1818 in Scotland
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1818 in: The UK • Wales • Ireland • Elsewhere
Events from the year 1818 in Scotland.
- Lord President of the Court of Session – Lord Granton
- Lord Justice General – The Duke of Montrose
- Lord Justice Clerk – Lord Boyle
- 4 February – the Honours of Scotland are put on display in Edinburgh Castle after being discovered in store there; Walter Scott, one of the prime movers in the discovery, is rewarded with a baronetcy in 1820.
- 17 February – the remains of King Robert the Bruce found at Dunfermline Abbey.
- 3 March – construction of the Union Canal begins at the Edinburgh end.
- 19 March – Church of St John the Evangelist, Edinburgh, designed by William Burn, dedicated.
- Mid-May – paddle steamer Thames makes the first steamboat passage from the Clyde to Dublin.
- 13–14 June – Rob Roy makes the first steamboat passage from the Clyde to Belfast.
- New road bridge at Spean Bridge completed to a design by Thomas Telford.
- First public supply of gas in Glasgow.
- Robert Barclay founds the engineering company in Glasgow that will become marine engineers Barclay Curle.
- Shipbuilder Thomas Morton of Leith invents the patent slip.
- Robert Stirling builds the first practical version of his Stirling engine.
- Restoration of the great house at Rosehall begins, to assist which a private canal is dug.
- The post of Regius Professor of Botany, Glasgow, is established by King George III, Robert Graham, MD, being the first holder; Thomas Thomson takes up his appointment as first Regius Professor of Chemistry here.
- 21 February – George Wilson, chemist (died 1859)
- 10 March – William Menelaus, mechanical engineer (died 1882 in Wales)
- 17 May – William Hay, architect (died 1888)
- 11 June – Alexander Bain, philosopher and educationalist (died 1903)
- 22 June – Donald Mackenzie, advocate and judge (died 1875)
- 22 July – Thomas Stevenson, lighthouse designer and meteorologist (died 1887)
- 5 August – Thomas Elder, pastoralist, businessman, racehorse breeder, politician and philanthropist in Australia (died 1897 in Australia)
- 23 August – John Cairns, Presbyterian divine (died 1892)
- 25 September – Helen Macfarlane, radical writer (died 1860)
- 3 October – Alexander Macmillan, publisher (died 1896)
- 24 October – William Forsyth, writer (died 1879)
- 7 December – John Blackwood, publisher (died 1879)
- Andrew Leslie, shipbuilder
- Alexander McLachlan, poet (died 1896 in Canada)
- 13 February – George Dempster of Dunnichen, advocate, agricultural improver, banker and politician (born 1732)
- 15 March – Hector Macneill, poet (born 1746)
- 6 November – Malcolm Laing, historian (born 1762)
- 7 December – Mary Brunton, novelist (born 1778)
- June – English poet John Keats begins a walking tour in Scotland, including a visit to Burns Cottage.
- 10 June – first performance of the opera Rob Roy MacGregor, William Henry Murray's adaptation of Walter Scott's 1817 novel Rob Roy, in Edinburgh; Mrs Nicol plays "Jean McAlpine".
- 18 July – Walter Scott's novel The Heart of Midlothian, set during the Porteous Riots of 1736, is published (as Tales of My Landlord, 2nd series, by 'Jedediah Cleishbotham', in 4 volumes); a shipload from the Ballantyne publishing business is sent from Edinburgh to London.
- 18 September – the original Theatre Royal in Glasgow becomes the first theatre in Scotland to be lit by gas.
- James Barr composes a musical setting of the late Robert Tannahill's "Thou Bonnie Wood of Craigielea" which will later become the basis of the tune "Waltzing Matilda".
- Ludwig van Beethoven composes settings of Twenty-Five Scottish Songs.
- "Chronology of Scottish History". A Timeline of Scottish History. Rampant Scotland. Retrieved 2014-05-18.
- "Dunfermline celebrates discovery of Robert the Bruce remains". Scotsman. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
- "History of Edinburgh". Visions of Scotland. Retrieved 2014-05-18.
- Spratt, H. Philip (1958). The Birth of the Steamboat. London: Charles Griffin. pp. 95–7.
- Moody, T. W.; et al., eds. (1989). A New History of Ireland. 8: A Chronology of Irish History. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-821744-2.
- "Spean Bridge". Canmore. Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. 2007. Retrieved 2014-08-09.
- Forbes, N.; Howat, J. M. T. (2002). "The Rosehall Canal: The Most Northerly in Great Britain?". Journal of the Railway & Canal Historical Society. 34: 38–9.
- Burwick, Frederick (2011). Playing to the Crowd London Popular Theater, 1780-1830. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. p. 121. ISBN 0230370659.
- Sutherland, John (2014). How to be Well Read. London: Random House. p. 214. ISBN 978-1-847-94640-9.
- London theatres had been gaslit the previous year. "Theatres Compete in Race to Install Gas Illumination – 1817" (PDF). Over The Footlights. Retrieved 2014-05-20.
- O'Keeffe, Dennis (2012). Waltzing Matilda: The Secret History of Australia's Favourite Song. Sydney: Allen and Unwin. ISBN 978-1-74237-706-3.