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Remember Influential Scots in a Commemorative Plaque

Mary Somerville

Mary Somerville Thomas Phillips [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Is there a Scot who you feel has made a significant difference to Scotland and its People and who deserves a commemorative plaque in their memory?

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) are seeking nominations now to be included in this national scheme which would see a brass plaque installed on a building connected with them which would give some information to people of the person’s achievements.

HES is the lead public body in Scotland for caring, protecting and promoting our heritage.

You can nominate anyone from any walk of life.

The nominee:

  • must have been dead for at least 20 years
  • must have been born more than 100 years ago
  • should be significantly associated with a surviving building

Martin Ross, Development Manager for Historic Environment Scotland said:

“In previous years we have received applications for some diverse and significant members of Scottish society, as well as a few less-celebrated, but just as important, individuals and groups. Plaques have been made to recognise the contribution of famous writers, explorers, inventors, artists, politicians and drivers of social change. We look forward to this year’s recommendations.”

The closing date for completed submissions is 31 January 2018. An independent panel will then consider all the nominations and select the successful applicants, which will be announced in Spring 2019.

Commemorative Plaque Scheme

Some of those who have been successfully nominated in previous years:

Colonel Sir George Thomas Beatson (1848-1933): surgeon

Joan Eardley (1921 – 1963):artist

Mary Somerville (1780 – 1872):mathematician

Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton (1874 – 1922): Polar explorer

Charles Glover Barkla (1877 – 1944): Physicist

Willie Park Snr (1833 – 1903): golfer

 

Phyllis Mary Bone (1894 – 1972) Sculptor

 

 

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