Edited by Frank R. Shaw, FSA Scot, Greater Atlanta, GA, USA
This is not the usual-type article for
readers of Robert Burns Lives! and is being shared with our readers
thanks to Beverley Thomson of the Robert Burns World Federation. After
reviewing the press release below from the National Trust for Scotland,
I would urge as many of our readers as possible to vote for Robert Burns
who is being considered for the title of “Great Scot.” Interestingly Sir
Walter Scott is not in the running for the recognition. Burns has
opposition from Flora McDonald who knew a thing or two about living in
North Carolina where my family of Shaws settled after leaving the Isle
of Jura in the mid-1750s. Then there is a pioneering mountaineer that I
must confess I know little about but will find a way to enlarge my
horizon on Sir Hugh Munro in the days to come. Last nominated for the
title of “Great Scot” is Mary, Queen of Scots who, due to family
matters, remained jailed until her head was separated from her body with
a chop or two of the axe thanks to Mary’s cousin, Queen Elizabeth. Who
needs cousins like Elizabeth?
I have spent the better part of the latter years of my life reading and
studying Scottish history, particularly Robert Burns. Twenty-five
percent of the 6,000 books in my library are on Burns. I ask that our
Robert Burns Lives! readers consider voting for Burns as the “Great
Scot” in this contest.
My friend David Hope refers to Burns as Scotland’s soul and the one Scot
whose words continue to electrify the nation. Well said, David! May I
add that Burns is not only a star of mine but is my “Scottish Superstar”
and worthy of your vote. Vote for Burns but do not follow the advice of
some of the South’s politicians years ago who would urge you “to vote
and vote often”! (FRS: 4.20.16)
NATIONAL TRUST FOR SCOTLAND MEDIA RELEASE
13 April 2016
Burns in the Running for Great Scot Title
There’s more than one set of candidates
battling it out for victory in the Scottish polls in the coming weeks –
Robert Burns is in the running for the title ‘Great Scot’ in a National
Trust for Scotland survey.
The Ayrshire bard has already racked up hundreds of votes, but he’s up
against some tough competition in the form of four other historical
heroes – Flora MacDonald, Jacobite heroine, Sir Hugh Munro, pioneering
mountaineer, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, globally-renowned architect and
Mary, Queen of Scots, Scotland’s would-be monarch.
The campaign for Burns is being championed by David Hopes, Director of
the Trust’s award-winning Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway.
David said: “Robert Burns’s words continue to electrify the nation. He
is Scotland’s soul.”
The Trust picked five top Scots from history, all with a connection to
Trust places, whose fascinating stories and incredible achievements have
had a profound impact on Scotland’s history, architecture and landscape,
and asked the public to select their ‘Great Scot’.
Votes can be cast online at
www.nts.org.uk/greatscots until 29 April or at Culloden Battlefield
Visitor Centre, Falkland Palace, Glencoe Visitor Centre, Hill House,
Pollok House and the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum until 25 April.
The poll is part of a fundraising campaign to secure the final £100,000
needed to repair the Burns Monument in Alloway - £50,000 has been raised
so far. The Victorian structure requires vital conservation work now.
Funds have already come from the NTS USA Foundation, grants and