Celebrated
Scots

We are delighted from St.Andrews Day to officially announce our “Celebrated Scots” community awareness campaign backed by Scottish companies with all proceeds going to Children 1st, a Scottish Children’s Charity which gives help and support to vulnerable children in Scotland.


CHARLES MACINTOSH

Invented Waterproof Fabrics

#celebratedscots

Sir Sean Connery

Sean Connery
BORN
1930
TO
PRESENT

Entertainment


Actor - James Bond

Sir Sean Connery

Real Name: Thomas Sean Connery

Actor - James Bond

Born in Edinburgh, Connery is a retired film actor best known for playing James Bond . In 1962 he made his “Bond” debut in Dr.No 1988 he won an Academy Award for his role in The Untouchables and has had major parts in Highlander, The Hunt For Red October, The Rock & Dragonheart. Connery was knighted in 2000 after having previous nominations vetoed by Donald Dewar due to Connery’s political stance. His last film appearance was in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

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Mary, Queen of Scots

Mary Queen Of Scots
BORN
1542
DEATH
1567

Military & Monarchy


Scottish Monarch

Mary, Queen of Scots

Real Name: Mary Stuart

Scottish Monarch

Only six days after her birth, Mary became Queen of Scots when her father died. Scotland was ruled by regents during her childhood while she was brought up in France. Mary married Francis, the eldest son of French King Henry II and when Francis was crowned King she was made queen consort. Returning to Scotland following Francis’ death, she married a further twice with her 3rd husband being the suspect in the murder of her 2nd! Nobility rose against her and she was imprisoned before being beheaded.

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David Jones

David Jones
BORN
1966
TO
PRESENT

Politics & Economics


Programmer: Lemmings & GTA

David Jones

Programmer: Lemmings & GTA

Born in Dundee, David Jones has been a major influence in the video games industry with the creation of popular titles such as Lemmings, Grand Theft Auto & Crackdown. Back in 1988 David’s 1st release Menace went on to sell 15,000 copies a mere 10,000th of the 150 million copies sold of his global series Grand Theft Auto. Founder of DMA Design & Realtime Worlds, David now heads Cloudgine who are working on Crackdown 3 due for release in 2016.

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Robbie Coltrane OBE

Robbie Coltrane
BORN
1950
TO
PRESENT

Entertainment


Actor: Goldeneye & Harry Potter

Robbie Coltrane OBE

Real Name: Anthony McMillan

Actor: Goldeneye & Harry Potter

Born Anthony Robert McMillan in Rutherglen, Robbie moved into acting in his early 20’s & adopted the stage name Coltrane in tribute to John Coltrane the American jazz saxophonist. Initially in theatre & comedy Robbie progressed into film featuring in Mona Lisa, Nuns on the Run & The Pope Must Die. As Fitz in Cracker, Robbie won three BAFTA’s before returning to film where he starred in Bond films Goldeneye & The World is Not Enough as well as playing Hagrid in the Harry Potter films.

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Susan Boyle

Susan Boyle
BORN
1961
TO
PRESENT

Entertainment


BGT Winner & Best-selling Album

Susan Boyle

BGT Winner & Best-selling Album

Boyle is a singer who came to international attention in 2009 when she appeared as a contestant on the TV programme Britain’s Got Talent singing I Dreamed A Dream from Les Misérables . The audition would go on to become the most watched You Tube video of the year with over 120 million views. Her first album was released in November 2009 and debuted as the no.1 best-selling album on charts around the globe. In 2016 Boyle made a cameo appearance in Zoolander 2!

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William Wallace

William Wallace
BORN
1270
DEATH
1305

Military & Monarchy


Scottish Knight

William Wallace

Scottish Knight

Remembered as a national hero, William Wallace was a patriotic Scottish knight who led the rebellion against Edward I during the Wars of Scottish Independence. Born in Elderslie in Renfrewshire in 1270, Wallace was appointed Guardian of Scotland after defeating a much larger English force at the Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297. In 1305 Wallace was captured in Robroyston, near Glasgow & was hung, drawn and quartered for high treason and crimes against English civilians.

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David Tennant

David Tennant
BORN
1971
TO
PRESENT

Entertainment


Actor: Doctor Who & Harry Potter

David Tennant

Real Name: David McDonald

Actor: Doctor Who & Harry Potter

Tennant made his professional acting debut aged 16 acting in a Glasgow Health Board anti smoking film. In 1994 Tennant starred in his first major TV role in drama series Takin’ Over The Asylum before returning to theatre in the late 90’s. In 2005 he fulfilled a childhood dream playing Doctor Who going on to play the role for 5 years. Tennant has starred in the TV drama Broadchurch & the film Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire playing the role of Barty Crouch Jr.

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Lorraine Kelly OBE

Lorrainne Kelly
BORN
1959
TO
PRESENT

Entertainment


TV Presenter, Journalist & Actress

Lorraine Kelly OBE

TV Presenter, Journalist & Actress

Lorraine is a television presenter & journalist who started her career as a researcher with the BBC in 1983. A year later she was on screen reporting Scottish news on TV-am. In 1990 she became presenter of Good Morning Britain alongside Mike Morris. 3 years later Lorraine helped launch GMTV which she would presented for 17 years. In 2010 ITV Breakfast launched current show Lorraine. In 2012 she received the OBE for services to charity & the armed forces.

