200 Voices

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Mary, Queen of Scots – the controversial monarch


One of the most famous Monarchs in history, Mary, Queen of Scots, like in her rein in the 16th century, remains an important , albeit controversial, figure today.

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The cargo ship 'Kaitoa', weighing 2583 gross tonnes, is launched from Henry Robb Shipyard in Leith in 1956

Greatest Voices in Scotland’s Shipbuilding Past


Shipbuilding has been a huge part of Scottish industrial history for over a century. At the height of its powers, the industry on the Clyde employed 100,000 staff at more than 40 yards. But none of this would have been possible without the remarkable men who built up their businesses and brought about great innovations in ship design. Across the country, thousands of shipbuilders helped to shape Scotland, and, in some places, their legacy can still be seen today.

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RANGERS CELEBRATE.EUROPEAN CUP WINNERS CUP FINAL IN BARCELONA IN 1972.

Greatest voices in Rangers history


There have been countless great voices to enter through the famous doors at Ibrox.

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Joan Eardley painting in 1961

Joan Eardley: The painter’s painter


While her name may not be first on the list of prominent Scottish painters, Joan Eardley carved out a niche for herself in 20th Century Scottish art.

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8 of the best Scottish food and drink quotes


Food and drink has always played a major part in the lives of Scots, from enjoying a dram or two of whisky to tucking into haggis in celebration of our patron saint.

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Tessa Ransford at Scottish Poetry Library.

Five famous Edinburgh voices of the last 30 years


These five distinguished individuals have all provided a distinctive Edinburgh voice across the world in the last 30 years. Read more

A Dream come true - Jim Jefferies kisses the Scottish Cup after his side had overcome Rangers 2-1 at Celtic Park.

Greatest voices in Hearts’ history


OVER the course of Heart of Midlothian Football Club’s long and distinguished history, there have been countless great voices.

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Alexander Graham Bell

Alexander Graham Bell: 8 words that changed the world


It was a few words that changed the world: “Watson, come here, I want to see you. Read more

Peter Pan author JM Barrie

JM Barrie: Captain Hook was an afterthought


WHEN Peter Pan was first created in the mind of author JM Barrie in the 1800s, he did not have his nemisis Captain Hook in his thoughts – but bizarrely theatre stagehands then changed history.
It has been discovered in the Scot’s notes that he originally saw no need for a villain in his story.

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Professor Sir Tom Devine

Sir Tom Devine: The historian telling Scotland’s story


He is the country’s preeminent historian, whose presentation of Scottish history captured the public’s imagination through several bestselling books. Read more

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Campbell McLaren: The Scottish co-creator of the UFC


Think of Mixed Martial Arts, or more specifically the main organisation of the sport, the UFC, and plenty of names spring to mind.

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John Muir: The Scot who fathered America’s national parks


John Muir helped federalise America’s national parks on a camping trip with President Roosevelt and yet he was relatively unknown in his native Scotland until the 1970’s.

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Hastings brothers: Destiny with Scottish greatness


There’s an old tale which states the career of Gavin Hastings, and by extension his younger brother Scott, two talismanic figures for Scottish rugby through most of the 80s and into the mid-90s, might not have happened were it not for a freak accident involving a car, the school rugby coach and young Gavin’s leg.

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Jock Stein: the man who transformed Scottish club football


He has been hailed as one of the greatest football managers ever produced by the British game as well as the creator of modern-day Celtic who turned an ailing club into the kings of Europe during his reign at Parkhead.

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Great Scottish quotes on life


French Enlightenment writer, philosopher and historian Voltaire (1694 – 1778) once wrote: “We look to Scotland for all our ideas of civilisation” and he is far from the only man (or woman) to have celebrated Scots wisdom.

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Great Scottish quotes on philosophy


Scotland may be small in size, but it has been home to some of the world’s greatest minds – people who have helped influence global culture.

Here we celebrate seven great Scottish quotes on philosophy:

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Founder of Made Brave Andy Dobbie

What it’s like founding a start-up in Scotland


When Andrew Dobbie quit his job in 2012, he had a two-week old baby and £1000 in the bank. Since then, his brand-led digital marketing agency Made Brave has grown to accommodate 30 staff offering a full service agency working for clients in Scotland and beyond.

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Charles Rennie Mackintosh

How Charles Rennie Mackintosh shaped Glasgow


The design influences of Charles Rennie Mackintosh have sunk tendrils deep into Glasgow’s cultural identity over the course of 100 years.
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Bill Shankly with, front from left, Tommy Smith, Emlyn Hughes and Ian Callaghan in 1974. Picture: Getty

Bill Shankly: from Glenbuck to glory with Liverpool


An audio recording of Bill Shankly’s appearance on This Is Your Life was recently unearthed by his grandson, who sustains the great man’s legend with a hotel and museum honouring a Scottish football revolutionary.

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Loch Ness researcher Adrian Shine. Picture: Jane Barlow

Adrian Shine on making sense of the Loch Ness monster legend


The Loch Ness Monster is one of the most mysterious creatures in current Scottish folklore. More than 200,000 tourists from across the globe visit the loch each year, in the hopes of catching a glimpse of this fabled water-beast. However, scientists disregard sightings of the monster as the product of hoaxes or psychological phenomena.

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Alex Salmond

Alex Salmond: The SNP’s election winner


When Alex Salmond returned as leader of the SNP in September 2004 he made a bold prediction.

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Iain R. Spink: Guardian of the Arbroath Smokie


The recent growth in interest in local produce, Scottish ingredients and traditional recipes has seen many Scots come to the fore who are passionate about our national food and drink offering.

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Ten of the best quotes from Scottish comedians


The Scottish sense of humour is renowned for being one of the most unique anywhere in the world.
In fact, Scotland has produced some of the world’s finest comic performers. Read more

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Ena Baxter: a pioneer of Scotland’s food industry


Ena Baxter, née Robertson, was a cook, painter and businesswoman, who became one of the UK’s wealthiest women in the 1990s.

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Billy Connolly: the one man comedy “revolution”


He was the original Glasgow patter merchant who shook up the comedy establishment with a brand of Scottish humour that allowed us to laugh at ourselves – and laugh like never before.

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Sir William St Clair: the founder of Rosslyn Chapel


Sir William St Clair, a Scottish nobleman born in 1410, is best known for founding Rosslyn Chapel in Midlothian.

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Richard Paterson: a true icon of the Scotch whisky industry


To reach fifty years in any industry is an achievement but to do so as one of its most recognisable faces is even more impressive.

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Grand Central hotel in Glasgow were the first transmission was made

John Logie Baird’s grandson on the invention of the TV


Without John Logie Baird kickstarting the home TV revolution, we would never have borne witness to the JFK assassination in Dallas, Nelson Mandela’s release from prison, the World Trade Centre attack, America electing a black President or the Tiananmen Square protest.

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Sean Connery made the James Bond role his own

Sean Connery: the original James Bond


FOR an entire generation, Sean Connery is James Bond.

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Five little known facts about Robert Burns


The life and works of Robert Burns are celebrated right around the world, and none more-so than January 25: Burns Night. Read more