1826 in Scotland
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1826 in: The UK • Wales • Ireland • Elsewhere
Events from the year 1826 in Scotland.
- Lord President of the Court of Session – Lord Granton
- Lord Justice General – The Duke of Montrose
- Lord Justice Clerk – Lord Boyle
- January – the Glasgow City Mission is founded by David Nasmith, initiating the global City Mission movement.
- 5 May – the Ballochney Railway is authorised.
- 11 May – attainder of Threipland baronets of Fingask Castle (imposed for support of the Jacobite risings) is repealed and Patrick (also known as Peter) Budge Murray Threipland (1762–1837), an advocate, is restored to the dignity of a baronet.
- 26 May – the Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway and Garnkirk and Glasgow Railway are authorised.
- 18 August – explorer Alexander Gordon Laing (born 1793 in Edinburgh) becomes the first European to reach Timbuktu but on 26 September is murdered there.
- 23 August – last fatal duel in Scotland fought near Kirkcaldy: linen manufacturer David Landale shoots banker George Morgan.
- 1 October – opening of the Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway.
- 17 October – Thomas Carlyle and Jane Welsh marry in Edinburgh.
- October – James Drew begins in practice as a solicitor in Glasgow, a predecessor of McClure Naismith.
- The Ballantyne printing business in Edinburgh crashes, ruining Sir Walter Scott as a principal investor. He undertakes to repay his creditors from his writings. His publisher Archibald Constable also fails. Also this year, Scott publishes "Letters of Malachi Malgrowther" in the Edinburgh Weekly Journal in support of Scottish banks being able to continue to issue smaller-denomination notes.
- Construction of the National Monument, Edinburgh on Calton Hill (to the dead of the Napoleonic Wars) is commenced; it will never be completed.
- First spa building at "Saint Ronan's Well", Innerleithen built.
- Gattonside suspension footbridge is built at Melrose.
- Glendronach distillery, by Huntly, and Old Pulteney distillery, by Wick, Caithness, are established.
- The auctioneers Lyon & Turnbull are established in Edinburgh.
- Christian Isobel Johnstone, as 'Margaret Dods', publishes The Cook and Housewife's Manual.
- Approximate date – John Bartholomew, Sr. sets up independently as an engraver and cartographer in Edinburgh, a predecessor of Collins Bartholomew.
- Possible date – Discovery of the Hunterston Brooch.
- 21 January – Sir Archibald Alison, 2nd Baronet, British Army officer (died 1907 in London)
- 26 April – Robert Adamson, pioneer photographer (died 1848)
- 26 May – James Leith, British Army officer, recipient of the Victoria Cross (died 1869 in London)
- 8 June – Thomas Faed, genre painter (died 1900 in London)
- 12 June – William Alexander, novelist and journalist (died 1894)
- 7 September – John McLachlan, first bishop of the restored Roman Catholic Diocese of Galloway (died 1893)
- 11 October – James Munro, soldier, recipient of the Victoria Cross (died 1871)
- 30 November – Anthony Home, military surgeon, recipient of the Victoria Cross (died 1914 in London)
- 8 December – John Brown, royal servant (died 1883)
- William Henderson, shipowner and philanthropist (died 1904)
- John P. Laird, steam locomotive designer (died 1882)
- John Sands, journalist (died 1900)
- 21 February – John Kay, caricaturist, engraver and miniaturist (born 1742)
- 21 August – John Barclay, comparative anatomist (born 1758)
- December – William Glen, poet (born 1789)
- 2 June – the Irvine Burns Club is formed at the Milne's Inn under the presidency of Dr. John MacKenzie, who had known Robert Burns.
- The Scottish Academy is established in Edinburgh.
- James Hogg's poetry Queen Hynde is published.
- Sir Walter Scott's novel Woodstock is published anonymously.
- "The World's First City Mission". Glasgow City Mission. Retrieved 2014-08-05.
- "London City Mission". Encyclopædia Britannica.
- Martin, Don (1995). The Monkland & Kirkintilloch and Associated Railways. Kirkintilloch: Strathkelvin District Libraries & Museums. ISBN 0-904966-41-0.
- "Notable Dates in History". The Flag in the Wind. The Scots Independent. Archived from the original on 8 August 2014. Retrieved 2014-08-02.
- Whishaw, Francis (1969) . The Railways of Great Britain and Ireland practically described and illustrated (3rd ed.). Newton Abbot: David & Charles. ISBN 0-7153-4786-1.
- Penguin Pocket On This Day. Penguin Reference Library. 2006. ISBN 0-14-102715-0.
- Landale, James (2006). The Last Duel: A True Story of Death and Honour. Edinburgh: Canongate. ISBN 9781841958255.
- Awdry, Christopher (1990). Encyclopaedia of British Railway Companies. Wellingborough: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-85260-049-7.
- King, Steve (17 October 1826). "Carlyle, Marriage & Biography". Today in Literature. Retrieved 2014-01-07.
- McClure, Naismith, Brodie & Co.: The First 150 Years. Glasgow: McClure Naismith. 1976.
- "Letters of Malachi Malagrowther". Walter Scott. Edinburgh University Library. 2011-12-19. Retrieved 2014-08-05.
- "Melrose, Gattonside Suspension Footbridge". Canmore. Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. 2007. Retrieved 2014-08-09.
- "Our Story". The GlenDronach Distillery Co. Ltd. Retrieved 2014-08-05.
- "Pulteney Distillery". Visit Scotland. Archived from the original on 19 June 2014. Retrieved 2016-02-26.
- Lamb, John (1896). Annals of an Ayrshire Parish: West Kilbride. Glasgow: John J. Rae. p. 92.
- Donaldson, William (2004). "Alexander, William (1826–1894)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/39241. Retrieved 2014-08-05. (subscription or UK public library membership required)
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Cousin, John William (1910). A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature. London: J. M. Dent & Sons. Wikisource
- "Irvine Burns Club". Archived from the original on 1 November 2013. Retrieved 2014-08-05.
- Gordon, Esme (1976). The Royal Scottish Academy of Painting, Sculpture & Architecture 1826-1976. Edinburgh: Skilton.
- Cox, Michael, ed. (2004). The Concise Oxford Chronology of English Literature. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-860634-6.