So, you think you know Scotland?
Learn more about our scotland through weekly questions
1. Which university was formerly a college of St Andrew’s University?
c. Robert Gordon
2. Who developed chloroform?
a. Alexander Fleming
b. James Young Simpson
c. Dr Thomas John MacLagan
3. Glasgow is derived from the Gaelic words ‘glas cau’. What do they mean?
a. crossing place
b. gathering place
c. dear place
4. Who was the author of Tunes of Glory?
a. Allan Massie
b. Compton Mackenzie
c. James Kennaway
James Kennaway wrote Tunes of Glory in 1956 based on his experience of the army during National Service. He also wrote the screenplay for the film four years later.
5. Who or what was Charlotte Dundas?
a. Robert Burns’ lover
b. first practicable steam boat
c. first steam train
6. What killed most of the Scots settlers in Darien, Panama in 1698/1699?
c. native residents
The appalling climate, combined with diseases carried by water and insects, killed off many of the Scottish settlers who had hoped to establish a trading colony in Panama. Few of them ever returned to Scotland, but some managed to escape to the coast of America.
7. In which of the following areas does Dundee lie?
8. Which musical organisation did Sir Alexander Gibson found?
a. Scottish Opera
b. Scottish Ballet
c. Scottish Chamber Orchestra
9. How do you address a Scottish Earl in conversation?
a. My Lord
b. My Earl
c. Your Eminence
10. Who was the author of Gulliver’s Travels and who said that the 1707 Union between Scotland and England would ‘avoid a probable evil’?
a. Daniel Defoe
b. Henry Fielding
c. Jonathan Swift