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Alexander Hall, Aberdeen, 1931. Tugboat, lying Bristol.

Cheviot Sheep

Taking their name from their breeding grounds in the hills in the Scottish borders and the north of Northumberland. They have also become common in other areas of the British Isles.

Clydesdale Horse

This is Scotland’s draught horse, and is named after the Clydesdale area from which it came.

Co Leis Thu?

Based at Seallam Visitor Centre, Northton, Isle of Harris, it is the brainchild of Bill and Chris Lawson who are internationally recognised as authorities on genealogy of families from the Western Isles of Scotland.


Robertson’s, Dunoon, 1908. Clyde 30 racing yacht. Lying Gosport. Private ownership.

Cutty Sark

Clipper Ship, built by Scott & Linton, Dumbarton, and completed and launched by William Denny & Brothers in 1869. In 1885 broke record for Australia to the UK via Cape Horn with a time of 72 days. Lying Greenwich.

Dandy Dinmont (Terrier)

A small Scottish terrier, the breed having been defined in the 18th century. Named after a character in Sir Walter Scott’s novel Guy Mannering, with Dandy Dinmont thought to be based on James Davidson who is credited with the foundation of the modern breed.

Delta Queen and Delta King

Both built and engined by William Denny & Brothers of Dumbarton in 1924. Stern-wheel steamboats that were prefabricated and shipped in pieces to Stockton, California, in 1926. They were destined for the sacramento river service between Sacramento and San Francisco. At the time they were the most lavishly appointed and expensive stern-wheelers ever commissioned. Due to a new highway between the two cities both were laid up, and later Delta Queen was put into service out of New Orleans. In 2011 she started cruising the Mississippi. The Delta King is permanently moored at Sacramento as a floating hotel. Delta Queen was listed on the US National Register of Historic Places in 1970, and Delta King received the same honour  in 1978.

East Neuk Boatbuilders.


Edinburgh New Town

Eriskay Pony

Of ancient origins, its appearance is very similar to those depicted on early Pictish stone carvings. The breed originated in the Scottish Hebrides.


JG Forbes, Sandhaven, 1931. Drifter, Based Penzance. Oldest wooden fishing boat in commercial use.

Flame Shells (Limaria hians)

On 27th December 2012, it was announced by Marine Scotland  that a major flame shell reef has been discovered in Loch Alsh, a sea loch in mainland Scotland opposite the south end of Skye. It is estimated that up to 100 million of these beautiful bivalve molluscs make up the reef, which covers an area of approximately 185 acres of sea bed. It has been suggested that this could be of global significance as it may be the largest of its kind in the world.

Forbes of Sandhaven (Traditional Boatbuilders)


G L Watson (First Naval Architect in the World)

In 1873 Glasgow born George Lennox Watson established the first boat design office in the world in his home city. They have since designed many fine vessels for the elite of the world including the British and German royal families. They have also provided the RNLI with advanced lifeboat designs. In 1886 Watson introduced to the world the new concept of one design class boats which has played a major role in the development of yacht racing.

Gaff Ketch Nell

Designed by G L Watson and built in 1887 by Thomas Orr Jnr. Lying Honfleur, N. France.

Galloway Cattle

One of the world’s longest established cattle breeds named after the Galloway region of Scotland.

Galloway Cattle

Originating in the Galloway region of Scotland, it is one of the world’s longest established breeds of beef catle.

Galloway Pony

The now extinct Galloway was native to, and named after that area of Scotland, although its range extended into the north of England. It died out through crossbreeding because its progeny were such useful animals. Its influence may be seen today in the Highland pony, the Newfoundland pony and the English Fell pony.


Anderson Rodger & Co, Port Glasgow, 1896. Barque, cargo vessel. Lying Yorkhill Quay, Glasgow. Museum.

Golden Retriever

A sole yellow puppy from a litter of black wavy coated retrievers was mated with a Tweed Water-Spaniel from Ladykirk in 1868. This took place on Guisachan Estate at Tomich in Strathglass to the west of Loch Ness, and Lord Tweedmouth is then said to have methodically line-bred down from that mating.

Grice Pigs

The Grice, or Shetland pig, became extinct towards the end of the nineteenth century. It was a primitive species that caused a great deal of trouble by goring other livestock, and as soon as other more docile and plumper breeds became available it was allowed to die out.

Grimsay Boatshed (Traditional Wooden Boatbuilder)

Ronald J MacLean, Sepherd’s Point, Kallin, Grimsay, N Uist, Western Isles, Scotland.

Hebridean Sheep

Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)

HLF provides support for heritage projects.

Scottish Achievement, Influence & Heritage is a work in progress