From women’s activist to journalist, Catherine Helen Spence wore many hats during her lifetime.
Born in the Borders in 1892, MacDiarmid’s legacy is still felt in Scotland’s literature and politics, though his personal views see him often viewed with unease and even disdain.
Best known for his novel Lanark, which lead him to be described as “the greatest Scottish writer since Sir Walter Scott” by Anthony Burgess, Alasdair Gray is one of Scotland’s most unique voices in art and literature, both of which have won him critical acclaim.
The iconic luxury of Buick motors have the distinction of being the oldest American brand of automobiles, but Scotland has the honour of being home to its founder. Read more
As part of our women who shaped Scotch whisky series, we spoke to Maureen Robinson, who is master blender for Diageo, and recently celebrated 40 years in the industry.
The sprinter, born in Edinburgh, became a household name in 1980 when he won gold in the 100 metres at the Moscow Olympics in 1980. Here are five facts you may, or may not, know about the legendary athlete.
As she left Dundee in search of a new life, Williamina Fleming would not have known her future was written in the stars.
Scotland’s gin industry is growing at an exponential rate and its success can be laid at the feet of not just the wonderful brands that are setting the global spirit scene alight, but also the hard work and enthusiasm of the people behind them.
Born in November 1986 in Clydebank Scotland, to parents Andy and Patricia Bridges, Kevin’s route to fame and fortune started when he was offered a stand up slot at The Stand Comedy Club in Glasgow, aged 17. Now a household name who tours the world, we take a look at Kevin’s five most memorable jokes about his homeland… Read more
In the many years Jimmy McLaughlin served pints and peanuts at Glasgow University’s Queen Margaret Union, he served up a side of ridiculous fiction that became legend on campus. Read more
A dilapidated tenement flat in Edinburgh’s Old Town may not seem like the birthplace of a modern day saint – but miracles do happen.
Campaigners have long called for Margaret Sinclair, a humble factory worker turned nun, to be recognised as a saint.
HE won the British Open golf championship an astonishing five times, but is more famous for being one of Scotland’s best golf course creators.
Eric Liddell lived a very interesting life, and not just on the athletics track. Here is everything you need to know about his incredible story.
Credited with coining the term “LiFi” – the use of light to transmit data – Professor Harald Haas has received global recognition for his work on the technology.
Legendary naturalist John Muir’s incredible legacy is celebrated on this day every year to mark his status as a key figure in Scotland and abroad.
Denis Law is, and forever will be, a Scottish football legend. In addition to being the country’s joint-leading goalscorer in international matches, Law netted over 300 times across his distinguished club career. His honours included two English titles, one FA Cup and the 1968 European Cup (though an injured Law didn’t play in the final). He was the 1964 winner of the Ballon d’Or, which was then a recognition of the best player in Europe. Imagine, if you can, how good he would have been had he been able to see properly.
Not just a Scottish rugby legend, Bill McLaren is widely regarded as one of the greatest sports broadcasters of all time.
She had known Bonnie Prince Charlie for only 10 days and spent time in his company for just a small portion of that.
They say the keys to creating a successful business are hard work, a strong idea and great timing, so when Dougal Sharp decided to launch Innis & Gunn he felt he was ready as the first two were already in place.
Already an industry veteran and used to the long hours of the brewing trade – Sharp has been in the industry for 30 years having started working alongside his father at Caledonian Brewery in his teens where he learned “brewing from the ground up” – the hard working ethic came naturally.
Sir Compton Mackenzie is today best remembered for writing two comic novels set in Scotland – The Monarch of the Glen, which inspired the BBC drama series of the same name, and the much-loved Whisky Galore, which has twice been adapted for cinema. Read more
Soon to celebrate his 70th birthday, The Laurieston bar owner John Clancy runs one of the most iconic watering holes in Glasgow. Read more