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.
It was a few words that changed the world: “Watson, come here, I want to see you. Read more
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.
He is the country’s preeminent historian, whose presentation of Scottish history captured the public’s imagination through several bestselling books. Read more
Think of Mixed Martial Arts, or more specifically the main organisation of the sport, the UFC, and plenty of names spring to mind.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sir William St Clair, a Scottish nobleman born in 1410, is best known for founding Rosslyn Chapel in Midlothian.
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.
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.