Category Archives: Great Scots

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 forgotten. I like to bring attention to Scots-born individuals of merit ignored or forgotten. An earlier essay on Ecurie Ecosse racing driver Ian Stewart, ‘A Kind of Hero’, is one, Arctic … 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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A Kind of Hero

An essay in an occasional series on great Scots unjustly ignored Observing Ian Stewart in the snug of a pub, tall rangy frame, in his eighties, Mount Rushmore of a nose, quiet, almost tranquil, a recent pacemaker operation, his beloved … Continue reading

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