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Stephen Hendry MBE

Stephen Hendry
BORN
1969
TO
PRESENT

Sport


Snooker World Champion

Stephen Hendry MBE

Snooker World Champion

Hendry is a former snooker player who became the youngest professional snooker player in 1985 aged 16 before becoming the youngest-ever World Champion in 1990, aged 21 He won the World Championship seven times and was snooker’s world no.1 for eight consecutive seasons between 1990 and 1998. Hendry has the distinction of winning the most world ranking titles (36).In 1994 he was awarded the MBE. In 2012 he retired from the sport to concentrate on his commercial interests and work as a commentator.

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Kirkpatrick McMillan

Male
BORN
1812
DEATH
1878

Science & Technology


Invented Pedal Driven Bicycle

Kirkpatrick McMillan

Invented Pedal Driven Bicycle

McMillan was a blacksmith credited as having invented the pedal driven bicycle. In 1839 he constructed his wooden bicycle with iron rimmed wooden wheels, steerable front wheel & large rear wheel connected by rods to pedals. McMillan was then regularly seen riding the 15 mile journey from his home to Dumfries. Two of the early bicycles are on display at the Dumfries Museum & the smithy from which he worked still stands carrying the plaque reading ”He builded better than he knew”.

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John Napier

John Napier
BORN
1550
DEATH
1617

Science & Technology


Invented Logarithms

John Napier

Invented Logarithms

Napier, the 8th Laird of Merchiston was a landowner, mathematician, astronomer & physicist. Best known for inventing logarithms, rabdology & implementing common use of the decimal point. Napier wrote numerous books from his work including Mirifici logarithmorum canonis descriptio. Napier was also perceived to be a magician dabbling in necromancy & alchemy. Napier’s impact has influenced the naming of Edinburgh Napier University, Neper, logarithm unit & Moon Crater Neper.

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John Paul Jones

John Paul Jones
BORN
1747
DEATH
1792

Military & Monarchy


International Navy Commander

John Paul Jones

Real Name: John Paul

International Navy Commander

Born John Paul, Jones was a sailor and the first well known naval commander in the American Revolutionary War often referred to as The Father of the American Navy. He started sailing aboard merchant and slave ships becoming captain and commanding vessels. After killing a crew member on a voyage he fled to Virginia, USA where he would add “Jones” to his name to escape the law. In 1775 he was appointed 1st Lieutenant of USS Alfred beginning his 13 year US naval career.

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Nicola Sturgeon

Nicola Sturgeon
BORN
1970
TO
PRESENT

Politics & Economics


First Female First Minister

Nicola Sturgeon

First Female First Minister

Sturgeon is a former solicitor having graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) in 1992. She joined the SNP in 1986 and in 1999 was elected via the regional list as Member of the Scottish Parliament. In 2004 she was elected as Depute Leader of the party and in 2007 the Deputy First Minister. After the Independence referendum in 2014, Sturgeon became Party Leader and was elected First Minister of Scotland following Alex Salmond’s resignation becoming the 1st female to hold either role.

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John Boyd Dunlop

John Boyd Dunlop
BORN
1840
DEATH
1921

Science & Technology


Invented the Pneumatic Tyre

John Boyd Dunlop

Invented the Pneumatic Tyre

Dunlop was a veterinary surgeon & inventor who was born in Scotland but spent most of his life in Ireland. In the mid 1880’s along with his brother James he had established one of the largest veterinary practices in Ireland. In 1887 Dunlop developed the first inflatable tyre for his son’s tricycle with sheet rubber glued together & inflated. In 1888 he had an “invalid” patent with bicycles & motor car tyres in commercial production. Dunlop sold his shares to Harvey du Cross in 1895.

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Kenny Dalglish MBE

Kenny Dalgleish
BORN
1951
TO
PRESENT

Sport


Record Holding Footballer

Kenny Dalglish MBE

Record Holding Footballer

On 25th September 1968 Kenny Dalglish made his professional football debut for Celtic. The start of a playing career that resulted in a record 102 national caps and 30 goals. A league & cup winner with both Celtic & Liverpool, Kenny won the European Cup, Super Cup & Player of the Year during a career spanning 800+ games, scoring 336 goals. On “hanging up his boots” Kenny moved into management winning leagues & trophies as Liverpool, Celtic & Blackburn Rovers boss. In 1984 he was awarded the OBE.

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William Playfair

Male
BORN
1759
DEATH
1823

Politics & Economics


Invented the Bar & Pie Charts

William Playfair

Invented the Bar & Pie Charts

The founder of graphical methods of statistics, Playfair was an engineer & political economist, however, had a variety of careers including accountant, silversmith & banker. He set up a silversmithing business and shop in London, later setting up a security bank, both of which failed. Playfair was born in Liff during the enlightenment (a golden age in the arts, sciences, industry & commerce). By 1786 he invented several types of diagrams including the line, area & bar chart of economic data. The pie chart & circle graph followed in 1801.

