1887 in Scotland
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1887 in: The UK • Wales • Ireland • Elsewhere
Scottish football: 1886–87 • 1887–88
Events from the year 1887 in Scotland.
- Monarch – Victoria
- Secretary for Scotland and Keeper of the Great Seal – Arthur Balfour until 11 March; then The Marquess of Lothian
- Lord President of the Court of Session and Lord Justice General – Lord Glencorse
- Lord Justice Clerk – Lord Moncreiff
- 26 April – the America's Cup challenging yacht Thistle, designed by George Lennox Watson, is launched at D. and W. Henderson and Company's yard at Partick.
- 28 May – Udston mining disaster in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, Scotland: 73 coal miners die in a firedamp explosion at Udston Colliery.
- 7 June – the first (temporary) North Carr Lightship is moored on station.
- July – James Blyth operates the world's first working wind turbine at Marykirk.
- November – Park Deer Raid in the Outer Hebrides: a mass poaching expedition by dispossessed crofters turns into a riot.
- 17 December – Warrender Baths opened in the Marchmont district of Edinburgh.
- 25 December – Glenfiddich single malt Scotch whisky first distilled.
- December – The Scots Magazine resumes publication in Perth.
- The Old Blacksmith's Shop at Gretna Green is promoted as a visitor attraction.
- J. & P. Coats build their No. 1 cotton spinning mill at Ferguslie, Paisley.
- Scottish Co-operative Wholesale Society complex at Shieldhall, Glasgow, begins functioning as the world's first comprehensive industrial estate.
- William Ivison Macadam publishes "Notes on the Ancient Iron Industry of Scotland" in Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.
- 25 March – E.S. Russell, marine biologist (died 1954 in England)
- 29 April – Stanley Cursiter, painter and curator (died 1976)
- 15 May – Edwin Muir, poet (died 1959 in England)
- 9 July – Dòmhnall Ruadh Chorùna, poet (died 1967)
- 29 July – William Graham, Labour MP for Edinburgh Central (1918–1931) (died 1932)
- 27 August – James Finlayson, comic film actor (died 1953 in the United States)
- 16 August – Agnes Dollan, suffragette, political activist and leader of the Glasgow rent strikes (died 1966)
- Isabel Emslie Hutton, nurse in Serbia during World War I and psychiatrist (died 1960)
- 8 May – Thomas Stevenson, lighthouse designer and meteorologist (born 1818)
- 18 August – George Loch, Liberal Party Member of Parliament for Wick (1868–72) (born 1811)
- 5 November – Hamish MacCunn's concert overture The Land of the Mountain and the Flood is first performed.
- "The Flag in the Wind – Features – Notable Dates in History". The Scots Independent. Archived from the original on 5 December 2014. Retrieved 2013-06-02.
- "North Carr Lightship". Northern Lighthouse Board. Retrieved 2014-04-28.
- Price, Trevor J. (2004). "Blyth, James (1839–1906)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Online ed.). Oxford University Press. Retrieved 2014-04-16. (subscription or UK public library membership required)
- Hardy, Chris (2010-07-06). "Renewable energy and role of Marykirk's James Blyth". The Courier. Dundee: D. C. Thomson & Co.
- "Raid on Deer in Lewis". Glasgow Herald. 1887-11-23. p. 7.