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Suggest "the greatest Scot".

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TinfoilHattie Mon 13-Mar-17 15:18:13

DD who is 11 has a homework project to give a talk on the "Greatest Scot". She has to choose who she wants to talk about. She says she doesn't want to do someone that everyone is doing - so no Andy Murray, Mary Queen of Socts, William Wallace etc etc etc. She wants to talk about a woman and wants to do something different from everyone else and also has to justify why the person she has chosen is so remarkable or special.

Only person I can think of is Jane Haining. Any other suggestions?

TinfoilHattie Mon 13-Mar-17 15:21:04

And don't anyone DARE suggest Nicola Sturgeon!!

weebarra Mon 13-Mar-17 15:24:11

Elsie Inglis
Mary Slessor

StripeyDress Mon 13-Mar-17 15:26:06

Sir Alexander Fleming- discovered penicillin

Heatherbell1978 Mon 13-Mar-17 15:27:30

I don't know the background but is there a woman behind Maggies Cancer Centres?

TinfoilHattie Mon 13-Mar-17 15:29:44

Her brother did Fleming at the same stage so I doubt she'll want to do him - and he's a man!!

Elsie Inglis a good shout - I was born in the Elsie Inglis hospital in the early 70s ;-)

weebarra Mon 13-Mar-17 15:29:51

Maggie Keswick Jencks

MrsJayy Mon 13-Mar-17 15:30:10

I was away to say Elsie ingils to .

PlectrumElectrum Mon 13-Mar-17 15:48:21

Mary Barbour - led the Glasgow rent strike in 1915 which eventually led to the Rents & Mortgage Interest Restriction Act 1915.

aaahhhBump Mon 13-Mar-17 15:50:01

Second for Mary Barbour

MrsJayy Mon 13-Mar-17 15:55:46

Oh Elaine C Smith did a programme about Mary Barbour was really interesting

SurelyYoureJokingMrFeynman Mon 13-Mar-17 16:03:43

Christian Isobel Johnstone was the editor of a major literary magazine (competition for Blackwood ) for many years from the 1830s.

I'm reading a book partially about Mary Slessor right now, as some of my family worked with her in Old Calabar.

SurelyYoureJokingMrFeynman Mon 13-Mar-17 16:36:11

But another vote for Mary Barbour or Elsie Inglis, if no one else is talking about them.

NerrSnerr Mon 13-Mar-17 16:42:50

Stephen Hendry

AndNoneForGretchenWieners Mon 13-Mar-17 16:44:11

James Watt, who was responsible for much of the Industrial Revolution.

NerrSnerr Mon 13-Mar-17 16:45:19

Oh a woman. Liz McColgan then.

AndNoneForGretchenWieners Mon 13-Mar-17 16:46:59

Ah sorry missed that she wanted to talk about a woman. Fanny Wright is one that springs to mind, she was one of the main influences in the abolition of slavery.

AndNoneForGretchenWieners Mon 13-Mar-17 16:52:56

Or the Edinburgh Seven - the first women to be admitted to a British university

ShatnersBassoon Mon 13-Mar-17 16:57:32

I was going to suggest Liz McColgan too. She was a fantastic athlete with a great legacy.

weebarra Mon 13-Mar-17 17:17:40

Think most of the Edinburgh Seven weren't actually Scottish?

SaorAlbaGuBrath Mon 13-Mar-17 17:36:39

www.scotsman.com/200voices/edinburgh-seven-first-female-students/

Misplacedcell Mon 13-Mar-17 18:12:18

James Clerk Maxwell - not much in the classroom would work without his contribution to science. Anything electrical has him to thank (including classroom computers, whiteboards and lighting). And DD might stand out for making such a thoughtful choice. Unquestionably in the field of science he is up there with Newton and Einstein.

PlectrumElectrum Mon 13-Mar-17 18:16:52

Ahem, she wants to talk about a woman.

TinfoilHattie Mon 13-Mar-17 19:04:47

Thanks all for suggestions, I've sent her off to read up on Elsie Inglis and Jane Haining and decide from there.

UpAwfYerSeatWeeNippy Tue 28-Mar-17 18:23:58

Tony Blair- oops no hang on
Donald Trump- oops again
Nicola Stu- Jesus I'm not even going to go there

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