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Lulu

Lulu
BORN
1948
TO
PRESENT

Entertainment


Singer & TV Personality

Lulu

Real Name: Marie Lawrie

Singer & TV Personality

Born as Marie Lawrie, however better known internationally as Lulu, the singer, actress & TV personality. At age 15 Lulu signed to Decca Records & her cover version of Shout in 1964 peaked at No.7 in the UK charts. Lulu’s 3 following singles failed to make an impact before Leave A Little Love returned her to the top 10. In 1969 she was joint Eurovision winner. Lulu has had minor film parts & during the 60’s appeared in various TV shows. In 2000 she was awarded the OBE.

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Kelly Macdonald

Kelly Mcdonald
BORN
1976
TO
PRESENT

Entertainment


Actress: Boardwalk Empire

Kelly Macdonald

Actress: Boardwalk Empire

Kelly was working as a barmaid when she auditioned at the open casting for Trainspotting winning the part of Diane. This launched her acting career, leading to roles in Stella Does Tricks & Elizabeth followed by major roles in Gosford Park & Intermission . In 2007 she appeared in No Country For Old Men & is the voice of Merida in Brave. In Boardwalk Empire she plays Margaret Thompson for which she has won two of her four Screen Actors Guild Awards.

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Andrew Meikle

Andrew Meikle
BORN
1719
DEATH
1811

Science & Technology


Agricultural Engineer & Inventor

Andrew Meikle

Agricultural Engineer & Inventor

In 2011 Andrew Meikle was an inaugural inductee into the Scottish Engineering Hall of Fame (200 years after his death). The former millwright invented the threshing machine in 1786 which revolutionised agricultural labour times as the device removed the need to separate grain by hand. Although the fixed threshing machines are a thing of the past, the technology incorporated in combine harvesters descends from Andrew Meikle’s prototype.

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Brian Cox CBE

Brian Cox
BORN
1946
TO
PRESENT

Entertainment


Actor: Bourne Series & X-Men

Brian Cox CBE

Actor: Bourne Series & X-Men

Dundee born Cox is an accomplished Shakespearean actor having worked with The National Theatre & The Royal Shakespeare Company. His performances in King Lear & Titus Andronicus both critically acclaimed. In 1986 Cox was the first actor to play Hannibal Lecktor in Manhunter. Roles in Rob Roy, Braveheart & Kiss The Girls followed before starring in The Bourne series X-Men & Troy. Cox received an OBE in 2002 & is a patron for the Scottish Youth Theatre.

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Billy Connolly CBE

Billy Connolly
BORN
1942
TO
PRESENT

Entertainment


Comedian, Musician & Actor

Billy Connolly CBE

Comedian, Musician & Actor

Born in Glasgow, Billy worked as a welder at the shipyards before giving up to pursue a career as a folk singer which would see him team with Gerry Rafferty forming the Humblebums. In the early 1970’s The Big Yin moved into stand up comedy which would lead to him performing to audiences all over the world. Billy has starred in films including The Debt Collector, The Last Samurai & Beautiful Joe. In 2003 Billy received a CBE in the Queen’s birthday honours.

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Robert Burns

Robert Burns
BORN
1759
DEATH
1796

Art & Literature


National Poet of Scotland

Robert Burns

National Poet of Scotland

Regarded as Scotland’s national poet, the work of Burns is known worldwide. In 1774 he wrote his first poem O, Once I Lov’d A Bonnie Lass. Burns proceeded to write notable works Auld Lang Syne, Scots Wha Hae, To A Mouse, Tam O’Shanter and A Man’s a Man For A That all of which are still recited in classrooms today. His birthday is celebrated annually with Burns suppers held around the world on the 25th January. Statues, coins and postage stamps also commemorate Burns globally.

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Bon Scott

Bon Scott
BORN
1946
DEATH
1980

Entertainment


Lead Singer: AC/DC

Bon Scott

Real Name: Ronald Belford Scott

Lead Singer: AC/DC

Scott was born in Forfar & lived in Kirriemuir before moving to Australia. In 1964 Scott formed band The Spektors who later merged to form The Valentines giving Scott his 1st top 30 Australian single. Scott joined band Fraternity aka Fang in 1970 who toured the UK supporting Status Quo. In 1974 Scott joined AC/DC, with album High Voltage released in 1975. Albums Let There Be Rock & Powerage followed before Highway To Hell which would go on to sell 8 million+ copies.

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Katherine Grainger CBE

Cathrine Grainger
BORN
1975
TO
PRESENT

Sport


GB's Most Decorated Female Olympian

Katherine Grainger CBE

GB's Most Decorated Female Olympian

Glasgow-born Grainger is a six-time world champion & Great Britains most decorated female Olympian. In 1997, only four years after taking up rowing in Edinburgh, Katherine won a world championship bronze medal. Having competed in the single scull, double, quadruple sculls & coxless pair events she has accumulated an impressive medal haul including four Olympic silvers & 2012 double sculls gold. In 2006 Katherine was awarded the MBE & in 2013 the CBE. In 2013 she was awarded a PhD in Law from King’s College London.

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Sir J.M. Barrie

Jm Barrie
BORN
1860
DEATH
1937

Art & Literature


Novelist: Peter Pan

Sir J.M. Barrie

Real Name: James Matthew Barrie

Novelist: Peter Pan

Born in Kirriemuir, Barrie was a novelist and playwright best remembered as the creator of Peter Pan. Barrie’s early works included A Window in Thrums set in a fictional village but based on his hometown. The publication of The Little White Bird introduced Peter Pan who would later appear in Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens . Barrie was made a baronet in 1913 and before his death he left the rights of the Pan works to Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children.

