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Church leader George Gillespie was born on 21 January 1613 in Kirkcaldy.

21/01/2018

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James Watt, inventor of the condensor, which helped make the Industrial Revolution possible, was born on 19 ...

19/01/2018

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Sir John Pringle, President of the Royal Society and physician to King George III, died on 18 January 1782.

18/01/2018

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On 17 January 1795, the Duddingston Curling Society became the first formally organised curling club in the world. ...

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The Treaty of Union between the Scottish and Westminster parliaments was ratified on 16 January 1707.

16/01/2018

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Scottish novelist Neil M Gunn, author of The Silver Darlings, died on 15 January 1973. ...

15/01/2018

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Greyfriars Bobby, the faithful terrier said to have kept vigil at his master's grave for fourteen years, died on ...

14/01/2018

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The Independent Labour Party was founded by James Keir Hardie on 13 January 1893. ...

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Scottish nobleman Alexander Ruthven was born on 12 January 1580.

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Best-selling author and political campaigner Naomi Mitchison died on 11 January 1999 at the age of 101.

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Thomas Lord Erskine, Scottish advocate, was born on 10 January 1750.

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Historian and author Nigel Tranter, author of the MacGregor trilogy, died on 9 January 2000.

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