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About the Living Legacy of Scotland

The Living Legacy of Scotland is a non-profit organization dedicated to two important goals: firstly, preserving the rich heritage of  people of  Scottish birth or descent and the contributions they have made to this country and to the world; and secondly, seeking to ensure that this heritage remains a vital, living stimulus for future accomplishments. In pursuit of these aims we create written and visual materials that can be distributed and mobile displays than can be presented in schools, museums, and libraries, and at festivals and cultural events.

If you are interested in Scottish heritage, you are probably aware that Scots, and people of Scottish descent, have made contributions to the advance of humanity proportionately far greater in number and scope and frequency than their numbers would suggest. But this is not widely known, and The Living Legacy seeks to promote a wider understanding and appreciation of the Scottish culture, which formed the crucible for these contributions and of this great tradition and still does. By providing an increased understanding of the Scottish culture which has nurtured a disproportionate number of major contributions in so many fields despite Scotland's size, the dynamism and origins of that culture can be understood, enjoyed, preserved and emulated.

Among those Scots who have made such contributions, the names of Alexander Graham Bell, Robert Louis Stevenson, David Hume, Adam Smith, Robert Burns, John Paul Jones, Andrew Carnegie, and Patrick Henry come to mind. But there are scores of others, not so well known, such as James Clerk Maxwell, Gilbert Stuart, James McNeill Whistler, Anna Mary Robertson Moses (aka Grandma Moses) Alexander Calder, Neil Armstrong, John Glenn, Adam Smith, Sir Sean Connery, Dame Joan Sutherland, Ewan McGregor, Allan Pinkerton, Elizabeth Arden, Alexander Hamilton Lachlan Macquarie, and Sir Thomas Brisbane, John Napier, James Watt, John London McAdam, John Logie Baird, Sir Robert Alexander Watson-Watt, Juliette Gordon Low, General Douglas MacArthur, James Lind, Alexander Fleming, Sir Walter Scott, Thomas Carlyle, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sir James Matthew Barrie -- all exemplars of the best in Scottish leadership in their fields.