Alexander II, King of Scots b. August 24, 1198 d. July 8, 1249 Scottish Monarch. The son of William I the Lion and Ermengarde de Beaumont, he was crowned on December 5, 1214. He took advantage of King John's problems with his barons and invaded Northern England. John's northern Barons swore fealty and homage to Alexander, though upon John's death in 1217, he lost their loyalty to the new English king, Henry III. To cement good relations, Alexander married Henry III's sister Joan in 1221. Joan died in 1238, and he then married Marie de Coucy in 1239. They...[Read More] (Bio by: VampireRed) Melrose Abbey, Melrose, Scottish Borders, Scotland
Brodie, Deacon. William b. 1741 d. October 1, 1788 Folk Figure. A native of Edinburgh, Scotland, Deacon William Brodie was a noted Scottish cabinet maker and an Edinburgh City Councilman, who was also a known burglar and partyman known for his gambling, womaninzing and drinking. Brodie was believed to be the model for the characters of 'Dr. Henry Jekyll' and 'Edward Hyde' in the classic book, "The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde", written by Robert Louis Stevenson in 1886. Beginning his burglary and thiefing career in 1768 by first...[Read More] (Bio by: K) Parish Church, Buccleuch, Scottish Borders, Scotland
Clark, Jim 'The Flying Scot' b. March 4, 1936 d. April 7, 1968 World renowned race driver. Clark was a two-time Formula One Grand Prix champion in 1963and 1965. He was also a five-time veteran of the Indianapolis 500. He finished second in his first 500 in 1963. He won the pole position and had a big lead during the 1964 race, but was a victim of a mechanical failure. He won the 1965 classic and again finished second in 1966. (Bio by: Warrick L. Barrett) Cause of death: Racing accident Chirnside Parish Church Cemetery, Chirnside, Scottish Borders, Scotland
Clark, Jimmy b. March 4, 1936 d. April 7, 1968 Race Car Driver. He was a world class driver, regarded as one of the finest Formula 1 race car drivers of all time. In 1956, he drove his first event and by 1958, driving for the Border Reivers team, he had won 18 national events. In March 1960, he drove his first race in the newly introduced Formula I and went on to win 25 Formula 1 events. He was a two-time Formula 1 World Champion (1963, 1965) and winner of the 1965 Indianapolis 500. He also won the 1960 Dutch Grand Prix, 1962 Belgian Grand...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Cause of death: Formula 2 race crash in Hockenheim, Germany Chirnside Parish Church Cemetery, Chirnside, Scottish Borders, Scotland Plot: Near the wall at the top of the churchyard
Daykins, John Brunton b. March 26, 1883 d. January 24, 1933 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Hawick, Scotland, he served as a Sergeant in the 2nd/4th Battalion York, Lancaster Regiment, British Army. At Solesmes, France, on October 20, 1918, Sergeant Daykins with 12 remaining men of his platoon, rushed a German machine gun post. During severe hand-to-hand fighting, Sergeant Daykins himself disposed of many of the enemy and secured the objective. He then located another machine gun which was holding up an operation of his company. Under...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Castlewood Cemetery, Jedburgh, Scottish Borders, Scotland
Hislop, Steve 'Hizzy' b. January 11, 1962 d. July 30, 2003 British Superbike Racing Champion. Hislop was born January 11, 1962, in Hawick, Scotland. A member of the Monster Mob Ducati Superbike Racing Team, he rode a Ducati 998 RS Motorcycle, winning several championships and honors. Among his championship races are, winning the 1990 Crown at the British 250cc, winning 11 races in total at the Isle of Man TT including one in 1994, and in 1995 he won the British Superbike Championship. In 2000 he suffered a broken neck during a Championship Race at...[Read More] (Bio by: K) Southdean Cemetery, Hawick, Scottish Borders, Scotland
Robert the Bruce [Heart] b. July 11, 1274 d. June 7, 1329 Scottish monarch. The son of Robert Bruce, Earl of Carrick and Marjory of Carrick, he was a descendant of Alexander II, King of Scots. He was married to Isabella of Mar in 1295, and Elizabeth DeBurgh in 1302. He was the father of two sons and three daughters. Around 1298, when Scotland was under English rule, he was appointed a Guardian of Scotland along with John Comyn. It was discovered that Comyn intended to sell out his country and become a puppet king under Edward I, and Bruce killed him...[Read More] (Bio by: VampireRed) Melrose Abbey, Melrose, Scottish Borders, Scotland
Scott, Sir. Walter b. August 15, 1771 d. September 21, 1832 Author. Sir Walter Scott, 1st Baronet, was a prolific Scottish historical novelist and poet. Famous titles include Ivanhoe, Rob Roy, The Lady of The Lake, Waverley, The Heart of Midlothian and The Bride of Lammermoor. His novels were published under the name of "The Author of Waverley" or anonymous.