party membership now stands at 114,221.
- 22 October – The voting rights of Scottish MPs are to be restricted after the Conservative-majority UK Government wins a vote on its controversial "English votes for English laws" (Evel) plans.
- 29 October – a 16-year-old youth is detained by Police Scotland after a fellow pupil is stabbed to death at Cults Academy near Aberdeen.
- 31 October – A motorist dies and ten people are taken to hospital with injuries after a car collides with a bus near West Kilbride.
- 12–13 November – Storm Abigail, the first official winter storm named in the British Isles, is at its peak across Scotland.
- 24 November – A Scottish National Party motion opposing the renewal of Trident is defeated by 330 votes to 64, with most Labour MPs abstaining.
- 1 December – Report of discovery of fossilised dinosaur footprints on Skye.
- 2 December – Despite the fact Scottish MPs vote by 57 to 2 against UK air strikes in Syria, the UK Parliament overall votes by 397 to 223 in favour of air strikes.
- 4 December – The Forth Road Bridge is closed due to structural defects, and the Scottish Transport Minister, Derek Mackay, declares that it will not be reopened until January 2016.
- 5–6 December – Peak of Storm Desmond, with heavy rain and strong winds, causing flooding across southern Scotland.
- 9 December – Election Court decides that although Liberal Democrat Alistair Carmichael had told a "blatant lie" in a TV interview, it had not been proven beyond reasonable doubt that he had committed an "illegal practice" that would invalidate his election as the Member of Parliament for Orkney and Shetland.
- 22 December – It is announced that the Forth Road Bridge will reopen for all vehicles except HGVs on Wednesday 23 December, ahead of schedule.
- 30 December – A section of the A93 west of Ballater collapses due to flooding caused by Storm Frank.
- 31 December – More than 1,700 same-sex couples married in the first year after Scotland became the seventeenth country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage.
- 17 February – George Mackie, Baron Mackie of Benshie, Liberal Democrat peer and politician (born 1919).
- 2 March – Dave Mackay, football manager (born 1934).
- 10 March – John Howard Wilson, rugby union player (born 1930).
- 19 April – Tom McCabe, Labour politician (born 1954).
- 2 May – Ryan McHenry, film director and social media personality (born 1987).
- 16 May – Flora MacNeil, singer in Scottish Gaelic (born 1928).
- 1 June – Charles Kennedy, Liberal Democrat politician and former party leader (born 1959).
- 11 June – Ian McKechnie, footballer (Hull City) (born 1941).
- 21 June – Jim Rowan, footballer (born 1934).
- 22 June – James Carnegie, 3rd Duke of Fife, nobleman (born 1929).
- 23 June – Jack Asher, shinty player and referee (born 1927).
- 5 July – Joseph McKenzie, photographer (born 1929).
- 17 July – John McCluskey, boxer (born 1944).
- 29 August – Graham Leggat, footballer (born 1934).
- 8 October – Jim Diamond, singer and songwriter (born 1951).
- 21 October
- William Murray, 8th Earl of Mansfield and Mansfield, nobleman and politician (born 1930).
- Ian Steel, cyclist (born 1928).
- 5 December
- 5 November – Graeme Macrae Burnet's novel His Bloody Project is published in Glasgow
- Kathryn Joseph's album Bones You Have Thrown Me, And Blood I've Spilled is released
- The following works by Scottish poets are published
- "Major search after ship overturns off north of Scotland". BBC News. BBC. 3 January 2015. Retrieved 4 January 2015.
- "Cemfjord survivor chances said to be 'very slim'". BBC News. BBC. 4 January 2015. Retrieved 4 January 2015.
- "Hurricane-force gusts cause disruption to power and travel". BBC News. BBC. 9 January 2015. Retrieved 9 January 2015.
- "Large cargo ship runs aground near Ardnamurchan". BBC News. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
- "'Beached' cargo ship Lysblink Seaway refloated". BBC News. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
- "REPORT NO. 25/2015" (PDF). Marine Accident Investigation Branch. Retrieved 19 November 2015.
- "SNP boost as membership soars past 100k mark". Glasgow Herald. Newsquest. 22 March 2015. Retrieved 22 March 2015.
- "Leaders' debate attracts seven million viewers". BBC News. BBC. 3 April 2015. Retrieved 3 April 2015.
- "Andy Murray's wedding to Kim Sears was 'fantastic', says grandparents". Daily Record. 11 April 2015. Retrieved 17 May 2015.
- "Election 2015: SNP win 56 out of 59 seats in Scots landslide". BBC. 8 May 2015. Retrieved 16 May 2015.
- "Church of Scotland votes to allow gay ministers in civil partnerships". BBC. 16 May 2015. Retrieved 16 May 2015.
- "Jim Murphy's resignation throws Scottish Labour into turmoil". The Guardian. 16 May 2015. Retrieved 17 May 2015.
- "UK population increases by 500,000, official figures show". BBC News. BBC. 25 June 2015. Retrieved 26 December 2015.
- "Forth Bridge awarded UNESCO World Heritage status". The Scotsman. 5 July 2015. Retrieved 6 July 2015.
- "Borders-to-Edinburgh railway opens as longest UK line in century". BBC. 6 September 2015. Retrieved 6 September 2015.
- "Train collides with vehicle near Uphall in West Lothian". BBC. 14 October 2015. Retrieved 14 October 2015.
- "SNP Conference 2015: Who are the party's new members?". BBC. 16 October 2015. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
- "Voting rights of Scottish MPs to be restricted after Government wins Evel vote". The Herald. 22 October 2015. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
- "Pupil dies after school stabbing at Cults Academy near Aberdeen". BBC News. BBC. 29 October 2015. Retrieved 29 October 2015.
- "Driver dies and two seriously injured in crash between car and bus". BBC. 31 October 2015. Retrieved 31 October 2015.
- "Storm Abigail". BBC. 13 November 2015. Retrieved 1 December 2015.
- MPs reject SNP calls for Trident to be scrapped bbc.co.uk, accessed 26 December 2015
- Sample, Ian (1 December 2015). "Sauropod footprint find makes Skye Scotland's largest dinosaur site". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
- Not in my name: SNP MPs apologise to Syria for air strikes on Twitter after 57 of Scotland's 59 MPs oppose bombing heraldscotland.com, accessed 26 December 2015
- "Syria air strikes: MPs authorise UK action against Islamic State". BBC. 2 December 2015. Retrieved 2 December 2015.
- "Forth Road Bridge to be closed until new year". BBC. 4 December 2015. Retrieved 5 December 2015.
- "Red Warning as Storm Desmond batters parts of Scotland". BBC News. Retrieved 24 December 2015.
- "Alistair Carmichael case: Legal bid to oust Lib Dem MP fails". BBC News. 9 December 2015. Retrieved 9 December 2015.
- Forth Road Bridge to reopen on Wednesday bbc.co.uk, accessed 26 December 2015
-  bbc.co.uk, 31 December 2015
- "More that 1,700 same-sex couples married in first year of law". BBC News. 31 December 2015. Retrieved 4 January 2015.
- "Tributes to former Hull City goalkeeper Ian McKechnie". Archived from the original on 14 June 2015. Retrieved 30 June 2015.
- Jim Rowan
- The Duke of Fife - obituary
- "Jack Asher". Archived from the original on 24 June 2015. Retrieved 30 June 2015.