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Nominations sought for Commemorative Plaques to mark Year of Natural Scotland

21 November 2013

People are being asked to put forward their nominations for the historic figures they would like to see honoured  in the second year of the Commemorative Plaques Scheme for Scotland.  This year’s theme is to celebrate the Year of Natural Scotland.

The call for nominations  was launched by Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs.

She said: “The launch of the Commemorative Plaque Scheme for Scotland has been very well received. The theme for the second year is inspired by the Year of Natural Scotland, celebrating Scotland’s outstanding natural beauty and culture.

“Scotland is known around the world for its outstanding landscape.  We have a wealth of historic figures whose incredible achievements have been inspired by Scotland’s stunning natural and historic settings from conservationists to artists, writers, architects, chefs and teachers.

“This scheme will ensure that all of these exceptional individuals are given the recognition they deserve and their accomplishments appreciated by future generations.”

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.

People are invited to submit their nominations for the historic figures they would like to put forward by filling in an application form on Historic Scotland’s website  - - with up to 1,000 words on two questions explaining why their chosen person is appropriate for a Commemorative Plaque.

The closing date for applications is 31st December 2013.

Notes for 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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