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Sir Thomas Sutherland

Thomas Sutherland
BORN
1834
DEATH
1922

Politics & Economics


Banker & Politician

Sir Thomas Sutherland

Banker & Politician

Sutherland was a banker and politician who directed the P&O Company and founded the The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation. From starting as a clerk in London with P&O to managing the Asian operation his progression was rapid and before age 30 he was the chairman of the Hong Kong and Whampoa Dock. In 1872 he was appointed Managing Director. Prior to this he had established the HSBC in 1865. Sutherland was a keen politician and was elected as MP for Greenock in 1884.

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Sir Robert Watson-Watt

Robert Watson Watt
BORN
1892
DEATH
1973

Science & Technology


Developed the Radar

Sir Robert Watson-Watt

Developed the Radar

Born in Brechin, Watson-Watt was a pioneer and major contributor to the development of the radar. A descendant of fellow inventor James Watt he graduated in 1912 with a BSc in Engineering. In 1935 he sent a secret memo Detection & location of aircraft by radio methods to the Air Ministry and after successful testing he received the patent. Further development by his team ensured the radar was instrumental in helping the Royal Air Force win the air battle in World War II.

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James Clerk Maxwell

James Clark Maxwell
BORN
1831
DEATH
1879

Science & Technology


Equations for Electromagnetism

James Clerk Maxwell

Equations for Electromagnetism

Edinburgh born Maxwell was a scientist specialising in mathematical physics. Maxwell’s work helped introduce the era of modern physics with his most notable achievement the classical theory of electromagnetic radiation leading to publications including A Dynamical Theory Of The Electromagnetic Field. In 1860 Maxwell was awarded the Royal Society Rumford Medal on the theory of colour vision. A year later Maxwell presented the world’s first demonstration of colour photography.

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Colin McRae MBE

Colin Mcrae
BORN
1968
DEATH
2007

Sport


Motorsport Rally Driver

Colin McRae MBE

Motorsport Rally Driver

Following in his father’s footsteps, Colin won the British Championship in 1991 only 3 years after Jimmy McRae’s 5th & final win. In 1995 Colin McRae became the youngest & 1st British person to win the World Rally Championship drivers title. Colin racked up 25 wins with his final World rally victory coming in the 2002 Kenya Safari rally before competing in Dakar & 24 hours of Le Mans. Awarded an MBE in 1996 for services to motorsport, Colin tragically died when his helicopter crashed in 2007.

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Dr David Livingstone

David Livingstone
BORN
1813
DEATH
1873

Science & Technology


Discovered Victoria Falls

Dr David Livingstone

Discovered Victoria Falls

Born in Blantyre, Livingstone was a medical missionary & explorer in Africa. Celebrated as the first European to discover the Victoria Falls, Livingstone also mapped Lakes Ngami, Malawi & Bangweulu in Africa resulting in the gold medal award from the Royal Geographic Society. Livingstone inspired abolitionists of the slave trade & began the introduction of health care & education to Central Africa. Livingstone died in Chief Chitambo’s village (modern day Zambia) where a memorial now stands.

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Sir Alex Ferguson CBE

Alex Ferguson
BORN
1941
TO
PRESENT

Sport


UK's Most Successful Football Manager

Sir Alex Ferguson CBE

UK's Most Successful Football Manager

In 1958 Ferguson made his goal scoring playing debut for Queens Park. He went on to play for various clubs including Dunfermline Athletic where he was joint Scottish League top scorer in 1966. Ferguson managed East Stirlingshire, St.Mirren & Aberdeen in Scotland lifting 11 trophies including the UEFA Super & Cup Winners’ Cups before joining Manchester Utd in 1986. His reign at Utd brought 38 trophies including 2 UEFA Champions League & 13 Premiership titles. He was awarded the OBE in 1983 & CBE in 1995.

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Gordon Ramsay OBE

Gordon Ramsay
BORN
1966
TO
PRESENT

Entertainment


Celebrity World Chef

Gordon Ramsay OBE

Celebrity World Chef

Ramsay could have found fame for football rather than food if his youth trials at Glasgow Rangers had not ended due to injury. Ramsay’s career progressed from commis to head chef, opening his first restaurant in 1998 in Chelsea. In 2001 the restaurant received its 3rd Michelin Star , Ramsay being the 1st Scot to achieve this. Ramsay’s empire rapidly expanded as did his global fame with TV shows Kitchen Nightmares & Hell’s Kitchen proving very popular. In 2006 Ramsay was appointed OBE.

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Sir Alexander Fleming

Alexander Fleming
BORN
1881
DEATH
1955

Science & Technology


Discovered Penicillin

Sir Alexander Fleming

Discovered Penicillin

Fleming was a biologist & pharmacologist. At age 13 he moved to London where he would train as a doctor & qualify with distinction. While studying the properties of staphylococci, Fleming discovered a mould with a circle around itself that killed disease-causing bacteria. He grew the mould in pure culture, naming the substance Penicillin. The discovery changed the world of modern medicine saving millions of lives. In 1944 Fleming was knighted & in 1945 received the Nobel Prize In Medicine.

