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Countdown to nominations for Year of Natural Scotland Commemorative Plaques

16 December 2013

There are only two weeks left to submit nominations for your chosen historic figure to receive a Commemorative Plaque to mark the Year of Natural Scotland.

This is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of historic figures who have been inspired by the beauty of the stunning landscapes in Scotland, from artists to writers to conservationists, architects and many more.

The closing date for applications is 31st December 2013

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs said: “The Commemorative Plaque Scheme is a wonderful way to celebrate and commemorate individuals who have contributed so much to Scotland.

“It is also a way of ensuring that future generations will be aware of historic figures who may have been overlooked in the past, but whose accomplishments have put Scotland on a world stage.

“I am sure that there will be many nominations for people whose talent has been inspired by the outstanding beauty of Scotland’s diverse and dramatic scenery.”

All you need to do is fill out an application form on Historic Scotland’s website  - - with up to 1,000 words, answering two questions explaining why you think your chosen person deserves a Commemorative Plaque.

There will be a maximum of 12 plaques awarded every year and these will be decided by an independent academic panel, still to be announced.

For information:

The 12 recipients of the Commemorative Plaques for the Year of Creative Scotland were:
Dudley D WatkinsDundee based cartoonist for DC Thomson
John Logie BairdTelevision pioneer and inventor
Archibald FindlayFife potato geneticist, father of 75% of modern crop
Donnchadh Ban Mac an t-SaoirGaelic poet
Louis DicksonBo’ness cinematographer and film pioneer
Adam ChristieSculptor and artist from Shetland
Louisa Stevenson and Christian Guthrie WrightFounders of Queen Margaret College and Edinburgh School of Cookery and leaders in social equality movement
Francis Campbell Boileau CadellScottish Colourist’ of the late 19th century
Norman McLarenExperimental filmmaker and electronic music pioneer
Hamish MacCunnOne of Scotland’s outstanding composers
Francis (Fra) NewberyFormer Head of the Glasgow School of Art
James WattSteam pioneer

Notes to editors:

  • Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government charged with safeguarding the nation’s historic environment. The agency is fully accountable to Scottish Ministers and through them to the Scottish Parliament.

  • 2013 is the Year of Natural Scotland, inspiring our people and our visitors to celebrate Scotland’s outstanding natural beauty, landscapes and biodiversity as Scotland prepares to welcome the world in 2014 and beyond. Find out more about Scotland’s outstanding natural beauty at

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John MacNeil
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