200 Voices


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's peculiar posture worked

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 eerie caverns of Gilmerton Cove

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

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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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Author Sir Compton Mackenzie in 1957

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, who published his tables in 1891, was robbed of his aim to be the first to scale all 238 peaks.

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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James Clancy runs The Laurieston Bar

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 with a copy of her book My Life with Nye in November 1981.

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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High Chief of Clan Donald, Lord Macdonald of Macdonald, is pictured centre with other Clan Donald chiefs (from left to right) The late 22nd Chief of Glengarry, The Chief of Sleat,  The                      Chief of Clanranald and The Earl of Antrim.  PIC:  Anthony MacMillan, Fort William.

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 Dunlop

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, Scotland's non-executive director of the year

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. April 19, 1943 - April 4, 2014. Picture: Ian Rutherford

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 is regarded as the father of modern Japan.

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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Early 20th Century lantern slide showing the life of missionary Mary Slessor . Queen of Calabar , Nigeria . Born in Aberdeen and lived and worked in jute mills of Dundee . MUST CREDIT
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Mary Slessor: The Dundee missionary who saved generations of children

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.

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John Devlin

Scottish photographic voices: John Devlin, Scotsman photographer

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.

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Heather Reid on Reporting Scotland

Heather Reid shares optimism over future of science education

‘Heather the Weather’ spent 15 years greeting the nation with her trademark “Hello there” as Reporting Scotland’s effervescent meteorologist.

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Minnie Watson with pupils at the Scottish Christian Mission.

The Dundonian who became the “queen” of Kenya

Dundee woman Minnie Watson was hailed the “queen” of Christian Kenya after travelling deep into East Africa during the late 19th century. Read more

Jessie Mann.

Jessie Mann: The first ever female photographer?

IT is strongly believed that Jessie Mann from Perth is the first woman photographer.

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Robert Watson-Watt

Robert Watson-Watt: Scotland’s top secret war hero

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 women who shaped Scotch whisky: Elizabeth “Bessie” Williamson

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.

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John Lambie looks ahead to the Christmas period as he temporarily takes charge of Partick Thistle

13 of the greatest Scottish football quotes

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.

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Edna Neillis: The forgotten pioneer of women’s football

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.

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