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What Scotland looked like in the 1960s

In the 1960s, Scotland experienced dramatic, far-reaching changes, often not understood at the time. Shipyard closures, high unemployment, and troubled traditional industries contributed to a feeling the country was sinking, and there was little that could be done to prevent it. A new political spirit suddenly emerged from this gloom – the whirlwind of Scottish nationalism. It seemed that there was little anyone could do to stop Scottish independence at a stroke. The Renaissance was remarkable.

Nationalists gained control of the independence field after the Covenant Association, which aimed to win a parliament for Scotland, collapsed by the end of the 1950s. During a 1962 by-election in West Lothian, William Wolfe (link to Times Obituary), who later served as SNP chairman, came second, considered a significant victory at the time. SNP activists, particularly in West Lothian, where they established a stronghold, worked hard to restore the party’s fortunes. In the sixties, the SNP was so small and weak that one of its leaders joked that the party would have been wiped out if all the senior members had been in a small plane when it crashed.

In the sixties, Scotland had alternative places of dissent and imagination: the Art Schools produced an extensive range of talent that has dazzled since. During the early 1960s, CND and the new left emerged north of the border in response to the UK Government’s decision to place Polaris in Scotland. The introduction of younger, idealistic activists to the SNP when Labour under Hugh Gaitskell abandoned unilateral nuclear disarmament gave the SNP a vital boost.

Here are some stunning historical photos that will take you back to the 1960s in the Scotland.

#1 Buses, cars and pedestrians making their way along Princes Street in Edinburgh, Scotland during the Edinburgh Festival in 1960.

Buses, cars and pedestrians making their way along Princes Street in Edinburgh, Scotland during the Edinburgh Festival in 1960.

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#2 SligaChan Hotel, Sligachan, Isle of Skye, Scotland, 1960.

SligaChan Hotel, Sligachan, Isle of Skye, Scotland, 1960.

A small settlement on Skye, Scotland. It is close to the Cuillin mountains and provides a good viewpoint for seeing the Black Cuillin mountains. Tradition has it that the Lord of the Isles attacked Skye in 1395, but William MacLeod met the MacDonalds at Sligachan and drove them back to Loch Eynort (Ainort).

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#3 Princes Street in Edinburgh, 1960

Princes Street in Edinburgh, 1960

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#4 Village of Uig, and Jetty for ferry to outer Hebrides, Isle of Skye, Scotland, 1960s

Village of Uig, and Jetty for ferry to outer Hebrides, Isle of Skye, Scotland, 1960s

The village of Uig lies at the head of the sheltered inlet of Uig Bay on the west coast of the Trotternish peninsula on the Isle of Skye.

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#5 Union Street, built with Aberdeen Granite, Aberdeen Scotland, 1960s.

Union Street, built with Aberdeen Granite, Aberdeen Scotland, 1960s.

Union Street is a major street and shopping thoroughfare in Aberdeen, named after the Acts of Union 1800. It was built as an elevated street to relieve the strain on surrounding streets. Designed in early 19th century under plans suggested by Charles Abercrombie, its construction nearly bankrupted the city.

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#6 Union Street, Aberdeen, Scotland, 1960s.

Union Street, Aberdeen, Scotland, 1960s.

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#7 Vernacular snapshot photograph of bagpipers in Scotland, 1960.

Vernacular snapshot photograph of bagpipers in Scotland, 1960.

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#8 A view of the Scott Monument and Princes Street in Edinburgh, Scotland, 1960

A view of the Scott Monument and Princes Street in Edinburgh, Scotland, 1960

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#9 A high angle view of Edinburgh, Scotland, 1960.

A high angle view of Edinburgh, Scotland, 1960.

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#10 Brother and Sister Make the Roadway a Playground Outside Their Home in Hospital Street, Gorbals, 1950

Brother and Sister Make the Roadway a Playground Outside Their Home in Hospital Street, Gorbals, 1950

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#11 Rows of houses in Glasgow, Scotland, 29th March 1969.

Rows of houses in Glasgow, Scotland, 29th March 1969.

