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  • Catriona Matthew with the Scottish Girls Golf Team (Credit: Wojciech Migda / Wikicommons)
    Catriona Matthew with the Scottish Girls Golf Team (Credit: Wojciech Migda / Wikicommons)
  • Golfers walk across the King's Course at Gleneagles, Perthshire
    The King's Course at Gleneagles, designed by James Braid
  • Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, Glasgow (Credit: Nicola / Wikicommons)
    Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, Glasgow (Credit: Nicola / Wikicommons)

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

Sir Charles (Chay) Blyth 1940 -

Born in Hawick, Blyth joined the British Army's Parachute Regiment at the age of 18 and became a Sergeant at 21. He rowed across the North Atlantic from Cape Cod to the Aran Islands in a 20 ft. dory in 90 days in 1966 before becoming the first person to sail single-handed, non-stop, around the world aboard the 59 ft. ketch British Steel in 1971. He was made a Commander of The British Empire and was knighted by Her Majesty the Queen for his services to sailing in 1997.

James Braid 1870 - 1950

A name familiar to golfers around the world, James Braid was a Scottish professional golfer and golf course architect who designed some of the country's finest courses. Born in Earslferry in Fife, he began playing golf at an early age and went onto the win the Open Championship an impressive five times. He began designing courses in the 1910s, completing more than 200 in his lifetime. Follow the James Braid itinerary to discover his most revered creations.

Jim Clark 1936 - 1968

Originally from Kilmany, Fife, Jim Clark began racing in local road rallies before becoming a Formula One racing driver, going on to win the World Drivers' Championship in both 1963 and 1965. Throughout his remarkable career he won 25 Grand Prix, and in 2009 was named the greatest ever Formula One driver by The Times. There is a museum dedicated to him in Duns in the Scottish Borders, where he lived as a young child.

David Coulthard 1971 -

David Coulthard is a retired Formula One racing drive from Twynholm, near Dumfries. His career began with karting, for which he won the Scottish Championship three times, the Scottish Open twice, the British Championship (junior) and the Scottish Open (senior). His impressive Formula One career began in 1994, gaining his first win with Williams-Renault in Portugal the following year. He moved to McLaren Mercedes in 1996 and was a major competitor for the World Championship until his retirement in 2008.

Kenny Dalgleish 1951 -

Glasgow-born Dalgleish is one of the heroes of Scottish football. He joined Celtic as a striker at the age of 16 and went on to play with the team until 1967, making 320 appearances and scoring 167 goals during his time there. He later signed to Liverpool, which led to him taking on the role of the first ever player manager in 1985. He has since managed Blackburn Rovers, who he led to a FA Championship win, as well as Newcastle, Celtic and Liverpool.

Katherine Grainger 1975 -

Katherine Grainger was born in Glasgow and studied at the University of Edinburgh, where she took up rowing in 1993. In addition to numerous titles at the World Rowing Championships, she has won four Olympic medals: silver at Sydney, Athens and Beijing, and gold for the Women's Double Sculls with Anna Watkins at London 2012. She currently holds the record as Great Britain's most decorated female Olympian, along with swimmer Rebecca Adlington.

Jimmie Guthrie 1897 - 1937

Hailed as 'Hawick's Racing Legend', Guthrie served his apprenticeship as an engineer before becoming a motorcycle racer, winning race after race and breaking many world records. His last race was at Sachsenring, where he died "upholding the honour of his country in the German Grand Prix" on 8 August 1937. There is an exhibition commemorating his life in Hawick Museum, as well as a nearby statue in his honour.

Sir Chris Hoy 1976 –

A native of Edinburgh, Chris Hoy became interested in cycling after seeing E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial at the age of six. Before retiring in 2013 he won a total of six Olympic golds and one silver, making him Britain’s most successful Olympic athlete and the most decorated Olympic cyclist of all time. Fans can visit the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow, and look out for a gold postbox commemorating his achievements at London 2012 just off Edinburgh’s Royal Mile.

Danny MacAskill 1985 -

Trials rider Danny MacAskill grew up in Dunvegan on the beautiful Isle of Skye, a veritable playground for cyclists. After releasing a video of feats entitled Inspired Bicycles in 2009, he shot to fame in cycling circles and was able to give up his job as a bike mechanic to ride full-time. He has since been nominated for numerous awards, including National Geographic Adventurer of the Year. Visit our blog to read an exclusive interview about his latest short film The Ridge, which sees him scale the vertiginous Cuillin Ridge on Skye.

Catriona Matthew 1969 -

Golfer Catriona Matthew discovered her passion whilst growing up in North Berwick, a seaside town home to some of Scotland's finest golf courses. She became Scottish Girls champion at the age of 17 and won several amateur titles while studying at the University of St Andrews before turning professional in 1995. She has since become Scotland’s most successful female golfer, so far securing four wins on the US-based LPGA tour and six on the Ladies European Tour, including the Ricoh Women's British Open in 2009.

Colin Montgomerie 1963 -

Known affectionately as ‘Monty’, Colin Montgomerie is Scotland's most successful golfer. Born in Glasgow and educated in Perthshire, he turned professional at the age of 24 and quickly developed into one of Europe's top players. He has won 45 tournaments around the world, including 31 European Tour events, more than any other British player, and holds the world record for European Tour Order of Merit titles with eight wins.

Andy Murray 1987 –

Born in Glasgow and raised in Dunblane, Andy Murray comes from a sporting family and first picked up a tennis racket when he was two. He was offered a place at Rangers School of Excellence but chose tennis over football, becoming British Number 1 in 2006 and entering the world top 10 in 2007. Recent highlights of his illustrious career including winning a gold and a silver medal at the London 2012 Olympics, winning the US Open in 2012, and beating Novak Djokovic to win Wimbledon in 2013.

Graeme Obree 1965 –

Nicknamed 'The Flying Scotsman', Graeme Obree is a Scottish racing cyclist, famed for breaking the world one-hour distance record in both 1993 and 1994. His bike, Old Faithful, which he built himself using parts from a washing machine, is on display at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. A film focusing on his attempt to break the world one-hour record, The Flying Scotsman, was released in 2006, starring Johnny Lee Miller as Obree.

Jackie Stewart 1939 -

Jackie Stewart was born in Milton, Dumbartonshire and, after impressing spectators at a test drive, was recruited by Ken Tyrell for the Formula Junior team in 1963. He entered Formula One in 1965 with BAR and soon won his first Grand Prix in Monza, later going on to win 27 Formula One races and three World Championships. He formed the Stewart Grand Prix with his son in 1997, and is still involved in Formula One today.