1917 in Scotland
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1917 in: The UK • Wales • Ireland • Elsewhere
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Events from the year 1917 in Scotland.
- Lord President of the Court of Session and Lord Justice General – Lord Strathclyde
- Lord Justice Clerk – Lord Dickson
- Chairman of the Scottish Land Court – Lord Kennedy
- 3 January – Ratho rail crash in which North British Railway H class locomotive 874 Dunedin in charge of the Edinburgh to Glasgow express train is in collision with a light engine at Queensferry Junction, leaving 12 people dead and 46 seriously injured. The cause is found to be inadequate signalling procedures.
- 5 January – Stornoway Gazette first published.
- 29 January – Royal Navy steam-powered submarine HMS K13 sinks on trial in the Gare Loch with the loss of 32 men; 48 are rescued.
- 7 February – the Clyde-built Atlantic liner SS California (1907), homeward bound for Glasgow from New York, is torpedoed and sunk by SM U-85 approaching Ireland. 41 are killed but around 162 survivors return to Glasgow.
- 9 April–16 May – Battle of Arras on the Western Front (World War I) – 44 Scottish battalions advance alongside seven Canadian Scottish battalions.
- 1 May – Imperial German Navy Zeppelins L 43 and L 45 conduct reconnaissance patrols over the North Sea off the coast of Scotland, above the Firth of Forth and Aberdeen, respectively.
- 9 July – HMS Vanguard is blown apart by an internal explosion at her moorings in Scapa Flow, Orkney, killing an estimated 843 crew with no survivors.
- 2 August – Squadron Commander E.H. Dunning becomes the first pilot to land his aircraft on a ship when he lands his Sopwith Pup on HMS Furious in Scapa Flow but is killed five days later during another landing on the ship.
- 23 August – start of lockout at Pullars dyeing works in Perth.
- October – first North British Railway C Class steam locomotives are allocated for loan to the Royal Engineers' Railway Operating Division on the Western Front.
- 3 December – Strathmore meteorite falls in Perthshire.
- 27 February – George Mitchell, musician, best known for devising The Black and White Minstrel Show (died in Shropshire 2002)
- 15 May – Anna Macleod, biochemist, world's first female professor of brewing and biochemistry (died 2004)
- 18 May – James Donald, actor (died in West Tytherley, Hampshire 1993)
- 10 June – Ruari McLean, typographic designer (died 2006)
- 14 August – Donald MacLeod, Seaforth Highlanders pipe major, composer and bagpipe instructor (died 1982)
- 26 September – Phillip Clancey, leading authority on the ornithology of South Africa (died 2001 in South Africa)
- 16 October – Murray MacLehose, Governor of Hong Kong (died 2000)
- 14 December – Alberto Morrocco, artist and teacher (died 1998)
- 17 March – Hippolyte Blanc, architect, best known for his church buildings in the Gothic revival style (born 1844)
- 22 October – William Hole, English artist, illustrator, etcher and engraver, known for his industrial, historical and biblical scenes (born in Salisbury in 1846)
- 1 December – George Henry Tatham Paton, army captain, posthumous recipient of the Victoria Cross, mortally wounded in action in France (born 1895)
- 27 December – George Diamandy, Romanian revolutionary socialist politician, social scientist, dramatist, journalist, diplomat, archaeologist and landowner, died and buried at sea off Shetland (born 1867 in Romania)
- 17 August – one of English literature's most important and famous meetings takes place when Wilfred Owen introduces himself to fellow poet Siegfried Sassoon at Craiglockhart War Hospital in Edinburgh.
- Joseph Lee (who is made a prisoner of war later this year) publishes the poetry collection Work-a-Day Warriors.
- Ewart Alan Mackintosh (who is killed on 23 November in the Battle of Cambrai) publishes A Highland Regiment and Other Poems.
- Doric dialect poet and soldier Charles Murray publishes The Sough o' War.
- MacLeod, Duncan (2006-08-14). "UK train accidents in which passengers were killed 1825-1924". PureCollector. Retrieved 2017-12-06.
- "Notable Dates in History". The Flag in the Wind. The Scots Independent. Archived from the original on 2014-05-23. Retrieved 2014-07-15.
- Whitehouse, Arch (1966). The Zeppelin Fighters. New York: Ace Books. pp. 183–184.
- Flett, Brian (2002-07-11). "Research puts Vanguard loss at 843". The Orcadian. Archived from the original on 2010-10-27. Retrieved 2013-05-19.
- HMS Furious 1917. Archived 28 June 2006 at the Wayback Machine.
- "Pullars of Perth". Perthshire Diary. 1917-09-19. Retrieved 2014-03-21.
- "The Strathmore Meteorite". Perth & Kinross Council. 2013-08-05. Retrieved 2014-08-22.