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#12 QE2 Launch Day, Clydebank in Scotland, 1967

QE2 Launch Day, Clydebank in Scotland, 1967

The royal motorcade carrying Queen Elizabeth II and various dignitaries and guests through the entrance gates to John Brown and Company shipbuilders for the launch and naming ceremony of the ocean liner Queen Elizabeth 2 at Clydebank in Scotland on 20th September 1967. The hull of the QE2 ship can be seen towering above the buildings in the background.

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#13 Buildings and Landmarks Oban, Argyll, Scotland, 1960s

Buildings and Landmarks Oban, Argyll, Scotland, 1960s

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#14 Tay Road Bridge, 1966.

Tay Road Bridge, 1966.

Motorists in a Jaguar Mark VII paying their toll on the new Tay Road Bridge, which carries the A92 road across the Firth of Tay from Newport-on-Tay to Dundee. Just downstream of the Tay Rail Bridge. Opened in 1966, at approximately 2,250 metres long, it is one of the longest road bridges in Europe and was built to replace the ferry service

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#15 Craigshill, Livingston, West Lothian, Scotland, 1965.

Craigshill, Livingston, West Lothian, Scotland, 1965.

A team of Laing workers lowering a prefabricated concrete staircase into position at a Jespersen construction compound, probably at the Craigshill development in Livingston.

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#16 The south bank Laurieston and Gorbals area of the South Portland Street Suspension Bridge spanning the River Clyde in Glasgow, Scotland, 1965.

The south bank Laurieston and Gorbals area of the South Portland Street Suspension Bridge spanning the River Clyde in Glasgow, Scotland, 1965.

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#17 Three men play a game of lawn bowls on a bowling green in West End Park with the New Buildings of the University of Glasgow rising behind on Gilmorehill in Glasgow, Scotland, 1965.

Three men play a game of lawn bowls on a bowling green in West End Park with the New Buildings of the University of Glasgow rising behind on Gilmorehill in Glasgow, Scotland, 1965.

The university building was designed in the Gothic revival style by the architect George Gilbert Scott and completed in 1870.

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#18 Cars and pedestrians make their way around Charlotte Square, a Georgian garden square in the New Town area of Edinburgh, Scotland, 1965.

Cars and pedestrians make their way around Charlotte Square, a Georgian garden square in the New Town area of Edinburgh, Scotland, 1965.

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#19 Pedestrians walk up a city street in the Grassmarket area of the Old Town in Edinburgh, Scotland, 1965.

Pedestrians walk up a city street in the Grassmarket area of the Old Town in Edinburgh, Scotland, 1965.

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#20 Looking north from South Queensferry of the Forth Bridge, a cantilever railway bridge crossing the Firth of Forth, near Edinburgh in Scotland, 1965.

Looking north from South Queensferry of the Forth Bridge, a cantilever railway bridge crossing the Firth of Forth, near Edinburgh in Scotland, 1965.

The bridge, once the longest single cantilever bridge span in the world, opend to rail traffic on 4th March 1890.

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#21 Scottish pop duo ‘The McKinleys’, consisting of the sisters Sheila and Jeanette McKinley, 1965.

Scottish pop duo 'The McKinleys', consisting of the sisters Sheila and Jeanette McKinley, 1965.

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#22 Marine fainting in George Square, Glasgow, when the Royal Marines provided a guard of honour for Remembrance Day service the Cenotaph, 1964

Marine fainting in George Square, Glasgow, when the Royal Marines provided a guard of honour for Remembrance Day service the Cenotaph, 1964

The Marine crashed full length as thousands sang the 23rd Psalm.

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#23 The Forth Road bridge from South Queensferry to North Queensferry, shortly after construction, August 1964.

The Forth Road bridge from South Queensferry to North Queensferry, shortly after construction, August 1964.

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#24 The Bancrofts, who a year ago left the ‘rat race’ of London and Whitstable to make a new start as crofters in the Fair Isle, 1964

The Bancrofts, who a year ago left the 'rat race' of London and Whitstable to make a new start as crofters in the Fair Isle, 1964

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#25 General view of Fair Isle, Scotland, 22nd June 1964.

General view of Fair Isle, Scotland, 22nd June 1964.

