Who is The Greatest Scottish Person?

Here is a list of the top 100 Scottish people.

If you disagree, feel free to make suggestions as a comment below.
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7 Comments:

Anonymous SuperFee said...

Hey,

Midge Ure was in Ultravox not U2.

April 29, 2010 at 2:13 PM  
Blogger DMA said...

No one on this earth or any other particular patch of ground loved David Niven more than I, but do you really think he deserves two spots on your lovely, numerically ordered list—numbers 71 and 82—especially if it means nudging out Scots, both grand and wee, of worth and consequence? I introduce this question not to curse your ranking, nor to draw attention to any particular rank found within the list itself, including the following:

15. Billy Connolly (1942 - ) – Comedian
16. Sean Connery (1930 - ) – Oscar winning Actor

Nor, to denigrate the inspiration for this popularity contest, though I did notice that one very popular, one immensely beloved Scot was omitted from the top 15: my mum. A woman who, as a little Edinburgh girl, walked the many miles (not unlike a certain Scottish heroine) home from school each day to start dinner for herself, for her family, and for one of her two Auntie Jeanies . . .

. . . And speaking of Jeanies, know that the 2 Jeanies were named for Scottish Literature’s finest female heroine, Jeanie Deans, from Sir Walter Scott’s masterwork, "The Heart of Midlothian"—only mum’s Jeanie was distinguished from her other Auntie Jeanie, by denomination. Mum’s Jeanie was "Wee Jeanie," while the other Jeanie, being not quite so wee, simply went by Auntie Jean.

And my mum, so wee she was, did all this while toiling away at her homework. A true Scot, indeed.

This lovely Scotswoman has, for the balance of her life, been as a wonderful daughter, mother (for myself and my sister too—YES. I confirmed that with her), a wonderful wife (so my Pa tells me), a generous grandmother to the 2 little ones (that is, 2 so far—I have yet to start my contribution) and one amazing friend to a population great enough to establish a small town with mail service, a public pool, a skate park (for the cool kids) and perhaps even a Marks & Spencer or TK Maxx.

She has always been well-loved. A beautiful, graceful, joyous, patriotic Scot.

FOR ALL THE MUM’S OF SCOTLAND, let’s subtract one of the two David Nivens, and add my mum, DAVID’S MUM, or, perhaps we call it:

SCOTLAND’S MUMS!


Do they deserve it? Do they deserve it as much as, say . . . Lulu, or Midge Ure of Ultravox?
I think they do.

Cordially,
DMA

November 26, 2010 at 10:16 AM  
Blogger DMA said...

No one on this earth or any other particular patch of ground loved David Niven more than I, but do you really think he deserves two spots on your lovely, numerically ordered list—numbers 71 and 82—especially if it means nudging out Scots, both grand and wee, of worth and consequence? I introduce this question not to curse your ranking, nor to draw attention to any particular rank found within the list itself, including the following:

15. Billy Connolly (1942 - ) – Comedian
16. Sean Connery (1930 - ) – Oscar winning Actor

Nor, to denigrate the inspiration for this popularity contest, though I did notice that one very popular, one immensely beloved Scot was omitted from the top 15: my mum. A woman who, as a little Edinburgh girl, walked the many miles (not unlike a certain Scottish heroine) home from school each day to start dinner for herself, for her family, and for one of her two Auntie Jeanies . . .

. . . And speaking of Jeanies, know that the 2 Jeanies were named for Scottish Literature’s finest female heroine, Jeanie Deans, from Sir Walter Scott’s masterwork, "The Heart of Midlothian"—only mum’s Jeanie was distinguished from her other Auntie Jeanie, by denomination. Mum’s Jeanie was "Wee Jeanie," while the other Jeanie, being not quite so wee, simply went by Auntie Jean.

And my mum, so wee she was, did all this while toiling away at her homework. A true Scot, indeed.

This lovely Scotswoman has, for the balance of her life, been as a wonderful daughter, mother (for myself and my sister too—YES. I confirmed that with her), a wonderful wife (so my Pa tells me), a generous grandmother to the 2 little ones (that is, 2 so far—I have yet to start my contribution) and one amazing friend to a population great enough to establish a small town with mail service, a public pool, a skate park (for the cool kids) and perhaps even a Marks & Spencer or TK Maxx.

She has always been well-loved. A beautiful, graceful, joyous, patriotic Scot.

FOR ALL THE MUM’S OF SCOTLAND, let’s subtract one of the two David Nivens, and add my mum, DAVID’S MUM, or, perhaps we call it:

SCOTLAND’S MUMS!


Do they deserve it? Do they deserve it as much as, say . . . Lulu, or Midge Ure of Ultravox?
I think they do.

Cordially,
DMA

November 26, 2010 at 10:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

jock stein WAS Scottish, wasn't he?....surprised that he didnt make it to the top 100. bit of an error there I think.

September 11, 2011 at 12:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

seriously no Jock Stein not a list of greatest ten Scots

April 21, 2013 at 2:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you have overlooked a very significant Scot in the person of John Muir who contributed so much to exploration of the country. He is the creator of National Park system in the US.

December 3, 2013 at 8:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm shocked Maxwell isn't higher up your list, he's easily among the greatest physicists in history and worthy of being mentioned in the same breath as Newton or Einstein. I can't believe he would rank below J.K. Rowling (great author, but really not one of the giants of history).

February 5, 2014 at 11:33 PM  

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