Scotlands History

1960s and 1970s

In 1960s Scotland young people were listening to the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Lulu and the musicians and singers of the Scots Folk Revival like the Corries, Jean Redpath, Aly Bain, Phil Cunningham, Dick Gaughan and the McCalmans. Billy Connolly was half of the folk duo The Humblebums with Tam Harvey.

Scotland appeared on the big screen in Walt Disney’s movie ‘Greyfriars Bobby’ and in ‘Ring of Bright Water’ based on Gavin Maxwell’s book. Maggie Smith won the Best Actress Oscar for ‘The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie’, based on the novel by Muriel Spark. Sean Connery became world famous as 007 - Ian Fleming’s James Bond.

From 1962 until 1971 the BBC brought the fictional Scottish town of Tannochbrae to life in ‘Dr Finlay's Casebook’. Scots huddled around their TV screens to watch the moon landing in 1969.

Polaris submarines were stationed on Holy Loch in the Firth of Clyde. Scotland’s first nuclear power stations were built, the Forth Road Bridge was opened and the North Sea Oil industry flourished.

The 1970s brought decimalisation, Space Invaders arcade machines, the Sony Walkman, and ‘Star Wars’. Scots actor Denis Lawson (Ewan McGregor’s uncle) played Wedge in original Star Wars trilogy. Edward Woodward faced ‘The Wickerman’, and ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’ was filmed almost entirely in Scotland – with scenes at Glen Coe, Rannoch Moor and Doune Castle.

‘Mull of Kintyre’ by Paul McCartney’s band Wings with the bagpipers of Campbeltown Pipe Band became the first single ever to sell over two million copies in the UK. Scots playwright and artist John Byrne wrote ‘The Slab Boys’ and 7:84 Theatre Company toured with John McGrath’s ‘The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil’.
  • Polaroid photo of children in 1970s clothing behind a tenement flat building
  • An image of Billy Connolly in an Edinburgh street surrounded by people sometime in the 1970s
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