Special Sub-Topic: A Question Of Scotland
|Thomas Telford was born in Glendinning, Scotland in 1757. What was he famous for?|
Engineering, bridge, road and canal building. Telford built the Menai suspension bridge, the Ellesmere and Caledonian Canals, a bridge across the Severn river and vast stretches of road which now comprise the A5 among many other achievements. Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone, Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin, both eminent Scotsmen.
|Born in Scotland in 1819 he emigrated to the USA and founded a world famous detective agency, as well as starting the American Secret Service and foiling a plot to assassinate Abe Lincoln. Who was he?|
Allan Pinkerton. Allan Pinkerton did all of the above. As far as I'm aware Charles Edward Pinkerton doesn't exist. Rob Roy was a famous Scottish outlaw, and good old
Ronald McDonald is the clown of hamburger company fame.
|Scotland has a great tradition of music and singers and many fine singers emigrated to the New World. Who was the first Scottish female vocalist to top the American charts since the launch of the Billboard Hot 100?|
Lulu. Lulu had a number one on the Billboard top 100 in 1967 with "To Sir With Love". Sheena Easton had a number one in 1981 with "Morning Train (9 to 5)". Annie Lennox had a number one hit in 1983 as a member of the Eurythmics with "There must be an Angel (Playing with My Heart)". Bonnie Tyler had a number one with "Total Eclipse Of The Heart" but she is in fact Welsh.
|"Dr Livingstone I presume"; the world renowned Scottish explorer and missionary David Livingstone was greeted with these now famous words. But who said them?|
Henry Morton Stanley. David Livingstone was the first European to see the Victoria Falls which he named after the British monarch of the day. He was greeted by those immortal words on 10th November 1871 by H.M.Stanley, the notable Welsh journalist and explorer, who had conducted a search for Livingstone. Livingstone died of malaria at the age of 60 in 1873.
Stanley Matthews was a famous English footballer. Stanley Laurel was the comedian of Laurel and Hardy fame, and Harold Michael Stanley was invented by me for the purpose of the quiz.
|Have you ever watched the movie "Chariots of Fire"? The story revolves around a Scotsman, Eric Liddle who refused to run a race in which he was the favourite. This was during the 1924 Olympics in Paris and he wouldn't run as it was being held on a Sunday. But where was he born?|
China, his parents were missionaries. Eric Liddle was born in 1902, in China to Scottish missionary parents. Berwick does lie just over the Scottish border with England but that's irrelevant to the quiz. Eric's wife, not his mother was Canadian, and the banks of Loch Lomond are indeed bonnie but not his birthplace.
Eric was a strict sabbitarian and so refused to race in the 100 meters which was his best distance. He ran the 400 meters and smashed the world record. His daughter Patricia Russell commented that he ran it as though it was the 100 meters.
|I'm sure you have heard of "Fergie" a Manchester United FC legend. Sir Alex Ferguson their famous Scottish manager has lead the club to trophies galore. But before he managed Man Utd he also had a successful spell with Scottish club Aberdeen, but with what Scottish teams were his first two managerial jobs?|
East Stirling and St. Mirren. Alex Ferguson played for Rangers amongst other teams, and started his managerial career with East Stirling in 1974. He moved to St Mirren taking them to the Scottish league first division title and promotion in 1977. He became manager of Aberdeen in 1978 winning nine trophies including the European Cup Winners Cup in 1983. He moved to Manchester United in 1986 and, after an initial three year barren spell, went on to win numerous trophies.
|No quiz about Scotland would be complete without a question about golf, after all the game was invented and first played in Scotland on the links at St.Andrews. The Open Championship was first held in Scotland and won by a Scotsman, Willie Parks senior. On what Scottish course did he win it?|
Prestwick. Prestwick was the venue of the first Open in 1860, won by Willie Parks Senior by two strokes from Tom Morris. It is now known as the British Open and is one of the four Major tournaments in men's golf. The others, all held in the USA, are the US Open, the Masters and the PGA. Royal Troon, St.Andrews and Turnberry have all hosted the tournament.
|The National Bard of Scotland is Robert Burns or "Rabbie" if you're a Scotsman. One of his most famous poems is "Tam O' Shanter". From the poem one of the characters Nannie Dee, a witch who wore a short undergarment or chemise earned a nickname. A famous ship was named after this nickname and its figurehead is named Nannie Dee. What ship am I referring to?|
The "Cutty Sark". Launched on the river Clyde, from Scott and Linton's shipyard in Dumbarton on 22nd November 1869, the Cutty Sark was the greatest and the fastest of the old tea clippers. She was named after Nannie Dee a character in Rabbie's poem who wore an undergarment known as a cutty sark, which is a short shift or vest. So she became known as "Cutty Sark". The ship was named after her and the figurehead on the ship named Nannie Dee.
The Vital Spark was the name of an old Clyde steamship from the TV series of the same name; Parahandy was the name of it's captain, played by Roddie McDowell.
|In this quiz we have mentioned many famous Scots. This is a question about an infamous Scot; Alexander "Sawney" Bean was his name. What were his dirty deeds?|
He ate people, he was a cannibal. Sawney Bean was the head of a family of cannibals during the 16th century. His legendary brood who lived in a cave in Southern Ayrshire were said to include 8 sons, 6 daughters, 18 grandsons and 14 granddaughters, products of incest and lawlessness.
William Wallace was indeed hung, drawn and quartered, and Mary Queen of Scots was beheaded, but they were betrayed by others, not Sawney. The "Stone of Destiny" was removed from Scotland by other villains, but that's another story.
|Robert De Brus, known as Robert The Bruce, became Robert the First of Scotland. He was the hero King who led the Scots to independence from English rule in the early 14th century. But where was he born?|
Turnberry, Scotland. Robert was born in Turnberry, Scotland in 1266 although some give his birthplace as Cardross, Scotland. His father also Robert De Brus was born in Writtle, Essex; they were of Norman descent. Bannockburn was the scene of his most famous victory against Edward the second of England in 1314.
|One for the food buffs.The most popular Indian Restaurant meal is chicken tikka masala,its very tasty,but what's the Scottish connection?|
It was invented in a Glasgow restaurant. The meal was invented in a glasgow restaurant when one diner asked for a sauce for his chicken tikka as it was too dry.The Indian chef made a sauce from tomato ketchup and spices.A meal was born!If you fell for any of the other answers,shame on you!
|Scotch bonnet pepper hot as Hell.But why Scotch|
Its named as it looks like a Tam O Shanter.
|Who or what is Auld Reekie|
A fond nickname for the city of Edinburgh. 'Auld Reekie'or Old Smoky is indeed an affectionate name for the city of Edinburgh so called from the days when coal and wood were burned as the main source of heating resulting in a very smoky and foggy atmosphere.
|Bob Marley,Rod Stewart,Bryan Adams,Bono.Superstars of Rock.Which two have a Scottish parent.|
Rod Stewart and Bob Marley,you better believe it.
|Ill end with a song' Loch Lomond',perhaps the most famous Scottish song of all time.But what's the song about?|
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