The Greatest Living Scotsmen.
Who are the greatest living Scotsmen? A newspaper plebiscite has been taken on the subject, and the ten greatest Scotsmen selected are these, and in this order Lord Rosebery, the Duke of Argyll, Professor Blackie, Principal Caird, Sir Noel Paton, the Earl of Aberdeen, A. J. Balfour, Sir Morell Mackenzie, W. E. Gladstone, and Sir Archibald Alison. Mr Gladstone’s position is accounted for, we suppose, by the fact that as he was born in Liverpool, and is only of Scotch decent, the majority of the competitors would not think of including him in their lists. Otherwise we should be compelled to think very poorly of the sort of judgment expressed in these newspaper plebiscites. But where, asks the ‘ Newcastle Leader,’ are the literary men ? Where are Robert Louis Stevenson and the author of ‘Olrig Grange,’ and Andrew Lang? Surely they read books in Scotland, and do not regard Professor Blackie as quite their greatest man of letters. Where are the painters, too ? What of John Pettie, of W. G. Orphardadp, of David Murray, of Colin Hunter, and of Hamilton Macallum ?. What is Sir Archibald Alison or the Earl of Aberdeen to these ?
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The Greatest Living Scotsmen., Evening Star, Issue 7910, 18 May 1889, Supplement
The Greatest Living Scotsmen. Evening Star, Issue 7910, 18 May 1889, Supplement
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