13 surprising Scottish innovations - from toasters to raincoats
Did you have toast for breakfast or cycle to work this morning? If so, you have Scottish inventors to thank.
Most people know that Scottish inventors developed the steam engine, the television and the telephone, but in honour of St Andrew’s Day here are 13 other everyday items we’re betting you didn’t know came from Scotland.
5. Colour Photography
Edinburgh native James Clerk Maxwell was the brains behind the first coloured photograph in history, which he presented to the world in 1861. Even if it was created with red, blue and green filters on black and white film.
While it has been disputed, Dumfries blacksmith Kirkpatrick MacMillan is generally credited with developing the modern bicycle in the mid-1800s. He improved on an initial design by German inventor Karl Drais by adding pedals.
If youve ever forgotten your PIN at a supermarket then youve got one man (from Paisley) to blame. James Goodfellow patented Personal Identification Number technology in 1966 and was also involved in the invention of the ATM.
While it looked nothing like the pop-up toaster you have in your kitchen today, the first electric bread toaster was invented in 1893 by Edinburgh scientist Alan MacMasters. Undoubtedly the best thing before sliced bread.