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Adam Smith

Adam Smith
BORN
1723
DEATH
1790

Politics & Economics


Wrote the Wealth of Nations

Adam Smith

Wrote the Wealth of Nations

Born in Kirkcaldy & educated at the University of Glasgow & Balliol College Oxford, Adam Smith is widely regarded as the father of modern economics. Best known for his publicised masterpiece The Wealth of Nations & The Theory of Moral Sentiments, Smith tutored throughout Europe & collaborated with fellow Scotsman David Hume during the Scottish Enlightenment. Smith laid the foundations for the free market economic theory. In 2007 a minor planet 12838 Adam Smith was named in his memory.

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Ronnie Corbett CBE

Ronnie Corbet
BORN
1930
DEATH
2016

Entertainment


Comedian, Writer & Actor

Ronnie Corbett CBE

Comedian, Writer & Actor

Born in Edinburgh, Corbett was a popular actor, writer, comedian & broadcaster. He came to prominence in The Frost Report following minor roles in TV & film. In 1971 Corbett teamed with Ronnie Barker to form iconic 70’s & 80’s comedy sketch show The Two Ronnies which would run until 1987. Corbett also starred in TV series Sorry! during the 80’s which ran for 7 years. Latterly Corbett continued to appear in TV shows mainly as himself. He was awarded the OBE in 1978 & CBE in 2012.

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John Logie Baird

John Logie Baird
BORN
1888
DEATH
1946

Science & Technology


Invented the Television

John Logie Baird

Invented the Television

Baird was an engineer, famous for being the first person to demonstrate a working television. Educated in Scotland, he worked with an electrical company before moving to England. In 1924 he transmitted a flickering image across a few feet which would lead him to a successful tv demonstration to members of the Royal Institution in 1926.He achieved the first colour demonstration in 1928 and set up Baird Television Development Company Ltd which made the first transatlantic transmission.

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Charles Macintosh

Charles Macintosh
BORN
1766
DEATH
1843

Science & Technology


Invented Waterproof Fabrics

Charles Macintosh

Invented Waterproof Fabrics

Macintosh was a keen chemist & during analysis of by-products tar & naphtha he discovered dissolved indiarubber. Using the material he joined 2 sheets of fabric together & on allowing them to dry realised that it could not be penetrated by water. In 1834 he launched a waterproof clothing company. Macintosh also invented a bleaching powder & process of hot-blasting to create high quality cast iron. As recognition of his chemical discoveries he was elected a fellow of The Royal Society in 1823.

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Andrew Carnegie

Andrew Carnegie
BORN
1835
DEATH
1919

Politics & Economics


Pioneered American Steel

Andrew Carnegie

Pioneered American Steel

Andrew Carnegie emigrated to the United States aged 13 & began working as a telegrapher while investing his money in railroads, bridges & oil derricks. In the mid 1870’s Carnegie constructed his first steel mill before forming Carnegie Steel company in 1892. 9 years later the company was sold for $480million. After selling the company he donated the majority of his wealth & time to investing in local libraries and scientific research. He founded the Carnegie Trust for Universities in Scotland.

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Sir Chris Hoy MBE

Chris Hoy
BORN
1976
TO
PRESENT

Sport


Olympic Champion Cyclist

Sir Chris Hoy MBE

Olympic Champion Cyclist

Scotland’s most decorated Olympian with six golds and a silver medal won in cycling events. Hoy raced competitive BMX as a child, switching to track cycling in 1993. In 1999 he won World Championship silver in the team sprint followed by silver in the same event at the 2000 Olympics. Hoy retired in 2013 adding 11 world championship gold medals to his Olympic haul. He has received the MBE and a knighthood. In 2014 Hoy switched to motorsport recording his first win during the 2015 European Le Mans Series.

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Sharleen Spiteri

Sharleen Spitteri
BORN
1967
TO
PRESENT

Entertainment


Singer & Songwriter: Texas

Sharleen Spiteri

Singer & Songwriter: Texas

Spiteri is a recording artist, songwriter & the lead singer with rock band Texas. In 1989 the band released single I Don’t Want A Lover from debut album Southside the single reached no.8 in the UK charts. In 1992 Spiteri had her 2nd top 20 hit with Tired Of Being Alone . After a recording break, Texas released their 4th album White On Blonde which reached no.1 managing 91 weeks in the album chart & included five UK top 10 singles.

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Annie Lennox OBE

Annie Lennox
BORN
1954
TO
PRESENT

Entertainment


Songwriter & Political Activist

Annie Lennox OBE

Songwriter & Political Activist

With an estimated 75 million+ record sales the Eurythmics are one of the UK’s most successful music duo’s of all time. Born on Christmas Day in Aberdeen in 1954, Annie Lennox gained international fame with Dave Stewart during the 1980’s with hits such as Sweet Dreams, Walking on Broken Glass & Why. In addition to her musical career she gained an OBE in 2011 for her continued charity campaigning and humanitarian work. Annie is a supporter of Greenpeace & Amnesty International.

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William McMaster Murdoch

William Murdoch
BORN
1873
DEATH
1972

Science & Technology


First Officer of RMS Titanic

William McMaster Murdoch

First Officer of RMS Titanic

First Officer of RMS Titanic, “Will” Murdoch was born into a family of sailors. During employment at the White Star Line, his leadership became recognised when he avoided a collision while Second officer of the Arabic . He quickly became an officer and was notable as the officer in charge on the bridge of the RMS Titanic on the night it collided with an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean. Murdoch became an iconic Scottish Hero, he died along with the 1,500 others in the disaster.

