1785 in Scotland
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1785 in: Great Britain • Wales • Ireland • Elsewhere
Events from the year 1785 in Scotland.
- Lord President of the Court of Session – Lord Arniston, the younger
- Lord Justice General – The Viscount Stormont
- Lord Justice Clerk – Lord Barskimming
- 7 March – geologist James Hutton proposes the theory of uniformitarianism to the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
- Late September – James Boswell’s The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides is published.
- 5 October – flight by Florentine aeronaut Vincenzo Lunardi in a gas balloon from George Heriot's School, Edinburgh, across the Firth of Forth to Ceres, Fife (32 mi (51.5 km) in 1.5 hrs).
- 23 November – Lunardi flies from St Andrew's Square, Glasgow, to Hawick.
- 23 January – Matthew Stewart, mathematician (born 1717)
- 4 October – Alexander Runciman, painter (born 1736)
- 23 October – William Cochran, painter (born 1738)
- 22 May – Robert Burns' first child, Elizabeth ("Dear-bought Bess"), is born to his mother's servant, Elizabeth Paton and his poems "To a Mouse" and "Halloween" are written.
- Hutton, James (1788). "Theory of the Earth; or an Investigation of the Laws observable in the Composition, Dissolution, and Restoration of Land upon the Globe". Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. 1 (2): 209–304. Archived from the original on 29 July 2003. Retrieved 2011-10-12.
- The Hutchinson Factfinder (2nd ed.). Oxford: Helicon. 1999. ISBN 1-85986-000-1.
- Williams, Hywel (2005). Cassell's Chronology of World History. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson. p. 337. ISBN 0-304-35730-8.
- "Notable Dates in History". The Flag in the Wind. The Scots Independent. Archived from the original on 25 January 2016. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
- Lunardi, Vincenzo (1786). An Account of Five Aerial Voyages in Scotland. London.
- "Paton, Elizabeth". The Burns Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2014-01-28.