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
Despite being a sport “played by hooligans”, as the old saying goes, rugby stars throughout the years have shown themselves to be more than capable of coming up with a witty observation or two. Besides, as the old saying continues, the game is “watched by gentlemen”, who’ve also chipped in with some memorable quotes from time to time. One commentator, in particular, was famous for the way he would turn a phrase.
In the shadow of Arthur’s Seat, bestselling author Peter Irvine contemplates the difficult choices he’s endured on the road to producing another Scotland The Best guide. Read more
DUNLOP is famously known as the man behind the pneumatic tyre, with the name being synonymous with tyres more than a century on.
Adventurer, Journalist, TV personality… Guy Grieve is a man with many hats, but it’s at the helm of the Ethical Shellfish Company that the scallop diver has found his true calling and created the lasting impression of a man who loves Scotland’s wilderness, its people and of course, its wonderful seafood.
In Scotland’s complex list system, when a regional MSP dies, their seat is taken by the next ranked member on their party’s list.
BORN the second of seven children to a working class Dundonian family in 1848, Mary Slessor was expected to graft hard and die young in one of the city’s many jute mills. Instead, she chose to venture to Africa where she worked tirelessly to save the lives of countless numbers of children. Often described unfairly as the female David Livingstone, she was much more than just another Christian missionary.
A picture paints a thousand words. And in the 200 years that the Scotsman has been published, some truly iconic photographs have graced our pages.
We spoke to Scotsman photographer John Devlin about the pictures he has taken over the years that, for a variety of reasons, are among his favourites.
‘Heather the Weather’ spent 15 years greeting the nation with her trademark “Hello there” as Reporting Scotland’s effervescent meteorologist.
Compared to the true grit of pilots who flew during the Battle of Britain, accounts of Robert Watson-Watt barely appear as a blip on the radar in the history of aerial warfare. Read more
The recent upsurge in women taking prominent roles in the Scotch whisky industry may seem like a new thing, but without the pioneering work of women like Elizabeth “Bessie” Williamson, the industry may not have become as successful as it is now, especially on a small corner of Islay.
Footballers and managers often go out of their way to say nothing of interest at all when speaking to the media. Thankfully, every now and then they come out with some tremendous quotes, which can often live on with their legacies. Here is just a small collection of the best ones from throughout the years.
Notable figures from the past can often find themselves airbrushed from history, as their achievements and successes fade and disappear from the collective conscious of the wider public. Sometimes there is rationale, often it’s a complete mystery. For there’s little reason to explain why Edna Neillis remains absent from the Scottish football hall of fame, particularly when you consider her friend and fellow pioneer Rose Reilly has already been granted induction.