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#26 Fair Isle, Scotland, 22nd June 1964.

Fair Isle, Scotland, 22nd June 1964.

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#27 Fair Isle, Scotland, 1964.

Fair Isle, Scotland, 1964.

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#28 Fair Isle, Scotland, 1964.

Fair Isle, Scotland, 1964.

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#29 Ness Bridge over the River Ness in Inverness, Inverness-shire, 17th June 1964.

Ness Bridge over the River Ness in Inverness, Inverness-shire, 17th June 1964.

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#30 River Ness in Inverness, Inverness-shire, 17th June 1964.

River Ness in Inverness, Inverness-shire, 17th June 1964.

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#31 River Ness in Inverness, Inverness-shire, 17th June 1964.

River Ness in Inverness, Inverness-shire, 17th June 1964.

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#32 The Forth Road bridge from South Queensferry to North Queensferry, during construction, 1964

The Forth Road bridge from South Queensferry to North Queensferry, during construction, 1964

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#33 Forth Road Bridge, 1963

Forth Road Bridge, 1963

The Forth Road bridge from South Queensferry to North Queensferry, during construction. The two halves of the bridge which will meet early next year, 27th June 1963.

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#34 The Scottish built Rootes Group Hillman Imp compact, rear-engined saloon car seen near the Forth Bridge cantilever railway bridge across the Firth of Forth on 3 May 1963 near Edinburgh, Scotland.

The Scottish built Rootes Group Hillman Imp compact, rear-engined saloon car seen near the Forth Bridge cantilever railway bridge across the Firth of Forth on 3 May 1963 near Edinburgh, Scotland.

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#35 Actor Albert Finney in Glasgow, 3rd March 1963.

Actor Albert Finney in Glasgow, 3rd March 1963.

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#36 Tubby Hayes, Richmond Jazz Festival, London, 1963.

Tubby Hayes, Richmond Jazz Festival, London, 1963.

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#37 A couple make their way up a flight of steps in Greenock on the Clyde, Scotland, 1963

A couple make their way up a flight of steps in Greenock on the Clyde, Scotland, 1963

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#38 Shipbuilders leaving a shipyard at Greenock on the Clyde, Scotland, 1963.

Shipbuilders leaving a shipyard at Greenock on the Clyde, Scotland, 1963.

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#39 Shipbuilders leaving a shipyard at Greenock on the Clyde, Scotland, 1963.

Shipbuilders leaving a shipyard at Greenock on the Clyde, Scotland, 1963.

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#40 A boy in a street in the shipbuilding town of Greenock on the Clyde, Scotland, 1963.

A boy in a street in the shipbuilding town of Greenock on the Clyde, Scotland, 1963.

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#41 A view over a shipyard in Greenock on the Clyde, Scotland, 1963.

A view over a shipyard in Greenock on the Clyde, Scotland, 1963.

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#42 A woman hanging out her washing on a line in Greenock on the Clyde, Scotland, 1963.

A woman hanging out her washing on a line in Greenock on the Clyde, Scotland, 1963.

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#43 A view of a shipyard at Greenock on the Clyde, Scotland, 1963.

A view of a shipyard at Greenock on the Clyde, Scotland, 1963.

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#44 A worker at a shipyard in Greenock on the Clyde, Scotland, 1963.

A worker at a shipyard in Greenock on the Clyde, Scotland, 1963.

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#45 Drummers of the Greenock Accordian Band marching in the rain, Greenock, Scotland, 1963.

Drummers of the Greenock Accordian Band marching in the rain, Greenock, Scotland, 1963.

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#46 A vessel under construction at a shipyard in Greenock on the Clyde, Scotland, 1963.

A vessel under construction at a shipyard in Greenock on the Clyde, Scotland, 1963.

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#47 A group of workers leave a shipyard at clocking off time in Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland, 1963.

A group of workers leave a shipyard at clocking off time in Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland, 1963.

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#48 A woman hangs out her laundry on a washing line between tenements in Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland, 1963.

A woman hangs out her laundry on a washing line between tenements in Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland, 1963.

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#49 General scenes of Lochinver, a village on the coast in the Assynt district of Sutherland, Highland, Scotland, 3rd August 1962.