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Dame Carol Anne Duffy

Carol Ann Duffy
BORN
1955
TO
PRESENT

Art & Literature


1st Female Poet Laurete

Dame Carol Anne Duffy

1st Female Poet Laurete

Born in Glasgow, Duffy is a multi-award winning poet & playwright with a collection including Selling Manhattan, Mean Time & Rapture which won the T.S Eliot Prize in 2005. In 2009, Duffy was appointed Britain’s Poet Laureate becoming both the first Scot & first woman to hold the position. In 1995 Duffy was appointed OBE, with a CBE awarded in 2002 and DBE (Dame) for services to poetry in 2015. Duffy’s modern adaptation of Everyman was performed in the National Theatre in 2015.

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Robert The Bruce

Robert The Bruce
BORN
1274
DEATH
1329

Military & Monarchy


Former King of Scotland

Robert The Bruce

Former King of Scotland

Bruce was King Of Scotland from 1306 until his death in 1329. He was a famous warrior leading Scotland to independence following years of war with the English. Crowned at Scone, Bruce warred with England recapturing castles including Edinburgh throughout Scotland then invaded Carlisle. In response, Edward II sent the English army north who were soundly defeated at Bannockburn. Before his death he overseen the diplomatic Declaration of Arbroath & Treaty of Edinburgh-Northampton.

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James Watt

James Watt
BORN
1736
DEATH
1819

Science & Technology


Invented the Modern Steam Engine

James Watt

Invented the Modern Steam Engine

The inventor, chemist & mechanical engineer is best known for inventing the Watt steam engine, the concept of horsepower & SI unit of power. Backed by businessman John Roebuck, Watt perfected the steam engine design before later partnering Matthew Boulton to launch Boulton & Watt engineering firm playing a major role in the industrial revolution. Watt patented the rotary engine, double action engine & steam engine pressure indicator. The Watt a measurement unit is named in his honour.

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Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson
BORN
1850
DEATH
1894

Art & Literature


Novelist: Treasure Island & Jekyll/Hyde

Robert Louis Stevenson

Novelist: Treasure Island & Jekyll/Hyde

Stevenson was a novelist, poet and travel writer. His essay Roads featured in The Portfolio was his first paid contribution. During a period of travel in the 1870’s, he met his American-born wife Fanny Van de Grift-Osbourne. In the 1880’s Stevenson had numerous stories published including Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde, Kidnapped and the adventure classic Treasure Island. In 1890 Stevenson purchased land in Samoa where he lived with his family before his sudden death.

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Andy Murray OBE

Andy Murray
BORN
1987
TO
PRESENT

Sport


2x Olympic Gold & Wimbledon Winner

Andy Murray OBE

2x Olympic Gold & Wimbledon Winner

When Andy Murray won Wimbledon in 2013 he was the first male Briton in almost 80 years to do so since Fred Perry. Following his 2016 win, Andy is now three-time Grand Slam champion, two-time Olympic champion defeating Roger Federer at London 2012 and Juan Martin del Potro in Rio 2016. Murray is current Paris Masters champion with over 35 career titles to his name. Andy currently sits 4th in the tennis all-time earnings list surpassing Pete Sampras & is currently world ranked no.1. He is a keen supporter of charity work being a founder member of Malaria No More UK.

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Mark Knopfler OBE

Mark Knopfler
BORN
1949
TO
PRESENT

Entertainment


Lead Singer: Dire Straits

Mark Knopfler OBE

Lead Singer: Dire Straits

Born in Glasgow, Knopfler is best known as a singer, songwriter & guitarist. In 1977 along with his Scottish born brother David he formed Dire Straits. The band went on to global fame with album Brothers In Arms selling 30million+ copies & achieving the first CD album to sell one million. In 1995 Dire Straits disbanded & Knopfler launched a solo career resulting in 8 albums, 9 film scores & winning the Ivor Novello lifetime achievement award. Knopfler was awarded the OBE in 1999.

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Jack Vettriano OBE

Male
BORN
1951
TO
PRESENT

Art & Literature


Artist: The Singing Butler

Jack Vettriano OBE

Real Name: Jack Hoggan

Artist: The Singing Butler

Born Jack Hoggan in Methil, Vettriano began painting as a hobby in the 1970’s. At age 36 his application was rejected to study Fine Art in 1987 at The University of Edinburgh. 2 years later he sold canvasses at the Royal Scottish Academy show leading to exhibits in Hong Kong & Johannesburg. In 1992 he painted The Singing Butler which would later sell for £745,000. In 2004 he was awarded the OBE & later opened his own London gallery. Vettriano has donated numerous works proceeds to charity.

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Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Charles Rennie Macintosh
BORN
1868
DEATH
1928

Art & Literature


Architect, Designer & Artist

Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Architect, Designer & Artist

A prominent figure in Glasgow style and art in the late 1800’s along with his wife Margaret, Mackintosh was a popular architect, designer and artist. His design projects included the Glasgow School of Art, Queens Cross Church and The Lighthouse. The “Glasgow” style as it was known was exhibited in Europe, influencing the Viennese Art Nouveau. In his latter years he worked as watercolourist painting landscapes and flower studies. In 1915 he was wrongly arrested for being a German Spy!

