200 Voices

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 Logie Baird’s grandson on the invention of the TV

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.

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Sir Ian Wood: “I hate the word boss”

There have been two eureka moments in the life of Sir Ian Wood, the oil tycoon and philanthropist, the first occurring on a flight back from Houston in 1972. Read more

Andy Scott: Kelpies sculptor inspired by his Glasgow youth

Glasgow sculptor Andy Scott is the man behind some of Scotland’s most impressive public art, or as he likes to put it: “I make big beasties”.

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Sir Tom Devine: The historian telling Scotland’s story

He is the country’s preeminent historian, whose presentation of Scottish history captured the public’s imagination through several bestselling books. Read more

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Iain R. Spink: Guardian of the Arbroath Smokie

The recent growth in interest in local produce, Scottish ingredients and traditional recipes has seen many Scots come to the fore who are passionate about our national food and drink offering.

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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

Alexander McCall Smith: My 5 favourite places in Scotland

Alexander McCall Smith was born in Southern Rhodesia in 1948 and first moved to Scotland to study at the University of Edinburgh. After spells living in Northern Ireland and Botswana, he settled in the capital in 1984. Read more

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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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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Jimmy Reid: The Clyde-built union leader

There was a moment in the life of trade unionist Jimmy Reid that may help sum up the man for others.

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Andrew Carnegie, the Scot who personified the American dream

How is it a lowly Scottish immigrant from Dunfermline arose from poverty to become one of the richest men to have ever lived? Read more

John Muir: The Scot who fathered America’s national parks

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.

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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

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

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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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