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Monday, 27 December 2010

Great Scots!

Due to an unfortunate editorial error, the list of famous Scottish Americans that appears at the end of Scottish Miscellany: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Scotland the Brave was somewhat truncated. So, for your education and edification, here is the full list, as it should have appeared in the book.

Ben Affleck – actor
Jennifer Aniston – actress
Billie Joe Armstrong – singer and guitarist with the band Green Day
Lance Armstrong – seven-times winner of the Tour de France
Lucille Ball – actress
Kristin Bell – actress
Linda Blair – actor most famous for her role in 1973’s seminal horror film The Exorcist
Jack Black – actor, singer and comedian
Jim Bowie – frontiersman and a defender of the Alamo
Walter Houser Brattain – inventor of the transistor
David Dunbar Buick – founder of the Buick Motor Company
Joseph A Campbell – founder of Campbell soups, a major manufacturer of canned soups
William Wallace Campbell – astronomer
Drew Carey – comedy actor and game show host
Andrew Carnegie – industrialist and philanthropist, who donated millions of dollars to libraries and arts and education institutions in the US and Great Britain
Johnny Cash – singer
Alice Cooper – rock star
James Fenimore Cooper – author, best known for writing The Last of the Mohicans
Samuel W Crawford – US Army surgeon and Union general in the American Civil War
Michael Crichton – author, most famous for Jurassic Park
Davy Crockett – frontiersman, US Congressman and one of the defenders of the Alamo
Miley Cyrus – actor and singer, also known as Hannah Montana
Matt Damon – actor
Jasper Newton ‘Jack’ Daniel – founder of Jack Daniel's Tennessee whiskey distillery
James Dean – actor
Donald Wills Douglas, Sr – launched the world's first commercial passenger plane, the DC-3, in 1935
Robert Downey, Jr – actor, most recently seen playing the roles of Iron Man and Sherlock Holmes, the creation of Scottish writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
David Duchovny – actor
Hilary Duff – actress and singer
Clint Eastwood – actor and director
William Faulkner – won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1949
Stacy ‘Fergie’ Ferguson – singer with The Black Eyed Peas
Brandon Flowers – singer and keyboardist of The Killers
B C Forbes – journalist and founder of Forbes Magazine
Alexander Garden – botanist, physician and zoologist, who gave his name to the Gardenia flower
Bill Gates – co-founder of the software giant Microsoft and, until only recently, the richest man in the world, being a billionaire more than fifty times over
Mel Gibson – actor and director, most notably of Braveheart, of the Clan Buchanan
Jay Gould – railroad developer
Larry Hagman – actor, best known for J R Ewing in Dallas
Oscar Hammerstein II – writer of musicals
Oliver Hardy – comedy actor, best known for being part of the double-act Laurel and Hardy
Jennifer Love Hewitt – actress, producer and singer
Tommy Hilfiger – fashion designer
Grace Murray Hopper – a rear admiral and computer scientist (she was co-inventor of the computer language Cobol), she was the oldest officer and highest-ranking woman in the US armed forces when she retired in 1986, aged 80.
Sam Houston – founding father of Texas
Robert E Howard – author of the Conan fantasy series
Washington Irving – historian, biographer and author, famous for The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Samuel L Jackson – actor
James Johnston – along with Thomas J. Watson, developed an early tabulating machine which led to the foundation IBM in 1917
Indiana Jones – fictional archaeologist, college professor and adventurer
John Paul Jones – Father of the American Navy
Kim Kardashian – socialite and television personality
Michael Keaton – actor, real name Michael Douglas
W K Kellogg – breakfast cereal pioneer
Alicia Keys – singer
Jay Leno – host of The Tonight Show
Heather Locklear – actress
Douglas MacArthur – general and field marshal
John James ‘Jimmy’ MacDonald – the voice of Mickey Mouse
Shaun McDonald – American football player
Seth MacFarlane – writer of Family Guy
Archibald MacLeish – modernist poet, Pulitzer Prize winner and Librarian of Congress
Nate McClouthbaseballer, currently playing for the Atlanta Braves
Steve McQueen – actor
Tobey McGuire – actor, known for playing Spider-Man in particular
Marshall Mathers – better known as rapper Eminem
Herman Melville – author, whose best known work is Moby Dick
Marilyn Monroe – actress
Jim Morrison – singer with The Doors
Arnold Palmer – golfer
Allan Pinkerton – detective and director of a security agency
Edgar Allan Poe – short story writer, poet and critic
Jackson Pollock – artist
Colin Powell – former Chief of Staff
Elvis Presley – singer
Ginger Rogers – actress, dancer and singer, born Virginia Katherine McMath
Axl Rose – lead singer with Guns and Roses
J D Salinger – writer of Catcher in the Rye
Alicia Silverstone – actress
Gwen Stefani – singer
James Stewart – actor
Jeb Stuart – Confederate war hero
Donald Sutherland – actor
Keifer Sutherland – actor
Donald Trump – business magnate and television personality
Mark Twain – author
Rube Waddell – Hall of Fame pitcher
Christopher Walken – actor
John Wayne – actor
Sigourney Weaver – actress, famous for playing Ripley in the Alien films
Jack White – musician, guitarist with The White Stripes, real name John Anthony Gillis
Bruce Willis – actor
Alexander Winton – built one of the first American automobiles in 1896, broke the world speed record in 1900, and in 1903 became the first man to drive across the United States
Reece Witherspoon – actress, her Scottish ancestor John D Witherspoon signed the Declaration of Independence
Malcolm X – militant and religious leader

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