Scotland…?

250px-Floral_Badge_of_Great_Britain.svgScotland was a favourite of Queen Victoria. She loved the place and the people. Now the Scots have a huge decision to make. A choice to remain in the United Kingdom or go it alone for an independent Scotland.

Here is a few of the fantastic innovations that Scotland has achieved under The Union:

Macadamised roads: John Loudon McAdam (1756–1836)
The pedal bicycle: Kirkpatrick Macmillan (1813–1878) and Thomas McCall (1834–1904)
The pneumatic tyre: Robert William Thomson and John Boyd Dunlop (1822–1873)
The overhead valve engine: David Dunbar Buick (1854–1929)
Tubular steel: Sir William Fairbairn (1789–1874)
The patent slip for docking vessels: Thomas Morton (1781–1832)
Canal design: Thomas Telford (1757–1834)
Condensing steam engine improvements: James Watt (1736–1819)
Thermodynamic cycle: William John Macquorn Rankine (1820–1872)
Coal-gas lighting: William Murdoch (1754–1839)
Europe’s first passenger steamboat: Henry Bell (1767–1830)
The first iron-hulled steamship: Sir William Fairbairn (1789–1874)
Making cast steel from wrought iron: David Mushet (1772–1847)
Wrought iron sash bars for glass houses: John C. Loudon (1783–1865)
The hot blast oven: James Beaumont Neilson (1792–1865)
The steam hammer: James Nasmyth (1808–1890)
Wire rope: Robert Stirling Newall (1812–1889)
The Fairlie, a narrow gauge, double-bogie railway engine: Robert Francis Fairlie (1831–1885)
Cordite – Sir James Dewar, Sir Frederick Abel (1889)
The mechanical reaping machine: Rev. Patrick Bell (1799–1869)
Print stereotyping: William Ged (1690–1749)
Roller printing: Thomas Bell (patented 1783)
The adhesive postage stamp and the postmark: James Chalmers (1782–1853)
Universal Standard Time: Sir Sandford Fleming (1827–1915)
Light signalling between ships: Admiral Philip H. Colomb (1831–1899)
The telephone: Alexander Graham Bell (1847–1922)
The teleprinter: Frederick G. Creed (1871–1957)
The underlying principles of Radio – James Clerk Maxwell (1831–1879)
The first edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica (1768–81)
The first postcards and picture postcards in the UK
Scottish National Portrait Gallery, designed by Sir Robert Rowand Anderson (1889)
Sherlock Holmes, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Peter Pan, by J.M. Barrie, born in Kirriemuir, Angus
Long John Silver and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, by Robert Louis Stevenson…

And there are so many more…

The United Kingdom will be poorer without Scotland and it’s imaginative, innovative people.