General scenes of Lochinver, a village on the coast in the Assynt district of Sutherland, Highland, Scotland, 3rd August 1962.

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#50 Lochinver, a village on the coast in the Assynt district of Sutherland, Highland, Scotland, 3rd August 1962.

Lochinver, a village on the coast in the Assynt district of Sutherland, Highland, Scotland, 3rd August 1962.

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#51 General scenes of Lochinver, 1962

General scenes of Lochinver, 1962

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#52 The Cairngorms, a mountain range in the eastern Highlands of Scotland, 3rd January 1962.

The Cairngorms, a mountain range in the eastern Highlands of Scotland, 3rd January 1962.

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#53 St Andrews University, 1962

St Andrews University, 1962

This picture shows the quadrangle of the United College. After the Reformation, which caused a great decline in the revenues of the University, the two Colleges of St Salvator's founded in 1450 and St Leonards, founded in 1512, were joined in 1747 and named the United College.

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#54 The Tower, 1962. St Salvator’s College as seen from North Street, St Andrews.

The Tower, 1962. St Salvator's College as seen from North Street, St Andrews.

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#55 young 11 years old Gorbals boy Willie Thomason, 1962

young 11 years old Gorbals boy Willie Thomason, 1962

Although he's moved away to a new house, young 11 years old Gorbals boy Willie Thomason still comes back to his old territory among the old tenements and watches the progress being made by workmen.

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#56 Down Comes the Old One as the New One Looms Up, 1962.

Down Comes the Old One as the New One Looms Up, 1962.

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#57 British Highland Games athlete Bill Anderson watched by officials as he competes in the caber toss event of the Braemar Gathering in Braemar, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, 9th September 1961.

British Highland Games athlete Bill Anderson watched by officials as he competes in the caber toss event of the Braemar Gathering in Braemar, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, 9th September 1961.

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#58 Chaotic road conditions cause big traffic hold ups in the centre of Glasgow, 1961

Chaotic road conditions cause big traffic hold ups in the centre of Glasgow, 1961

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#59 Braemar Gathering, 1961

Braemar Gathering, 1961

British Royals Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (1921-2021), Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Anne, and Princess Alexandra of Kent, watch a display of pipers at the Braemar Gathering in Braemar, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, 9th September 1961.

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#60 The Caledonian Railway’s Gleneagles station, 1961

The Caledonian Railway's Gleneagles station, 1961

The Caledonian Railway's Gleneagles station was the alighting point for the luxurious Railway Hotel. It was a location which attracted tourists from around the world and the platforms were decorated accordingly, and wetre provided with luggage lifts. Here, ex-LNER V2 No.60958 is seen with the 3.30 Aberdeen to Edinburgh train with a Crieff railbus waiting on the left, on 31st August 1961.

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#61 Isle of Soay, Inner Hebreides, Scotland, 18th September 1960.

Isle of Soay, Inner Hebreides, Scotland, 18th September 1960.

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#62 Queen Elizabeth II And Prince Philip Visit Westray, 1960

Queen Elizabeth II And Prince Philip Visit Westray, 1960

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh drive in a Morris van past crowds of people after a visit to Pierowall Junior High School on Westray, one of the Orkney Islands during a royal tour of the Shetland and Orkney Islands in Scotland on August 12th 1960.

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#63 No 60019 ‘Bittern’ departs from Glasgow Queen St with an express for the Granite city in 1965 having been transferred to Aberdee, 1963

No 60019 'Bittern' departs from Glasgow Queen St with an express for the Granite city in 1965 having been transferred to Aberdee, 1963

During the early 1960s some Gresley A4s were transferred to Scotland for working expresses between Glasgow and Aberdeen. Here No 60019 'Bittern' departs from Glasgow Queen St with an express for the Granite city in 1965 having been transferred to Aberdeen Ferryhill in October 1963.

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#64 One of the Caprotti valve gear Standard 5 4-6-0s working turn about with the Gresley A4s on the Glasgow-Aberdeen services during the 1960s.

One of the Caprotti valve gear Standard 5 4-6-0s working turn about with the Gresley A4s on the Glasgow-Aberdeen services during the 1960s.

