Cultural Connections in Scotland

Alexander Graham Bell Birthplace

The inventor of the telephone was born in Edinburgh 1847. Although no museums commemorate his life in Scotland, a bank note was issued for the 150th anniversary of his birth.
Address: 14 South Charlotte Street, Edinburgh


Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum

Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum  Andrew Carnegie was a Scottish-American steel baron who died the richest man in the world after founding what would become U.S. Steel. Carnegie is now famous for his philanthropic fund that has also preserved his birthplace in Dunfermline. The city is filled with buildings donated by Mr. Carnegie. For more information about preserved sites visit:
Address: Moodie Street, Dunfermline, Fife, KY12 7PL

Big Tree Country

Big Tree Country contains many California Redwoods including the first Redwoods planted outside of California.
Address: Perthshire

Declaration of Arbroath

The Declaration of Arbroath was one of the influences of the Declaration of Independence and can be seen in the Museum. One-third of the signatories of the Declaration of Independence were of Scottish descent. Visit the Museum website for complete details:
Address: National Museum of Scotland, Castlehill, Edinburgh, EH1

David Douglas Hometown

David Douglas was a Scottish naturalist and explorer who traveled across the United States collecting plant species. The Douglas Fir is named after him. A large Douglas Fir planted with a seed sent to Scone by Mr. Douglas stands at the Scone Palace in memory of his life.
Address: Scone, Perth and Kinross, PH2

Edinburgh Civil War Memorial

This memorial is a testament to the Scottish men who gave their lives fighting in the American Civil War. The memorial consists of a statue of President Abraham Lincoln with one free and one crouching slave. Full details are at:
Address: Calton Hill, Edinburgh, EH1

John Paul Jones Cottage Museum

John Paul Jones was a Scottish born American naval officer who waged war on British trading ships during the Revolutionary Period. His birthplace was turned into a museum and can be found at:
Address: Arbigland Estate, Kirkbean, DG2 8BQ

John Muir Walk

John Muir was the founder of the U.S. National Park system and was voted the most famous Californian of all time. He was born in Dunbar, and the Dunbar John Muir Association hosts a guided walk through the town to a number of sites about his life. Visit their website for more information:
Address: Dunbar, East Lothian, EH42

Scottish-American War Memorial

The Memorial serves as a monument to the soldiers of WWI and features a seated and kilted soldier. The Memorial was donated by the United States and is familiarly known as “The Call.” For more information on the Memorial visit:
Address: West Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh EH2

Alexander Wilson Statue

Alexander Wilson (1808-1814) emigrated from Scotland to the United States and is most famous for his work American Ornithology, a fully illustrated guide to the birds of North America. His statue is outside Paisley Abbey.
Address: Paisley Abbey, Paisley


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