The woman who started the English Civil War when she threw her stool at the minister in St Giles Cathedral in protest at having to use the new Book of Common Prayer, which King Charles I implemented to bring the Church of Scotland in line with the Church of England. Robert Burns named his horse after her.
War poet Siegfried’s son spoke several languages, including fluent Serbo-croat, Aramaic and Klingon. He wrote books on alien phenomena, flew a Tiger Moth, and worked as a sheep farmer and ferryman in Mull.
Designed and manufactured the Mo-car, Scotland’s first automobile. During midnight test drives, he was fined for driving at 12mph on Glasgow’s Buchanan Street.