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#65 Laing Sports Ground, Rowley Lane, Elstree, 1960

Laing Sports Ground, Rowley Lane, Elstree, 1960

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#66 Fire at Glamis Castle, 1960

Fire at Glamis Castle, 1960

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#67 View looking north from South Queensferry of the Forth Bridge, a cantilever railway bridge crossing the Firth of Forth, near Edinburgh in Scotland, 1960.

View looking north from South Queensferry of the Forth Bridge, a cantilever railway bridge crossing the Firth of Forth, near Edinburgh in Scotland, 1960.

The bridge, once the longest single cantilever bridge span in the world, opend to rail traffic on 4th March 1890. In the foreground are two passenger ferries operating on the Queensferry Passage route.

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#68 Young female dancers competing in a Highland Dancing contest on a wooden stage at a sports stadium in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1960.

Young female dancers competing in a Highland Dancing contest on a wooden stage at a sports stadium in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1960.

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#69 Skiers in the Cairngorms, a mountain range in the eastern Highlands of Scotland, 3rd January 1962.

Skiers in the Cairngorms, a mountain range in the eastern Highlands of Scotland, 3rd January 1962.

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#70 Skiers in the Cairngorms, a mountain range in the eastern Highlands of Scotland, 1962.

Skiers in the Cairngorms, a mountain range in the eastern Highlands of Scotland, 1962.

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#71 Skiers in the Cairngorms, 1962

Skiers in the Cairngorms, 1962

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#72 Skiers in the Cairngorms, 1962

Skiers in the Cairngorms, 1962

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#73 Class 5 locomotive over the ashpit at Polmadie depot, Glasgow, 1962.

Class 5 locomotive over the ashpit at Polmadie depot, Glasgow, 1962.

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#74 Firth of Forth in Scotland showing the Forth Road Bridge being built, 1960s

Firth of Forth in Scotland showing the Forth Road Bridge being built, 1960s

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#75 Boats at Eoligarry Jetty on North Bay on the island of Barra in the Outer Hebrides, 1960

Boats at Eoligarry Jetty on North Bay on the island of Barra in the Outer Hebrides, 1960

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#76 Two women walking on a road on the island of Barra in the Outer Hebrides, 1960

Two women walking on a road on the island of Barra in the Outer Hebrides, 1960

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#77 Two children stretching up to see sweets on display in a shop window at Castlebay on the island of Barra in the Outer Hebrides, 1960

Two children stretching up to see sweets on display in a shop window at Castlebay on the island of Barra in the Outer Hebrides, 1960

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#78 Inside view of the train which transported both passengers and their cars, so that people could go on holiday by train but still take their cars with them, 1960

Inside view of the train which transported both passengers and their cars, so that people could go on holiday by train but still take their cars with them, 1960

The service began in 1955 between King's Cross and Perth. The service between London and Scotland was withdrawn in 1988, and the London-Penzance service ran until 2005.

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#79 Cheapside Street Whisky Bond Fire – Glasgow, 1960s

Cheapside Street Whisky Bond Fire - Glasgow, 1960s

Rubble chokes the narrow street as, hours after the outbreak, hoses still pump streams of water on to the smouldering ruins of a whisky warehouse in Glasgow. An explosion blew the walls of the building out, burying three fire appliances and killing nineteen men, fourteen firefighters, and five members of the Glasgow Salvage Corps.

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#80 Cheapside Street Whisky Bond Fire – Glasgow, 1960s

Cheapside Street Whisky Bond Fire - Glasgow, 1960s

Tons of rubble and whisky barrels engulf a fire engine, on the morning after a disastrous Glasgow whisky warehouse blaze. An explosion blew the walls of the building out, burying three fire appliances and killing nineteen men, fourteen firefighters, and five members of the Glasgow Salvage Corps. The incident remains Britain's worst peacetime fire services disaster.

