Category Archives: Great Scots

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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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 ignored 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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Adrienne Corrie

An occasional series on eminent Scots ignored or forgotten. An Edinburgh Woman 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, … Continue reading

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A. S. Neil

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 no valid reason … Continue reading

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Dr John Rae

An occasional series on eminent Scots unjustly ignored or forgotten Dr John Rae was an outstanding explorer. And it’s him I want to concentrate on to demonstrate how the power of the British Establishment, embodied in a handful of public figures, … Continue reading

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