The Edinburgh Seven
The first female students at a British university started studying medicine in 1869 after Sophia Jex-blake was denied a place because Edinburgh University didn’t want to make arrangements “in the interest of one lady”. She placed an ad in The Scotsman for women to join her so the university had no excuse. They weren’t allowed to graduate, but five of the seven did qualify as doctors elsewhere, paving the way for generations of women to study at university.
Bank Of England
The Bank of England was founded by Scottish trader and banker William Paterson, who proposed the idea in 1691 then became a director when it was established three years later. Soon after, the Bank of Scotland was founded by – you guessed it – an Englishman, John Holland.
Macrae restored this building in Grassmarket in 1929