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  • A Scottish rugby player gets tackled at a 6 Nations fixture against France.
    Stars of Scotland Rugby at a 6 Nations fixture against France

Scottish sporting heroes have made a name for themselves in many of the world’s sports. From the very early beginnings of motor racing in particular, Scots have been leading the way becoming some of the most successful drivers of the Formula 1 ever; from Jackie Stewart to David Coulthard. Some sports can even trace their origins in Scotland, most notably golf, where figures such as Colin Montgomerie have been carrying the torch of national pride.

Sir Charles (Chay) Blyth 1940 -

Born in Hawick on 14th May, 1940, Blyth lived in the West End area of the town. At 18, he joined the British Army's Parachute Regiment becoming a Sergeant at the age of 21.  In 1966, Sgt. Chay Blyth and Capt. John Ridegway rowed across the North Atlantic from Cape Cod to the Aran Islands in a 20 ft. dory in 90 days, for which Chay Blyth was awarded the British Empire Medal. In 1971, he became the first person to sail single-handed, non-stop, around the world aboard the 59 ft. ketch British Steel. "The most outstanding passage ever made by one man alone," quoted The Times. In recognition of his achievement, he was made a Commander of The British Empire. In 1997, Chay was knighted by Her Majesty the Queen for his services to sailing.

Jim Clark 1936 - 1968

Born in Chirnside, Berwickshire, Jim Clark became World Champion Racing Driver twice. Considered by many at the greatest racing driver of all time, he won 25 Grand Prix. There is a museum dedicated to him in Duns.

David Coulthard 1971 -

David Coulthard hails from the small village of Twynholm, near Dumfries. His racing career began with karting where he won the Scottish Championship three times, Scottish Open twice and the British Championship (junior) and the Scottish Open (senior). This lead to FF1600 championships which in turn led to F3000 where he raced with Bennetton-Ford in 1992. His Formula 1 career began in 1994 when he was promoted from test driver for Williams-Renault. He gained his first Formula 1 win with Williams-Renault in 1995 in Portugal. He moved to McLaren Mercedes in 1996 and had been a major competitor for the World Championship until his retirement from Formula 1 in 2008.

Kenny Dalgleish 1951 -

Glasgow-born Dalgleish is one of the heroes of Scottish football. At 16, he joined Celtic as a striker and went on to score more than 150 goals during his time there. At 26, he joined Liverpool which led to him taking on the role of the first ever player manager in 1985. He went on to lead Blackburn Rovers to a FA Championship win and then later moved to manage Newcastle.

Jimmie Guthrie 1897 - 1937

Hailed as 'Hawick's Racing Legend', Jimmy was born on 23rd May 1897 and served his apprenticeship as an engineer.  As a motorcycle racer, he achieved success after success, winning race after race and held many world records and European Championships. His last race was at Sachsenring where he died "upholding the honour of his country in the German Grand Prix" on 8th August 1937. The train to the German frontier carrying his body had a military escort. His funeral took place in Hawick and was attended by thousands; the cortege was 3 miles long.  At statue of Jimmie Guthrie was erected in 1939 at Wilton Lodge Park, Hawick, near to the museum where there is an exhibition commemorating his life.

Colin Montgomerie 1963 -

Colin Mongomerie was born in Glasgow in 1963. He has become one of Scotland's golfing heroes, dominating competitions at home and abroad for many years.

Jackie Stewart 1939 -

Jackie Stewart was born in Milton, Dumbartonshire in 1939. He grew up around cars but did not get involved in racing himself until later. After impressing spectators at a test drive, he was recruited by Ken Tyrell for the Formula Junior team in 1963. He entered Formula 1 in 1965 with BAR and soon won his first Grand Prix in Monza. He went on to win 27 Folmula 1 races and three World Championships. Today, he is still greatly involved in Formula 1. He formed Stewart Grand Prix in 1997 with his son and this has now become the Jaguar Ford Team.

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