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By Fiona Reid
Annan and Eskdale

MEMBERS of the public are being asked which historical figures they would like to see celebrated with a commemorative plaque.

Nominations are now open for the Commemorative Plaque Scheme run by Historic Environment Scotland (HES).
Now in its sixth year, the scheme has seen diverse figures from Scottish history remembered, including
writers, explorers, inventors, artists, politicians and drivers of social change – such as famous inventors James Watt and John Logie Baird, artists such as Joan Eardley and prominent sportsmen such golfer as Willie Park Snr.
Famous Scots are nominated by the public using an online form, then celebrated by the installation of a bronze plaque on a building connected with their achievements.
Anyone whose life and achievements have made a significant difference to Scotland and its people will be considered for the scheme and recipients may also include people who have gained international recognition for their impact and accomplishments.
Martin Ross, development manager for Historic Environment Scotland, said: “The scheme celebrates significant persons from history by highlighting the link between them and a building connected with their work or life.
“This highlights not only biographical aspect of the person in recognition, but gives insight into social history and to local architecture also.”
This year is again an open theme, meaning that nominations will be accepted for any persons whose life and achievements have made a significant difference to Scotland and its people, or those who have gained international recognition for their accomplishments.
The closing date is January 31. An independent panel will then consider all the nominations and select the successful applicants.
To find out more go to www.historicenvironment.scot

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