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#81 Disasters and Accidents – Cheapside Street Whisky Bond Fire, Glasgow, 1960s

Disasters and Accidents - Cheapside Street Whisky Bond Fire,  Glasgow, 1960s

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#82 Workers being hoisted up from one of four anchor tunnels to hold securing cables of the Forth Road Bridge, which crosses the river near Edinburgh, 1960

Workers being hoisted up from one of four anchor tunnels to hold securing cables of the Forth Road Bridge, which crosses the river near Edinburgh, 1960

The suspension bridge was built to alleviate severe traffic problems in the area, previously served by a double-track line with a road across the Forth Rail Bridge and an inadequate ferry service. Increased industry in the region led to demand for a new bridge; work began on it in 1958 and the Forth Road Bridge was opened in 1964.

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#83 Harbour scene in the Hebrides, Scotland, 1960.

Harbour scene in the Hebrides, Scotland, 1960.

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#84 Teeth factory in Dundee, 1963:

Teeth factory in Dundee, 1963:

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#85 Dunston Power Station’s six chimneys rise into the air with rolling fields behind them – on the spot where the MetroCentre now stands in Gateshead, 1960s

Dunston Power Station's six chimneys rise into the air with rolling fields behind them – on the spot where the MetroCentre now stands in Gateshead, 1960s

Electricity from the station supplied Northumberland, County Durham, Cumberland, Yorkshire and as far north as Galashiels in Scotland, as well as Tyneside. It became outdated and closed in 1981, being demolished five years later as work on the MetroCentre began. The picture was taken amid the dramatic terraces of Clara Street in Newcastle's West End where children dubbed the station's initial three chimneys Tom, Dick and Harry.

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#86 Flooding at Waverley Terrace Blantyre, South Lanarkshire, 1960.

Flooding at Waverley Terrace Blantyre, South Lanarkshire, 1960.

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#87 SligaChan Hotel, Sligachan, Isle of Skye, Scotland, 1960.

SligaChan Hotel, Sligachan, Isle of Skye, Scotland, 1960.

A small settlement on Skye, Scotland. It is close to the Cuillin mountains and provides a good viewpoint for seeing the Black Cuillin mountains. Tradition has it that the Lord of the Isles attacked Skye in 1395, but William MacLeod met the MacDonalds at Sligachan and drove them back to Loch Eynort (Ainort).

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#88 North Berwick Woolen Mill

North Berwick Woolen Mill

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#89 Bilston Glen Colliery, Midlothian, Scotland, 1960.

Bilston Glen Colliery, Midlothian, Scotland, 1960.

Bilston Glen pit was sunk between 1952 and 1961. It was the scene of violent clashes between striking miners and police in the 1984-85 miners strike. The pit was closed in 1988, and the site cleared.

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#90 Scottish people relaxing on the beach. Musselburgh, 1960s

Scottish people relaxing on the beach. Musselburgh, 1960s

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#91 Tam O’ Shanter inn’ in Ayr, 1960s

Tam O' Shanter inn' in Ayr, 1960s

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#92 Scottish dockworkers wharfing goods. Scotland, 1960s

Scottish dockworkers wharfing goods. Scotland, 1960s

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#93 A village festival, with the band; in a close-up, there is a bagpipe player, who wears the kilt, and on the background is a crowd, Scotland, 1968

A village festival, with the band; in a close-up, there is a bagpipe player, who wears the kilt, and on the background is a crowd, Scotland, 1968

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#94 Road traffic in the street; in a close-up, can be seen typical two-level British buses, Scotland, 1964

Road traffic in the street; in a close-up, can be seen typical two-level British buses, Scotland, 1964

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#95 Dunfermline Abbey, Scotland, 1960.

Dunfermline Abbey, Scotland, 1960.

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#96 General view of Oban from Pulpit Hill, Scotland, 1960.

General view of Oban from Pulpit Hill, Scotland, 1960.

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#97 Girvan, Ayrshire, Scotland, 1960.

Girvan, Ayrshire, Scotland, 1960.

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#98 Kelso Abbey, Scotland, 1960.

Kelso Abbey, Scotland, 1960.

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#99 Renfrew Airport, Scotland, 1960.

Renfrew Airport, Scotland, 1960.

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#100 Rothesday, Isle of Bute, Scotland, 1960.

Rothesday, Isle of Bute, Scotland, 1960.

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#101 Linlithgoe Palace, Scotland, 1960.

