Category Archives: Great Scots

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 individuals ignored or unknown in their homeland yet celebrated and respected internationally. 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 … Continue reading

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Investigating Allan Pinkerton

Continuing the occasional series of outstanding Scots ignored or overlooked Allan Pinkerton is not quite in the half-forgotten category of previous personalities illuminated here, but as far as Scotland is concerned readers will find it hard to discover much about … Continue reading

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Indiana Forrest

An essay in an occasional series on outstanding Scots unjustly forgotten. George Forrest was a great plant hunter, a true renaissance man of the early nineteenth century, with the near perfect name for a person whose whole career was hunting … Continue reading

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An Edinburgh Woman

An essay in an occasional series on eminent Scots long forgotten. I remember my disappointment turning to anger some years back when I read a published list of Scottish-born actors working in Hollywood compiled by the Scottish Film Fund, now part of the … Continue reading

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An Interesting Man

An essay in an occasional series on great Scots unjustly ignored or forgotten. The dark days I think it prescient to discuss teacher and dominie [headmaster] A.S. Neill at a time politicians are jumping all over the Scottish Education system for … Continue reading

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Dr John Rae

An essay in an occasional series on great Scots unjustly ignored. It is always fascinating to observe how well Westminster succeeds telling big fat lies about Scotland’s economic health, and how easily it confines our achievements to the provincial. But then, … Continue reading

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