1872 in Scotland
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1872 in: The UK • Wales • Ireland • Elsewhere
Scottish football: 1871–72 • 1872–73
Events from the year 1872 in Scotland.
- Lord President of the Court of Session and Lord Justice General – Lord Glencorse
- Lord Justice Clerk – Lord Moncreiff
- June – Rangers F.C. play their first ever game on the public pitches of Glasgow Green
- 10 August – first Education (Scotland) Act passed, providing compulsory education for ages 5–13
- 2 October – Kirtlebridge rail crash at Kirtlebridge station on the Caledonian Railway in Dumfries and Galloway: 12 killed in a collision
- 30 November – Scotland v England, the first FIFA-recognized international football match, takes place at Hamilton Crescent in Glasgow; the result is a goalless draw
- 12 December – Third Lanark A.C. is established as the Association football team of the Third Lanarkshire Rifle Volunteers
- December – Wick Harbour breakwater is washed away in a storm
- Dhu Heartach lighthouse is first lit
- David Colville & Sons open their Dalzell Steel and Iron Works at Motherwell
- Guard Bridge paper mills established near Leuchars
- The Egyptian Halls, a pioneering iron-framed commercial building in Glasgow designed by Alexander Thomson, is completed
- The last Thurso Castle is built
- Clydebank High School established
- First hospital built on the site at Govan (Glasgow) that will become Queen Elizabeth University Hospital
- The Northern Psalter and Hymn Tune Book edited by William Carnie is published in Aberdeen containing Jessie Seymour Irvine's setting of Psalm 23, "Crimond"
- The Scottish Gaelic magazine Féillire is first published as Almanac Gàilig air son 1872 in Inverness
- The Shetland Times is first published in Lerwick
- Other Association football clubs established this year include Ayr Thistle, Clydesdale, Dumbarton and Renton
- 12 February – Alexander Gibb, civil engineer (died 1958)
- 5 May – Norman Smith, philosopher (died 1958)
- 13 June – Chrystal Macmillan, mathematician, suffragist, politician, barrister and pacifist (died 1937)
- 2 October – Thomas Hunter, Unionist Party MP for Perth (1935–45) (died 1953)
- 14 January – Greyfriars Bobby, faithful Skye Terrier dog
- 27 February – John McLeod Campbell, minister and theologian (born 1800)
- 16 June – Norman Macleod, Church of Scotland minister (born 1812)
- 20 August – William Miller, poet (born 1810)
- 28 November – Mary Somerville, scientist (born 1780)
- 24 December – William John Macquorn Rankine, pioneer of thermodynamics (born 1820)
- "Chronology of Scottish History". A Timeline of Scottish History. Rampant Scotland. Retrieved 2014-02-28.
- Rolt, L. T. C.; Kichenside, Geoffrey (1982) . Red for Danger (4th ed.). Newton Abbot: David & Charles. pp. 63–64. ISBN 0-7153-8362-0.
- "The First International Football Match". BBC. Retrieved 2013-06-08.
- Johnson, Ronald (July 1988). "How far is it to Crimond?". Hymn Society Bulletin (176): 38.
- Ferguson, Mary; Matheson, Ann (1984). Scottish Gaelic Union Catalogue. Edinburgh: National Library of Scotland. ISBN 0902220608.