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Jimmy Marshall

Ladies Scottish Climbing Club (LSCC)

It is the oldest all-women’s mountaineering club in existence, with continuous records going back to its foundation in 1908.

MACGREGOR, John “Rob Roy” (1825-1892) Introduced use of kayaks and canoes as a British sport.

A London based Scottish barrister who designed a wooden kayak which he called “Rob Roy”, after a famous forebear, and in 1866 took it on a thousand mile trip through the canals and lakes of Europe. Through his many popular books and magazine articles on the method of travel kayaking and canoeing were quickly taken up as a sport by the British public.


Born in 1969 in Dumfries, Scotland. Nine podium places at LeMans including three wins. Three wins of the American Le Mans Series, and two podiums in the FIA World Endurance Championship including winning it in 2013 to become world champion.

MCRAE, Colin MBE (1968-2007) World Rally Champion

Born Lanark, Scotland. Son of 5 times British Rally Champion Jimmy McRae.

Megan Boyd (1915-2001) World Renowned Fishing Fly Tier

Of Brora in Sutherland, Megan was considered by many to be the finest fly tier in the world.

Mountain Bothies Association

This is a Scottish registered charity which maintains about 100 shelters in some of the remoter parts of the UK.

MUNRO, Sir Hugh Thomas (1856-1919)

Co-founder and first president of the Scottish Mountaineering Club. He measured and categorised Scotland’s 284 peaks over 3,000 feet. Some recent re-measuring using advanced techniques has re-classified two peaks as slightly under Munro height, and consequently in 2013 there are now 282 Munros.

National Museums Scotland (Bowler’s Trophy and Winner’s Medals of Edinburgh Society of Bowlers)

The oldest bowling trophy in the world was presented to the Edinburgh Society of Bowlers in 1781 by William Tod an Edinburgh merchant.

PHILLIPS, Robbie (Climber)


RAEBURN, Harold (1865-1926)

Born in Edinburgh, he was one of Scotland’s finest climbers pioneering many new routes.

Robin Smith

Royal Caledonian Curling Club (RCCC)

Founded on 25 July 1838, it is the mother club of the sport of curling.

Royal Company of Archers (RCA)

Founded in 1676, they are based in an A listed building, The Archers Hall in Buccleuch  Street, Edinburgh. The are the Queens bodyguard in Scotland.

Royal Patronage

Royal patronage of horseracing commenced during the reign of King James VI & I. He built a royal palace at Newmarket and established the racecourse there. Members of the Royal Court, who had formed a passion for horseracing in Scotland, helped to establish Newmarket as the home of organised horseracing in Britain. The king himself was a very enthusiastic importer of Arabian stallions, with which British mares were bred to create the forefathers of today’s thoroughbreds. Royal patronage has continued from then to the present day.

Sandy Allan

In the summer of 2012, Sandy from Newtonmore, accompanied by Rick Allen from Aberdeen, both alpinists, successfully made the first ascent of Nanga Parbat via the Mazeno Ridge, the longest ridge on any 8,000m peak.” The ¬†ultimate endurance challenge” and one of the most coveted goals left in the Himalaya. This led to them being awarded the internationally recognised climbing award ” The Piolet D’or” ( “The Golden Ice Axe”).

Scottish Archery

A membership association of archery clubs within Scotland.

Scottish Association Challenge Cup. (Oldest national football trophy in the world)

After due diligence by the Guinness Book of World Records. It is also recognised as the oldest trophy in association football first played for in the 1873-1874 season and still in use today.

Scottish Coastal Rowing Association

Formed in May 2010 to encourage coastal rowing and racing around the Scottish Coastline and lochs, with communities being encouraged to build their own St Ayles skiffs. The design for these skiffs was commissioned by the Scottish Fisheries Museum at Anstruther and this ongoing project has become a huge success, with many new boats being built and raced.

Scottish Coastal Rowing Association.

The Association was formed in 2010 to encourage boat building, rowing and racing of coastal rowing boats around the Scottish coastline. The boats, called St Ayles skiffs, are to an Iain Oughtred design based on a traditional Scottish Fair Isle fishing boat. The design was commissioned by the Scottish Fisheries Museum at Anstruther, Fife, and named after the former chapel that now forms the entrance to the museum. The “skiffies” are 22ft long with a beam of 5ft 8″ and are rowed by a crew of four with a coxwain. They are available in kit form for communities to self-build. Since 2010 the original concept has taken off worldwide and St Ayles skiffs are now being built and rowed around the world.

Scottish Rowing

Scottish Rowing is the governing body for the Scottish Amateur Rowing Association.

SHANKLY, “Bill” William OBE (1913-1981)

Born in Glenbuck, Ayrshire. Famous for his management of Liverpool Football Club.

Sports Hall of Fame

Scottish Sports Hall of Fame is a collaboration between sportscotland and the National Museums of Scotland. The hall of fame allows us to look back at the great many champions Scotland has produced.

sportscotland bowls

The modern game of flat green bowls as played throughout the world is shaped by its development in Scotland. Its laws were framed by the Scottish Bowling Association and are generally accepted as the founding rules of the game.

STEIN, Jock CBE (1922-1985)

Born Burnbank, Lanarkshire. Scotland and Celtic manager. As the latter he became the first manager of a British side to win the European Cup in 1967.

Scottish Achievement, Influence & Heritage is a work in progress