Linlithgoe Palace, Scotland, 1960.

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#102 A boy playing with dogs in a road of tenement housing in the Gorbals area of Glasgow, 1960

A boy playing with dogs in a road of tenement housing in the Gorbals area of Glasgow, 1960

The tenements which had formerly occupied the site were among the worst slums in Britain and there had been campaigns to redevelop the area for many years before work finally began in the late fifties.

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#103 Residents of the Gorbals area of Glasgow collecting firewood among partially-demolished tenement buildings, 1960

Residents of the Gorbals area of Glasgow collecting firewood among partially-demolished tenement buildings, 1960

The tenements were among the worst slums in Britain and there had been campaigns to redevelop the area for many years before work finally began in the late fifties.

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#104 A woman walking past a block of modern housing with two young children in the Gorbals area of Glasgow, 1960

A woman walking past a block of modern housing with two young children in the Gorbals area of Glasgow, 1960

The tenements which had formerly occupied the site were among the worst slums in Britain and there had been campaigns to redevelop the area for many years before work finally began in the late fifties.

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#105 Boys climbing a tree near a modern tower block in the Gorbals area of Glasgow, 1960

Boys climbing a tree near a modern tower block in the Gorbals area of Glasgow, 1960

The tenements which had formerly occupied the site were among the worst slums in Britain and there had been campaigns to redevelop the area for many years before work finally began in the late fifties.

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#106 A man piling furniture onto a cart in a street of soon-to-be-demolished tenements in the Gorbals area of Glasgow, 1960

A man piling furniture onto a cart in a street of soon-to-be-demolished tenements in the Gorbals area of Glasgow, 1960

The tenements were among the worst slums in Britain and there had been campaigns to have the area redeveloped for many years before work finally began in the late fifties.

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#107 A workman in a bulldozer in front of a tenement being demolished in the Gorbals area of Glasgow, 1960

A workman in a bulldozer in front of a tenement being demolished in the Gorbals area of Glasgow, 1960

The tenements which had formerly occupied the site were among the worst slums in Britain and there had been campaigns to redevelop the area for many years before work finally began in the late fifties.

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#108 A coalman doing his rounds in his horse-drawn cart in the Gorbals area of Glasgow, 1960

A coalman doing his rounds in his horse-drawn cart in the Gorbals area of Glasgow, 1960

The Gorbals tenements were among the worst slums in Britain and there had been campaigns to have the area redeveloped for many years before work finally began in the late fifties.

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#109 Mr and Mrs Curran sitting having tea in the kitchen of their soon-to-be-demolished tenement home in the Gorbals area of Glasgow, 1960s

Mr and Mrs Curran sitting having tea in the kitchen of their soon-to-be-demolished tenement home in the Gorbals area of Glasgow, 1960s

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#110 A man pulling a hand cart past a closed-down pawnbroker’s shop in the Gorbals area of Glasgow, 1960

A man pulling a hand cart past a closed-down pawnbroker's shop in the Gorbals area of Glasgow, 1960

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#111 Modern housing in the Gorbals area of Glasgow, some of it under construction, 1960

Modern housing in the Gorbals area of Glasgow, some of it under construction, 1960

The tenements which had formerly occupied the site were among the worst slums in Britain and there had been campaigns to redevelop the area for many years before work finally began in the late fifties.

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#112 A woman and a little girl walking through an area of modern housing in the Gorbals area of Glasgow, 1960

A woman and a little girl walking through an area of modern housing in the Gorbals area of Glasgow, 1960

The tenements which had formerly occupied the site were among the worst slums in Britain and there had been campaigns to redevelop the area for many years before work finally began in the late fifties.

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#113 Tower blocks under construction in the Gorbals area of Glasgow, 1960

Tower blocks under construction in the Gorbals area of Glasgow, 1960

The tenements which had formerly occupied the site were among the worst slums in Britain and there had been campaigns to redevelop the area for many years before work finally began in the late fifties.

