20. August 2009 05:27
As part of the Year of Homecoming 2009, STV (Scottish Television) is producing a major new series in which today’s Scots will decide who has been the greatest of them all.
Will Robert the Bruce be voted the Greatest Scot by the public?As part of the Year of Homecoming 2009, STV (Scottish Television) is producing a major new series in which today’s Scots will decide who has been the greatest of them all.
Do you go for a warrior and freedom fighter such as Robert the Bruce or William Wallace? Or the one of the great thinkers of the Enlightenment whose ideas are still shaping the modern world such as Adam Smith or David Hume?
What of the great engineers, men like James Watt and Alexander Graham Bell. And then there are the medical pioneers such as Alexander Fleming or Marie Stopes? And we haven't even mentioned Robert Burns or Robert Louis Stevenson.
Or do you choose Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the great Scottish architect, designer and artist. Probably the greatest architect and designer Scotland has produced.
The list is a long one and the arguments passionate and enthralling. Now STV, in the Year of Homecoming, is giving today's Scots the world over the chance to decide once and for all.
In a landmark new series, a panel of experts including historians, politicians, business men and women, and cultural and religious leaders will select a short list of 30 names.
These in turn will be introduced and championed over a week of programmes before the public is invited to vote on them. The result will be announced live on STV on St Andrew's night, November 30, later this year.
You can help influence that selection process and put forward your own choice. Join in the debate right now and tell stv.tv who you would choose and why (and you’ll be able to watch the eventual programmes online, wherever you are).