200 Voices

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 eight 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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15 of the best quotes from the ‘Voice of Rugby’ Bill McLaren

Not just a Scottish rugby legend, Bill McLaren is widely regarded as one of the greatest sports broadcasters of all time.

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Flora MacDonald – Highland rebel and Jacobite heroine

She had known Bonnie Prince Charlie for only 10 days and spent time in his company for just a small portion of that.

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Dougal Sharp Innis & Gunn

Dougal Sharp: Innis & Gunn’s founder and master brewer

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.

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Compton Mackenzie: SNP co-founder and Whisky Galore author

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

Sir Hugh Munro: Scotland’s mountain hero

THE famous Scot is known for drawing up the list of Scotland’s mountains in 1891.

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The Laurieston owner John Clancy still takes no nonsense

Soon to celebrate his 70th birthday, The Laurieston bar owner John Clancy runs one of the most iconic watering holes in Glasgow. Read more

11 of the best quotes from Scottish Rugby history

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.

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Jennie Lee: Founder of the Open University

JENNIE Lee was one of the earliest female MPs and a pioneering socialist who believed in access to higher education for all, regardless of social status.

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Scottish Clan Voices: Macdonald

Its members may be found in  tents and campervans at a west coast gathering or seated at a formal lunch to mark the anniversary of the Battle of Culloden.

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Bestselling author Peter Irvine

Scotland The Best author Peter Irvine’s favourite places

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

John Boyd Dunlop: The vet who made his name in tyres

DUNLOP is famously known as the man behind the pneumatic tyre, with the name being synonymous with tyres more than a century on.

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Guy Grieve on scallop diving, Scotland’s stunning seafood and the importance of sustainability

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.

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Marie Macklin: Non-executive director of the year

Kilmarnock-born Marie Macklin has just been named Scotland’s non-executive director of the year. Read more

Margo MacDonald (1943 – 2014) – Pioneering Politician

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.

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Thomas Blake Glover: The founder of modern Japan

THOMAS Blake Glover was among the first westerners to establish a business in Japan, and played a pivotal role in awakening what is today one of the world’s leading economies. Read more


Ten things you didn’t know about JK Rowling

When talking about JK Rowling in the context of great Scots of the modern age, we should perhaps first dispense with the elephant in the room.

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