Special Sub-Topic: Some Notable Scots
|This sportsman has represented Scotland on numerous occasions in the Golf World Cup, the Dunhill Cup and he also captained the European Ryder Cup winning team in 2002. He is married to a TV personality. Who is he?|
Sam Torrance. Sam Torrance was born in the North Ayrshire town of Largs in 1953. As well as captaining the Europeans to triumph in the 2002 Ryder Cup, Sam also holed the winning putt in the 1985 Ryder Cup. Sam married Susanne Danielle in 1988.
|Born in Westerkirk near Langholm, this Scotsman was a stonemason, architect, civil engineer, road, bridge and canal builder. One of his greatest achievements was the construction of the Caledonian Canal. Who was this famous Scotsman?|
Thomas Telford. Thomas Telford, born in 1757, was one of the most outstanding civil engineers in the early late 18th and early 19th centuries. He was so highly regarded that the town of Telford in Shropshire, England, was named after him.
|After the Jacobite Rising in 1745, this Scotswoman disguised Charles Edward Stewart as her maid (Betty Burke) and led him to the safety of the Isle of Skye from Benbecula. From there, he made it back to France alive and well. Who was the woman that got "Bonnie Prince Charlie" to safety?|
Flora Macdonald. Flora Macdonald, born on South Uist in 1722, was imprisoned for a spell in the Tower of London for assisting "The Young Pretender". After her release, she married, and emigrated to North Carolina. Flora and her husband, Captain Alan Macdonald, were expelled from America after it was discovered that he was fighting on the Loyalist side during the American War of Independence.
|This Scotsman, a self made man, industrialist and philathropist gave millions for the furthering of education, not just in Scotland, but all over the world. Universities, libraries and trusts have all benefitted from his philanthropic initiatives. He spent a large part of his life in America, but he did own Skibo Castle for a spell. Can you name this Scotsman?|
Andrew Carnegie. Born in Dunfermline in 1835, Carnegie emigrated with his family to Pittsburgh in 1848. He made his fortune in railroads, iron and steel. He gave away over £70,000,000 to trusts, notably The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland. The Carnegie Hall in New York was named after him whilst he was alive. Unfortunately, there isn't enough space here to give a full picture of the man and his achievements.
|This Scottish actor, real name Anthony Robert McMillan, has appeared in James Bond movies, many TV comedy series, comedy movies and more recently in the Harry Potter movies. By what name is he better known?|
Robbie Coltrane. Anthony Robert McMillan (aka Robbie Coltrane) was born in Rutherglen in 1950. Robbie appeared in many TV comedy series such as "The Young Ones", "Blackadder", "A Kick up the Eighties" as well as the crime series "Cracker", in which he played a criminal psychologist. A prolific TV and movie actor, Coltrane went on to play "Rubeus Hagrid" in the Harry Potter movies.
|This writer and broadcaster was born in Edinburgh in 1919. After a career in television he concentrated on writing. His literary subject matter centred around true miscarriages of justice with books like "10 Rillington Place" and "Presumption of Innocence". He married the ballet dancer/actress Moira Shearer. Who is this Scotsman?|
Sir Ludovic Kennedy. Kennedy was once the host of "Panorama", a BBC current affairs programme. Apart from writing "10 Rillington Place" and "Presumption of Innocence" Kennedy also wrote "The Trial of Steven Ward", "The Airman and the Carpenter" and his book about Scotland's relationship with England "In Bed with an Elephant". Sir Ludovic made a few appearances on "Yes Prime Minister" as himself. His knighthood was awarded in 1994 for services to journalism.
|This Scot was the first European to see a spectacular sight in Africa. So amazed at this natural beauty, he named it after the ruling monarch at the time. The real name of this scenic spot was "Mosi-oa-Tunya" which means "The Smoke That Thunders". He wrote with passion against the evils of the slave trade and died whilst trying to find the source of a very large river. I presume you will have heard about his meeting with H M Stanley. Who was he? |
Dr David Livingstone. David Livingstone was born in Blantyre, Lanarkshire in 1813. A weaver, he became a medical missionary and explorer. He travelled the length of Lake Tanganyika and was the first European to see the Victoria Falls. He died in 1873.
|Born near Holytown, Lanarkshire, this Scotsman was dismissed from his job as a coal miner for campaigning for better working conditions. Also a journalist for a time, he was rejected as a Liberal Party parliamentary candidate. Disappointed, he set up his own political party and became one of the first two Labour MP's in 1892. Who was this feisty little Scotsman?|
James Keir Hardie. Born in 1856, Hardie was involved in setting up miners' working organisations and in 1888 founded the Scottish Labour Party. In parliament he represented West Ham in London in 1892 and later Merthyr Tydfil in Wales. Reading about James Keir Hardie's life was a very humbling experience for me. He was a true socialist and working class hero.
|This Scottish lady born in Helensburgh in 1921 but was often called "An English Rose". A trained ballet dancer, she changed career to acting and appeared in the wartime movie "The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp". Her appearance in "The Black Narcissus" was to lead to a distinquished Hollywood career and a famous kiss on the beach. Who is this woman?|
Deborah Kerr. Born Jane Kerr-Trimmer, Deborah Kerr had a long career in movies. Two of her most famous roles were in "From Here to Eternity" along side Burt Lancaster and "The King and I" where she shared the silver screen with Yul Brynner. Deborah Kerr died on 16th October 2007, aged 86.
|This Scotsman, born in Edinburgh, was a doctor and a novelist. A trip to the Arctic on a whaling boat was to lead to his writing "Captain of the Pole-Star".
Other stories like "An American Tale" and "The Stark Munro Letters" and his knowledge of the Baker Street area of London should have you hot on the trail of this Scot. Who is he?|
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Conan Doyle was born in 1859 and is best known for his 60 stories of Sherlock Holmes. Arthur Conan Doyle died on Monday, July 7, 1930, surrounded by his family. His last words before passing away were addressed to his wife. He whispered, "You are wonderful."
Did you find these entries particularly interesting, or do you have comments / corrections to make? Let the author know!
Send the author a thank you or
Submit a correction