Category Archives: Great Scots

Chippy Harry McNish

An occasional series on eminent Scots ignored or forgotten As true as I can tell it, this is the story of a Scotsman and an Englishman. The Scot was called Harry McNish. The Englishman was called Ernest Shackleton. As the … Continue reading

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What is Coronavirus?

We – the world’s nations in the west and Asia – were warned in 2019 a new incurable ‘flu’ was on its way and we should prepare for it. We did not. What is the virus and is it Armageddon, … Continue reading

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Mary Somerville

An occasional series on great Scots unjustly ignored or forgotten Put off by the acrid smells of school science laboratories, I avoided the study of science subjects like I did tripe (a sheep’s stomach) boiled in milk. That is my … Continue reading

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Jane Haining

An occasional series on great Scots unjustly ignored or forgotten Empathy for others is one of humankind’s greatest qualities.  There are those among us, ordinary down-to-earth folk, modest in ambition and material possession, that make a life altering decision to sublimate their … Continue reading

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Patrick Matthew on Origins

An occasional series on eminent Scots unjustly ignored or forgotten From the minute we were entranced by a bug on a rug, or wondered why blackbirds are black and gulls are white and live by the sea, we were told … Continue reading

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David Douglas

An occasional series about eminent Scots unjustly forgotten or ignored It has not occurred to me to write about plant hunter David Douglas because I’d already written about another plantsman who lived closer to our age, the redoubtable George Forrest, … Continue reading

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Scotland’s Don Roberto

An occasional series on eminent Scots unjustly forgotten or overlooked The real Scottish ‘ward’ The great advantage of Scottish nationalism in the twenty-first century is the robust bulwark it provides against unrestrained British neo-colonialism. It offers the last bastion of … Continue reading

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Frederic Lindsay

An occasional series on eminent Scots under-valued by the general public or forgotten. An independent novelist There are any number of Scottish-born authors of detective fiction, a few full-time and very successful, but the best of them all is no longer with us, Frederic … Continue reading

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Promoting the Proclaimers

When the Proclaimers manager phoned asking if I’d shoot their first promotional video I refused. “I don’t do pop videos.” Back in the day, pop videos were made by frustrated drama directors, people from art school who could barely draw, or … Continue reading

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The Master Builder

An occasional series on gifted Scots unknown or ignored in their homeland  It is highly misleading to suggest Ian Ritchie is unknown in Scotland. He and his London-based firm of architects are respected among his Scottish peers and our town … Continue reading

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