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A Most Amazing Scotsman

Discussion in 'The Lounge - Off Topic' started by Rover977, Nov 23, 2007.

  1. Rover977

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    Of all the famous Scotsmen down the centuries, who amongst them all is THE most famous ?

    Clue 1 : it isn't me

    Clue 2 : he is depicted in my avatar
     
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  2. Cockles

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    Rab C. Nesbitt!!!!

    Do I win a prize
     
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    Gordon Brown?

    :)
     
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  4. Rover977

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    Well he's certainly one of the more well known ones, string vest and all, though not of historical importance, and I don't believe he would have been the most effective in a battlefield situation! :duel
     
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  5. simongrahamuk
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    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

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    Mel Gibson! :biggrin
     
  6. Arroryn
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    The *obvious* answer is William Wallace, isn't it?

    So I'll say Robert the Bruce :p on the fields of Bannockburn...
     
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    Teàrlach Eideard Stiùbhairt aka Charles Edward Stuart aka Bonnie Prince Charlie ...
     
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    I'd say William Wallace from the pic, but I would have to say the most famous scotsman has to be Robert 'rabbie' burns
     
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  9. nugget
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    Jock, he's the most famous Scotsman I know.:biggrin
     
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    William wallace was 2ft 6 and wasn't a bit like the film Braveheart made him out to be (the 2ft 6 is a bit of exageration):D

    My guess is Robert Carlyle or Robert the Bruce.
     
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    Johnnie Walker ??
     
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  12. Rover977

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    Gordon is certainly a contender, though he has some way yet to go to prove his credentials. It could also be said that he is now an hononary Englishman (like Alan Hansen).
     
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  13. Rover977

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    Not correct, but getting closer. Mel certainly qualifies as an honourary Scotsman.
     
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  14. Rover977

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    Congrats Arroryn ! This is indeed the field of Bannockburn, on the first day of battle on the 23rd June 1314, when Robert Bruce famously slew, with a single axe blow, the charging English knight Henry de Bohun. This greatly boosted the morale of the Scottish troops who went to defeat the three times larger English army on the second day.

    Bruce deserves his reputation as the greatest Scot of all time owing to his immense capabilities as a military strategist and leadership of Scotland to independence at a time of great hardship to its people under constant attack from the formidable King Edward I of England, renowned as the 'Hammer of the Scots'. Bruce's actions led subsequently to the Declaration of Independence at Arbroath in 1320.

    Charles Edward Stewart is also a important figure in the minds of many Scots, though unfortunately is associated with the tragic Battle of Culloden in 1746, which resulted in a great decimation of Scotland's highland population. Without doubt Robert Burns is also one of the greatest Scots.

    For those who are interested, a poem about Bruce's great victory at Bannockburn is here :-

    http://www.rossua.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/Bannockburn/Bannockburn.htm

    :king
     
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  15. Arroryn
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    Arroryn we're all dooooooomed

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    Thanks for the lil' quiz :)

    My Dad showed me Charles Stewart's hanging place during a LEJoG ride he assisted with earlier this year. He got me interested in history, including Scotland's fights for independence; though I am probably more knowledgeable (and passionate) about the Wars of the Roses.

    I have enjoyed Burns' writing though for quite some time.
     
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    I was gonna say "Scotty" from the original Star Treks, but then he wasnt scottish but canadian?
     
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  17. nugget
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    It wasn't Jock?:(
     
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  18. Arroryn
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    Arroryn we're all dooooooomed

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    No, Nugg. It wasn't Jock Poo-Pong McPlop :)
     
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    I'm on a bum roll tonight then.:(
     
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  20. Arroryn
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    Arroryn we're all dooooooomed

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    I think, the less said about that the better :)
     
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