Sir Alexander Gibson (1926 – 1995)
Born in Motherwell in 1926, Sir Alexander Drummond Gibson enjoyed a fruitful career in music by creating Scottish Opera and as conductor of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. He was made CBE, and obtained a knighthood for his contributions and is commemorated by a bust in the Theatre Royal, Glasgow.
Boyd Tunnock b. 1933
Tunnock’s is a family-owned bakery in Uddingston, which Boyd took over from the founder, his grandfather, Thomas Tunnock who established the business in 1890.
Christohpher Kane is a Scottish designer who became one of the most saught after designers after his first independent show in September 2006 which featured a line-up of very short neon cocktail dresses. The following year, Kane was awarded New Designer of the Year at then British Fashion Awards.
David Colville (1813 – 1898)
David Colville began his working life in the family business which owned coasting vessels and managed several local enterprises. He then created what became the Steel Company Of Scotland, Dalzell works being a pioneer in the use of steel replacing iron works.
It is said by many that the success of David Dale has been overshadowed by that of his son-in-law Robert Owen. Dale was the founder of New Lanark Mills, and overnight he created 3,00 jobs, as well as housing for the homeless and orphans of the New Lanark Parish.
David Livingstone (1813 – 1873)
Through his missionary work, David Livingstone travelled the globe inspired by the idea that through the introduction of trade and Christianity the African slave trade might be abolished. The phrase ‘Dr Livingstone, I presume?’ was coined after his discovery in Ujiji, having disappeared for 6 years. Livingstone is celebrated worldwide and commemorated at his birthplace in Blantyre.
Davie Cooper was a professional football player and Scottish International. He played for Motherwell, Rangers, Clydebank and Scotland during his career. In 1989, he contributed towards Motherwell FC’s first major trophy win in 39 years.
Sir Harry Lauder (1870 – 1950)
Harry Lauder began his singing career in the coal mines around Hamilton in the 1890’s and by 1912 was the top act at Britain’s Royal Variety performance for King George V. He became an international success, touring the world throughout his forty year career and led fundraising efforts in WW1 for which he received a knighthood in 1919.
Sir James W Black (1924 – 2010)
Born in Uddingston in 1924, Sir James Whyte Black went on to study medicine and have many successes throughout his career. Most notably inventing major drugs propranolol and cimetidine thanks to his extensive research. He received many awards and honour for his contribution to medicine.
“Jimmy” McRae is a Scottish rally driver who was born and brought up in Lanark, and to this day still lives there. Jimmy is still regarded as the most successful British Championship competitor of all time.
Keir Hardie (1856 – 1915)
James Keir Hardie was born in Holytown in 1856. At 11 years old he began working as a coal miner. His involvement in a workers’ union at his colliery saw the start of his political career, which eventually lead to him becoming one of the most significant figures in the history of British politics.
Liz Lochhead (b 1947)
Born in Newarthill, the first work that saw Liz noticed by a wider audience was Memo for Spring which broke her into a world that was at that time largely male dominated. She is part of a celebrated generation of Scottish authors and took over Edwin Morgan as Scotland’s National Poet in 2011.
Dr Marion Gilchrist (1864 – 1952)
Dr Marion Gilchrist was born in 1864, and spent her early years in Bothwell. She attended further education at the University of Glasgow where she became their first female graduate and obtained a degree in medicine.
Mark McManus (1935 – 1994)
Born in Hamilton in 1935, Mark McManus is a Scottish actor best remembered for his role as Jim Taggart in the television series “Taggart”. After a move to Australia at the age of 16, Mark became a professional actor there at the age of 22, and co-starred alongside Mick Jagger in the movie ‘Ned Kelly’.
Mark Millar b. 1969
Born on 24th December 1969 in Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire. A multi-award winning writer, Millar has revamped X-Men, launched a number one Spider-Man title and brought Captain America into the 21st Century.
Midge Ure b.1953
James “Midge” Ure was born in Cambuslang, Lanarkshire on the 10th of October 1953. Ure is a Scottish guitarist, singer, keyboard player and song writer, as well as the founder of Live Aid alongside Bob Geldof.
Recipients of the Victoria Cross
The Victoria Cross is the highest military decoration awarded for bravery in the armed forces, and was introduced in 1856 following the Crimean War. It has since been awarded 1,356 times throughout the Commonwealth and former British territories, 14 to men in Lanarkshire.
Robert Owen (1771 – 1858)
Robert Owen’s career began managing a mill in Manchester where he established and promoted a focus on higher principles in the work place. He took this mentality to New Lanark and continued to have a significant impact nationwide by improving treatment of workers and creating the cooperative movement that changed Britain.
Sharleen Spiteri is a Scottish singer and song writer who was born in Bellshill, North Lanarkshire. As well as her music career, Sharleen is also a patron of children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent.
Born ‘Sheena Shirley Orr’ on the 27th of April, 1959 in Bellshill, Sheena is a Scottish recording artist.
Sir Samuel Curran (1912 – 1998)
Sir Samuel Curran was a physicist and the first Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde – the first of the new technical universities in Britain. He also founded the Scottish Association of Parents of Handicapped Children, now known as Enable.
Stan Laurel (1890 – 1965)
Stan Laurel spent his early years in County Durham before moving to Glasgow with his parents and studying at Rutherglen Academy. His stage career began in Fred Karno’s troupe of actors in 1910, and led on to him performing with Oliver Harvey in 1927 where they won many awards for pioneering work in comedy for their double act.