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#114 Children playing beside modern tower blocks in the Gorbals area of Glasgow, 1960

Children playing beside modern tower blocks in the Gorbals area of Glasgow, 1960

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#115 An area of cleared ground in the Gorbals area of Glasgow where debris from the newly-demolished slum tenements is being burnt on a bonfire, 1960

An area of cleared ground in the Gorbals area of Glasgow where debris from the newly-demolished slum tenements is being burnt on a bonfire, 1960

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#116 Modern housing under construction beside old tenements in the Gorbals area of Glasgow, 1960

Modern housing under construction beside old tenements in the Gorbals area of Glasgow, 1960

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#117 A man walking past modern tower blocks in the Gorbals area of Glasgow, 1960

A man walking past modern tower blocks in the Gorbals area of Glasgow, 1960

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#118 Workmen and a bulldozer beside a tenement being demolished in the Gorbals area of Glasgow, 1960

Workmen and a bulldozer beside a tenement being demolished in the Gorbals area of Glasgow, 1960

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#119 People walking past newly-built tower blocks in the Gorbals area of Glasgow, 1960

People walking past newly-built tower blocks in the Gorbals area of Glasgow, 1960

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#120 The harbour at Dundee, 1960

The harbour at Dundee, 1960

Dundee's seaport is used for handling industrial cargo such as textiles or agricultural produce, but also acts as a service centre for the North Sea oil industry and for processing petroleum products.

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#121 A high-rise block of flats under construction in the Gorbals area of Glasgow, 1960

A high-rise block of flats under construction in the Gorbals area of Glasgow, 1960

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#122 Housing on an estate in Glasgow, Scotland, 1960

Housing on an estate in Glasgow, Scotland, 1960

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#123 Children in the rebuilt Gorbals, Glasgow, 1960

Children in the rebuilt Gorbals, Glasgow, 1960

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#124 A man pulling a hand cart past tower blocks under construction in the Gorbals area of Glasgow, 1960

A man pulling a hand cart past tower blocks under construction in the Gorbals area of Glasgow, 1960

The tenements which had formerly occupied the site were among the worst slums in Britain and there had been campaigns to redevelop the area for many years before work finally began in the late fifties.

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#125 Leeds United and Scotland international Bobby Collins in training on a bike at Elland Road, 1960

Leeds United and Scotland international Bobby Collins in training on a bike at Elland Road, 1960

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#126 Taxis in a Glasgow street, stuck in traffic around the city centre, August 1965.

Taxis in a Glasgow street, stuck in traffic around the city centre, August 1965.

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#127 View of Edinburgh showing Edinburgh Castle, 1965

View of Edinburgh showing Edinburgh Castle, 1965

Edinburgh Castle became a royal residence when James I was murdered in Perth (1437) and his widow Joan Beaufort moved the Royal Court and her son, James II, to Edinburgh. The oldest part of the building is St Margaret's Chapel dating from c.1100 and named after King Malcolm III's wife. The chapel only survived Robert the Bruce's attack in 1313 because he ordered his men to leave it untouched. The Scottish crown jewels, The Honours of Scotland, are also on display there having been discovered by Sir Walter Scott after remaining hidden during the Cromwellian period.

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#128 Three men play a game of lawn bowls on a bowling green in West End Park with the New Buildings of the University of Glasgow rising behind on Gilmorehill in Glasgow, Scotland, 1965.

Three men play a game of lawn bowls on a bowling green in West End Park with the New Buildings of the University of Glasgow rising behind on Gilmorehill in Glasgow, Scotland, 1965.

The university building was designed in the Gothic revival style by the architect George Gilbert Scott and completed in 1870.

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#129 Pedestrians walk up a city street in the Grassmarket area of the Old Town in Edinburgh, Scotland, 1965.

Pedestrians walk up a city street in the Grassmarket area of the Old Town in Edinburgh, Scotland, 1965.

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#130 Welcome aboard the first Kensington-Inverness Motorail service . Motorail began in 1955 between King’s Cross and Perth, 1960s

Welcome aboard the first Kensington-Inverness Motorail service . Motorail began in 1955 between King's Cross and Perth, 1960s

The service between London and Scotland was withdrawn in 1988, and the London-Penzance service ran until 2005.

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#131 Bus depot, Glasgow, 1960s.

Bus depot, Glasgow, 1960s.

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