1823 in Scotland
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1823 in: The UK • Wales • Ireland • Elsewhere
Events from the year 1823 in Scotland.
- Lord President of the Court of Session – Lord Granton
- Lord Justice General – The Duke of Montrose
- Lord Justice Clerk – Lord Boyle
- 14 January – the Plinian Society is inaugurated for students of natural history at the University of Edinburgh under the presidency of John Baird.
- 7 February – the Bannatyne Club is inaugurated by Sir Walter Scott and others as a text publication society to print by subscription rare texts relating to the history, literature and traditions of Scotland.
- 17 June – Charles Macintosh patents the waterproof material later used to make Mackintosh coats.
- November – the Highland Society’s Veterinary School, predecessor of the University of Edinburgh's Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, organises its first regular classes in Edinburgh under William Dick.
- Excise Act reduces duties on the distillation of whisky, encouraging its commercial production.
- James Smith of Deanston introduces an improved method of land drainage on slopes.
- First Hebrew congregation in Glasgow in modern times established.
- Rev. Dr. Henry Duncan completes reconstruction of the Northumbrian Ruthwell Cross.
- 13 March – William Mackinnon, shipowner (died 1893 in London)
- 31 March – William Hart, painter of the Hudson River School (died 1894 in the United States)
- 28 May – Henry MacDonald, soldier, Victoria Cross recipient (died 1893)
- 11 July – John Stuart McCaig of Muckairn and Soroba, creator of McCaig's Tower, Oban (died 1902)
- 28 October – William Simpson, war artist (died 1899 in London)
- Thomas Bantock, businessman (died 1895 in Wolverhampton)
- Robert Boog Watson, malacologist and Free Church minister (died 1910)
- 28 March – Ilay Campbell, judge (born 1734)
- 29 March – William Taylor, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland and Principal of the University of Glasgow (born 1744)
- 16 June – Archibald Elliot, architect (born 1761)
- 8 July – Sir Henry Raeburn, portrait painter (born 1756)
- 29 September – George Beattie, poet (born 1786)
- George Finlayson, naturalist (born 1790; died at sea)
- February – a monument to poet Robert Burns (died 1796), designed by Thomas Hamilton, is opened in Alloway.
- Thomas Campbell's poem The Last Man is published.
- John Galt's novels The Entail, or The Lairds of Grippy, The Gathering of the West, Ringan Gilhaize, or The Covenanters and The Spaewife: a Tale of the Scottish Chronicles are published.
- Sir Walter Scott's novels Peveril of the Peak, Quentin Durward and St. Ronan's Well are published anonymously.
- William Tennant's poetic drama Cardinal Beaton is published.
- John Wilson's novel The Trials of Margaret Lyndsay is published.
- Browne, E. Janet (1995). Charles Darwin: vol. 1 Voyaging. London: Jonathan Cape. pp. 73–5. ISBN 1-84413-314-1.
- Penguin Pocket On This Day. Penguin Reference Library. 2006. ISBN 0-14-102715-0.
- Bradley, O. Charnock (1923). History of the Edinburgh Veterinary College. Edinburgh: Oliver & Boyd.
- Kermack, W. R. (1944). 19 Centuries of Scotland. Edinburgh: Johnston. p. 86.
- Rock, Joe. "The Burns Monument, Alloway". Retrieved 2014-08-27.
- Chambers, William. "William Tennant". Biographical Dictionary of Eminent Scotsmen. Retrieved 2014-08-07.