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This year’s awards ceremony was held in the Mansfield Traquair and the competition in each category was fierce.


Kirsty Wark compered the event, sponsored by Glenfiddich and The Scotsman, which at the end of the evening awarded Top Scot to the Director of National Museums Scotland, Dr Gordon Rintoul. One million visitors have been to see the newly renovated Museum in Chambers Street, which was the target for the first year.


Many of Scotland’s finest business, creative and entrepreneurial minds were present, including the venerable John Byrne who lost out in the art nominees category to David Mach who has had such success this year at the City Art Centre with his Precious Light exhibition of collages and sculptures.

But here is a visual sample of who was there…..



  1. […] There were many other illustrious and deserving winners in each section, such as artist, David Mach and Dr Alan Bowman who has discovered a non-pesticide method of controlling the varroa mite which is threatening bees worldwide. The capital’s Martin Wishart lost out to restaurateur, Norman MacDonald from Cafe One in Inverness who rears his own beef cattle and pigs on his croft. Butcher, Simon Howie, won the Business category, and Edinburgh’s David Paul Jones, composer, vocalist and pianist won the music section. In the screen category, Karen Gillan, she of Doctor Who fame was a popular winner and para-cyclist, Neil Fachie, was winner in the sport section.  The writing section was particularly strong with Denise Mina, Jackie Kay and Julia Donaldson all losing out to Falkirk born Alan Bissett, who is a novelist, playwright and performer. […]

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