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John Cairncross

Male
BORN
1913
DEATH
1995

Military & Monarchy


World War Spy & Double Agent

John Cairncross

World War Spy & Double Agent

Born in Lesmahagow, Cairncross studied French & German at university. He won 1st place in the British Civil Service exams topping both the Home List & Foreign Office competitions. Initially he worked as private secretary to Lord Hankey in the cabinet office. In 1944 Cairncross joined MI6 becoming an intelligence officer & spy during World War II. As a double agent he passed over 5500 documents to the Soviets. At the end of the war he worked for The Treasury then lectured & translated overseas.

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Gerard Butler

Gerard Butler
BORN
1969
TO
PRESENT

Entertainment


Actor: King Leonidas in 300

Gerard Butler

Actor: King Leonidas in 300

Butler was born in Paisley from a family of Irish descent. Butler graduated in law & began a career as a lawyer before being fired prior to fully qualifying. Following a dream of fame, he moved to London where he picked up his first acting role in the play Coriolanus. Butler picked up small roles in Tomorrow Never Dies, Tale Of The Mummy & Harrison’s Flowers until his major breakthrough role as King Leonidas in 300 for which he won a MTV Movie Award & numerous nominations.

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Sir Thomas Hunter

Thomas Hunter
BORN
1961
TO
PRESENT

Politics & Economics


First Scottish Billionaire

Sir Thomas Hunter

First Scottish Billionaire

Hunter is a businessman and philanthropist who became Scotland’s first home-grown billionaire. He started out selling sports goods from the back of a van, this would lead to Sports Division becoming one of the UK’s biggest retailers before selling the business for £290m in 1998. That year Hunter and his wife set up The Hunter Foundation as a venture philanthropy which has invested more than £50m into entrepreneurship, education and international development. Hunter received a knighthood in 2005.

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Sir Jackie Stewart OBE

Jackie Stewart
BORN
1939
TO
PRESENT

Sport


Motorsport Formula 1 Champion

Sir Jackie Stewart OBE

Real Name: John Young Stewart

Motorsport Formula 1 Champion

Nicknamed The Flying Scot, Stewart is recognised as one of the greatest figures in motor racing. Stewart started his racing career in Formula 3 winning the championship at first attempt, he moved to Formula 2 before signing for BRM in Formula 1. Stewart won the “F1” championship in 1969, 1971 & 1973 while finishing runner up in 1968 & 1972. After retiring Stewart was a regular commentator. Stewart received the OBE in 1971 and in 2001 a knighthood for services to motor racing.

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Alexander Graham Bell

Alexander Graham Bell
BORN
1847
DEATH
1922

Science & Technology


Invented the Telephone

Alexander Graham Bell

Invented the Telephone

Still used today, the telephone is one of the greatest communication devices of the modern era. Edinburgh born in 1847, Bell’s patent in 1876 for an apparatus for transmitting vocal or other sounds telegraphically led to the first long distance phone call being made that year in Canada. Bell’s mother & wife were both deaf which influenced his extensive medical research teaching speech to the deaf. Bell served as the National Geographic president from 1898 until 1903.

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Earl Douglas Haig

Male
BORN
1861
DEATH
1928

Military & Monarchy


War Commander & Poppy Fund

Earl Douglas Haig

War Commander & Poppy Fund

Haig was born in Edinburgh to a wealthy family who owned a whisky business. He studied at Oxford University before completing his military training at Sandhurst. He served in India for 9 years as a cavalry officer and later was involved in the Boer War. For most of World War I, Haig was Commander on the Western Front. On retiral, Haig was one of the founders of the British Legion and set up the Haig Fund charity which sells remembrance poppies in aid of ex-servicemen.

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Irvine Welsh

Irvine Welsh
BORN
1957
TO
PRESENT

Art & Literature


Novelist: Trainspotting

Irvine Welsh

Novelist: Trainspotting

Born in Leith, Welsh is a celebrated novelist, short story writer & playwright. His superb Trainspotting novel published in 1993 was adapted as a play & then released in 1996 as a film in which he played a minor part as drug dealer Mikey Forrester. Welsh has written further novels including Marabou Stork Nightmares, Filth, Glue & Porno the latter now being filmed as a sequel to Trainspotting. Welsh wrote the scripts for TV shorts Wedding Belles, Dockers, Nuts & Bad Blood.

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Nicola Benedetti MBE

Nicola Benedetti
BORN
1987
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PRESENT

Entertainment


Renowned Classical Violinist

Nicola Benedetti MBE

Renowned Classical Violinist

At age four Benedetti started to learn the violin, by age eight she was the leader of the National Children’s Orchestra. In 2004 aged 16 she won BBC Young Musician Of The Year leading to signing a six-album recording contract worth £1m. Three of her albums Szymanowski: Violin Concerto No.1, Fantasie and Homecoming – A Scottish Fantasy have all reached no.1 in the UK Classical charts. Benedetti was awarded the MBE in 2013 for services to music and charity.

