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Famous Scots


Scots and their descendants have been a major influence in world affairs for generations.

Below are but a few of the famous Scots we found.

famous scots

Can you guess their contributions? The answers are below.

Alexander Graham Bell

James Hutton

Colin Macfarquhar

John Paul Jones

John Dunlop

John Muir

Kirkpatrick Macmillan

John Napier

James Young

Allan Pinkerton

David Livingston

Sir William Ramsay

James Watt

Robert Louis Stevenson

Andrew Carnegie

Joseph Lister

Alexander Graham Bell
Born in Edinburgh, Scotland on March 3, 1847 invented the telephone. Give Scotland a call sometime.

Colin Macfarquhar
Conceived and founded the Encyclopedia Britannica in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1768.

John Dunlop
Developed the pneumatic tire.

Kirkpatrick Macmillan
Invented the bicycle, (but never patented it).

James Young
Developed the refining oil and created the first oil industry near Edinburgh.

David Livingston
Famous missionary in Africa..."Dr. Livingston I presume?"

James Watt
Inventor of the steam condensing engine and the electric unit of power, the Watt was named after James.

Andrew Carnegie
U.S. steel magnate and great philanthropist.

James Hutton
The father of modern Geology.

John Paul Jones
Established the U.S. Navy.

John Muir
Founder of the U.S. National Park system.

John Napier
Defined the concept of logarithms and invented the decimal point.

Allan Pinkerton
A legendry U.S. detective born in Scotland formed the first detective agency and was head of the U.S. Secret Service 1861 - 1862.

Sir William Ramsay
Chiefly responsible for the discovery of Helium, Argon, Neon, Krypton and Xenon.

Robert Louis Stevenson
Famous Scots author of Treasure Island and many other books.

Joseph Lister
Pioneered the use of antiseptics. (Listerine™ mouth wash might also ring a bell)

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