1721 in Scotland
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1721 in: Great Britain • Wales • Ireland • Elsewhere
Events from the year 1721 in Scotland.
- Lord Advocate – Robert Dundas
- Solicitor General for Scotland – Walter Stewart; then John Sinclair and Charles Binning
- Lord President of the Court of Session – Lord North Berwick
- Lord Justice General – Lord Ilay (also this year appointed Keeper of the Privy Seal of Scotland)
- Lord Justice Clerk – Lord Grange
- Battle of Glen Affric: Men of the Jacobite Clan Mackenzie and Clan Macrae ambush men of the pro-Hanoverian Clan Ross led by William Ross, 6th of Easter Fearn (who is fatally wounded) when he attempts to collect rents (forfeit to the crown) on the Mackenzie estates.
- Battle of Coille Bhan: British Army troops of Colonel Kirk’s Regiment under Captain McNeill drive off an attack from the Clan Mackenzie but again fail to collect rents on their estates.
- Ruthven Barracks completed.
- Chandos Chair of Medicine and Anatomy established at the University of St Andrews.
- Robert Wodrow publishes The History of the Sufferings of the Church of Scotland.
- 21 January – James Murray, military officer and colonial administrator (died 1794)
- 5 March – John Adam, architect (died 1792)
- Baptized 19 March – Tobias Smollett, novelist (died 1771 in Italy)
- 24 June – Francis Garden, Lord Gardenstone, judge (died 1793)
- 14 July – John Douglas, Anglican bishop of Salisbury and man of letters (died 1807 in England)
- 19 September – William Robertson, historian and Principal of the University of Edinburgh (died 1793)
- 3 October – John Skinner, Episcopalian minister, historian, poet and songwriter (died 1807)
- 5 October – William Wilkie, Presbyterian minister, natural philosopher and poet (died 1772)
- 6 December – James Elphinston, philologist (died 1809 in England)
- Earliest likely date – James Grainger, physician, poet and translator (died 1766 in the West Indies)
- 14 January – William Johnstone, 1st Marquess of Annandale (born 1664)
- 13 December – Alexander Selkirk, sailor and castaway (born 1676; died at sea)
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