200 Voices

The Moffat airman who led victory at the Battle of Britain

Every year, the town of Moffat falls still as a fly past scores the sky  in memory of the man who led victory at the Battle of Britain.

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Victoria Drummond – Britain’s first female marine engineer

Victoria Drummond was the first female marine engineer in the UK and the first British woman to serve as chief engineer with the Merchant Navy. As a result of her courage under fire at sea during World War II, she was awarded a MBE in 1941 and was the first woman to receive the Lloyd’s War Medal for Bravery at Sea.

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The Larbert man who found the source of the Blue Nile

James Bruce, who stood at 6ft 4ins tall with a heavy thatch of dark red hair and a booming voice, belonged to a new breed of 18th Century Scots explorers and is credited with solving one of the most difficult riddles to face adventurers of the era – the source of the Blue Nile.

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Glasgow SME start-up Swipii sets sail for Europe

Since the dawn of e-commerce on the internet, high-street retailers have been struggling to offer up tangible alternatives to the efficiency and ubiquity of online shopping. Read more

Tony Reeman-Clark

Tony Reeman-Clark: Raising the spirit of success with Scotland’s craft distilling scene

It’s funny how enjoying a single malt can lead you down a path that will inevitably change your life forever but for Tony Reeman-Clark, it was that dram that set him on the path to not only opening his own distillery but eventually to making his own whisky.

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Gareth Williams: Taking Skyscanner to new heights

Following last year’s takeover of the flight search engine that he co-founded, Skyscanner chief executive Gareth Williams is on a mission to create the world’s largest online travel brand. Read more

Catherine Helen Spence. Picture: State Library of South Australia

Catherine Helen Spence: The ‘Grand Old Woman of Australia’

From women’s activist to journalist, Catherine Helen Spence wore many hats during her lifetime.

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The “Red Duchess” – Scotland’s first female MP

She was the Perthshire aristocrat who became Scotland’s first female MP and shook up parliament with her high principles and disregard for old school tribal politics.

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Hugh MacDiarmid: the poet and thinker who divided opinion

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.

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Alasdair Gray

Alasdair Gray: a unique view of Scotland

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.

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David Dunbar Buick: Scots engineer who lost everything on automotive gamble

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

Maureen Robinson

The women who shaped Scotch whisky: Maureen Robinson, master blender for Diageo

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.

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Five things you should know about Scottish sprinter Allan Wells

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.

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Sanjeev Kohli: Still game for Scottish TV

Known for his role as Navid in popular comedy Still Game, Sanjeev Kohli wasn’t always destined for the screen.

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Sanjeev Kohli’s funniest moments

Best known for his portrayal of Navid in Still Game, Sanjeev Kohli is as funny off screen as his is playing his famous Glaswegian corner shop owner.

Here are a few of his funniest moments.

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Astronomer Williamina Fleming: a life written in stars

As she left Dundee in search of a new life, Williamina Fleming would not have known  her future was written in the stars.

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Petra Wetzel: Brewing German beer in Scotland

‘Glaswegian heart, German head’ is the ethos behind West, the brewer launched in 2006 by managing director Petra Wetzel. Read more

Kirsty Black: distilling success with Arbikie gin

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.

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Kevin Bridges: top six jokes about Scotland

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

Jimmy McLaughlin: Creating a fictitious matriarch befitting of QMU history

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

The Venerable Margaret Sinclair, who was born and brought up in Edinburgh. Picture: TSPL

Margaret Sinclair: From factory floor to miracle worker

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.

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James Braid: creator of Scotland’s best golf courses


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.

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Flora MacNeil: The queen of Gaelic music

SHE WAS the voice of generations who helped to popularise and revitalise Gaelic music while rescuing scores of traditional folk songs from being altogether lost and forgotten.

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6 things you should know about legendary athlete Eric Liddell

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.

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Professor Harald Haas: Edinburgh’s ‘father of LiFi’

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.

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Mark Millar’s journey from Glasgow to Gotham

Mark Millar could never have imagined comics would have him rubbing shoulders with Hollywood A-listers, but if his life work has taught us anything it’s not all heroes wear capes. Read more

John Muir Day – 5 inspiring quotes from legendary Scots naturalist

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.

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Graeme Obree smashed records on homemade cycles

Graeme Obree should need no introduction, but alas, he shares his name with an iconic Scottish locomotive. Read more

The unsolved mystery of Gilmerton Cove

The intriguing subterranean dwelling of Gilmerton Cove has been shrouded in mystery since a 1906 Scotsman article poked holes in its origin story. Read more

How Denis Law overcame childhood affliction to become a hero

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.

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