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Calvin Harris

Calvin Harris
BORN
1984
TO
PRESENT

Entertainment


Record Holding International DJ

Calvin Harris

Real Name: Adam Wiles

Record Holding International DJ

Born Adam Wiles, the popular DJ, record producer, singer, writer and remixer is more commonly known as Calvin Harris. Since releasing his debut studio album I Created Disco in 2007, Harris has progressed to international stardom and holds the record for most top 10 UK singles chart hits from 1 album with 9 surpassing Michael Jackson. Harris was the first British solo artist to exceed 1 billion streams on Spotify, is a keen charity supporter and has practiced teetotalism since 2008.

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Sir William Paterson

William Patterson
BORN
1658
DEATH
1719

Politics & Economics


Founded the Bank of England

Sir William Paterson

Founded the Bank of England

Paterson was a trader and banker who emigrated to the Bahamas. It was here that he conceived the ill-fated Darien scheme . He returned to London and in the Merchants Taylor Company he made his fortune trading with the West Indies. In 1694 he co-founded the Bank of England with the intention of acting as the government’s banker. He resigned a year later to fully concentrate on the Darien Panama project. The expedition ended in disaster with Paterson losing his wife and child to illness.

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Andrew Greig Barr

Andrew Greig Barr
BORN
1872
DEATH
1903

Politics & Economics


Founded A.G. Barr & Irn Bru

Andrew Greig Barr

Founded A.G. Barr & Irn Bru

In 1901, with his father Robert Barr, Andrew launched Barr’s IRON BREW which would go on to become the world famous IRN-BRU. Andrew is also famed for instigating the formation of A.G. Barr & Co. Ltd, in Glasgow which is why today’s A.G.Barr p.l.c. is named after him. Today, IRN-BRU has gained an iconic status as “Scotland’s other national drink” and A.G. Barr has become a household name.

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Ewan McGregor OBE

Ewan Macgregor
BORN
1971
TO
PRESENT

Entertainment


Actor: Trainspotting & Star Wars

Ewan McGregor OBE

Actor: Trainspotting & Star Wars

In 1993 McGregor landed his first screen acting role in Lipstick On Your Collar. A number of short series roles followed before making his film debut in Being Human. An Empire Award was won for his performance in Shallow Grave leading onto international fame & leading roles in Trainspotting, Rogue Trader, Moulin Rouge & playing the iconic Obi Wan Kenobi in the new Star Wars films. McGregor was appointed OBE in 2013 for services to drama & charity.

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Sir Thomas Lipton

Thomas Lipton
BORN
1848
DEATH
1931

Politics & Economics


Entrepreneur: Lipton Teas

Sir Thomas Lipton

Entrepreneur: Lipton Teas

Lipton was a Glasgow born merchant. In 1864 aged 16, he worked as cabin boy on a steamer, before travelling to the United States where he worked for 5 years before returning to Scotland. He worked in his parents shop before opening his own market which through time would grow to a 300 store empire. In 1888 he entered the tea trade, buying tea gardens to provide his shops with goods and establishing the Liptontea brand. A keen yachtsman, Lipton he challenged for the America’s Cup on 5 occasions.

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Robert Carlyle OBE

Robert Carlyle
BORN
1961
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PRESENT

Entertainment


Actor: Trainspotting

Robert Carlyle OBE

Actor: Trainspotting

Carlyle was 21 before he became involved in drama. After graduating, he and four friends formed theatre company Raindog. Following appearances in The Bill and Taggart he played a lead film role in Riff-Raff. Carlyle shot to international fame playing Begbie in Trainspotting and his major parts in films The Full Monty, Carla’s Song, Plunkett & Macleane along with TV lead roles Hamish Macbeth and Stargate Universe. In 1999 he was awarded the OBE.

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Tony Blair

Tony Blair
BORN
1953
TO
PRESENT

Politics & Economics


Former Prime Minister

Tony Blair

Former Prime Minister

Born in Edinburgh, Blair was a politician with the British Labour Party, elected Leader in 1994 and served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1997 until 2007. Blair’s government introduced the National Minimum Wage, Freedom of information and Human Rights Acts. 4 of his 1997 Manifesto promises were delivered by carrying out devolution, establishing the Scottish Parliament, Wales & Northern Ireland Assemblies. In 2010 Blair was awarded the Order of Freedom credited for ending Kosovo conflict.

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David Coupar Thomson

Dc Thomson
BORN
1861
DEATH
1954

Politics & Economics


Newspaper Proprietor & Publisher

David Coupar Thomson

Newspaper Proprietor & Publisher

Born in Dundee in 1861, Thomson became the general manager of The Dundee Courier & Argus aged 25 which his father William was a majority shareholder. In 1905 William, David and brother Frederick formed D.C Thomson Ltd. When Frederick died D.C became sole proprietor. The firm flourished becoming the 3rd “J” in Dundee industry’s Three J’s Jute, Jam and Journalism. D.C’s popular publications include The Courier, Sunday Post, My Weekly plus the famed comics The Dandy and The Beano.

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Arthur Conan Doyle
BORN
1859
DEATH
1930

Art & Literature


Novelist: Sherlock Holmes

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Novelist: Sherlock Holmes

Doyle is best known as a physician and writer. His most notable work being the creation of Sherlock Holmes who first appeared in the novel A Study in Scarlet . Holmes would feature in four novels including The Hound Of The Baskervilles and 56 short stories by Doyle. He also created the Professor Challenger character. Doyle was a keen sportsman playing amateur football and first class cricket for Marylebone Cricket Club. He was awarded a knighthood in 1902.

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