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Famous and Infamous Scots
Scots are famous the world over. This is a collection of those who are well known and those who have worked tirelessly without achieving the credit they should have. The list is in no particular order as just how can you define how famous someone is?
This is a very extensive list produced by Edinburgh University Geography Department. There used to be a long list of biographies at the Edinburgh District Council list of Famous Edinburghers (link now broken)> including, amongst many others, Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone, and the architects Robert Adam and William Henry Playfair. The story of the builder of Georgian Stirling between the years 1806 and 1829, Alexander Bowie>, has been researched via the Internet and through the genealogy newsgroups descendants have been contacted in New Zealand, Australia, Canada and Scotland.
The US Senate has approved 6th April to be National Tartan Day> in recognition of the monumental achievements and invaluable contributions made by Scottish Americans. This excellent web page gives details of the event, the Influence of Scotland on America> and brief biographies of Great American Scots.>
Major General Hector Macdonald> a crofter's son, rose from private to major-general and fought in the Afghan and Boer Wars. He saved the British Army from destruction at the Battle of Omdurman.
Sir James W Black> was the winner of the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1988.
Sir Henry Pottinger> was born in Ireland, but a descendant from the Orkney stock. He bacame the first governor of Hong Kong.
J K Gillon has a miscellany of articles about various historical people including:
Glasgow probably deserves a section all to its self. the industrial powerhouse of the world at one time, the following collection shows just what the city offered the world.Brief biographies of many of Glasgow's sons and daughters including:
The personal favourites
This site has a brief biography and a good sample of Chic's unique humour, which speaks volumes about the man himself.
An official site, there is a biography, concert schedule, photo gallery, press cuttings, awards and charity involvement and scholarships available to children with hearing loss, residing in the USA
It was Bill Shankly who said "Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I don't like that attitude. I can assure them it is much more serious than that". This Web site is dedicated to his life and times both as a player and as a manager. Shankly was also famous for other classic quotes and random samples are displayed on the home page - it is worth going back to see such gems as "The trouble with referees is that they know the rules but they don't know the game"
This site to the popular movie star contains his biography (born in Edinburgh in 1930), pictures, list of movies he has appeared in, multimedia clips (some extremely large) and links to other Sean Connery pages on the Net. Note that there is also a brief Sean Connery biography at the Cambridge Biographical Encyclopaedia.
An official Warner Brothers site, there is a detailed review of his latest CD's plus tour information (if any) and how to join the official fan club.
Robert Carlyle has appeared in films as diverse as Trainspotting, Priest, Riff-Raff, Go Now, Being Human, Carla's Song, Face and The Full Monty. More recent films have been Looking After Jo-Jo, Plunkett & Maclean, Ravenous and Poor Things. The site provides film reviews, links, photos, and an FAQ. There is a web site dedicated to one of his TV characters Hamish Macbeth> with information on joining the Hamish-L discussion list, who's who in Lochdubh and a guide to Plockton, the location for this popular TV series.