1709 in Scotland
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1709 in: Great Britain • Wales • Ireland • Elsewhere
Events from the year 1709 in Scotland.
- Monarch – Anne
- Secretary of State for Scotland: The Earl of Mar, until 3 February 1709; then The Duke of Queensberry
- Lord Advocate – Sir James Stewart; then Sir David Dalrymple, 1st Baronet
- Solicitor General for Scotland – William Carmichael; then Thomas Kennedy, jointly with Sir James Steuart, Bt.
- Lord President of the Court of Session – Lord North Berwick
- Lord Justice General – Lord Tarbat
- Lord Justice Clerk – Lord Ormiston
- 1 or 2 February – marooned Lower Largo-born privateer Alexander Selkirk, the original Robinson Crusoe, is rescued after four years living on the Juan Fernández Islands and begins his return to civilisation.
- 26 April – Act of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland for the provision of public libraries in presbyteries.
- 3 May – Elspeth Rule becomes the last person in Scotland to be tried before the High Court of Justiciary for witchcraft; the judge, sitting at Dumfries, orders her to be burned on the cheek and banished from Scotland for life.
- 1 July – Treason Act 1708 comes into force, harmonising the law of high treason in Scotland with that of England.
- Summer – bad weather causes a poor harvest with consequent distress.
- 5 October – last Scottish coinage issued by a mint in Scotland, at Edinburgh.
- Society in Scotland for the Propagation of Christian Knowledge established by royal charter.
- Appointment of the first Chair of Oriental Languages in the University of Glasgow, Charles Morthland.
- First clout archery competition for the Edinburgh Arrow held by the Royal Company of Archers and won by David Drummond, advocate.
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- Act XI.
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