People from Rothesay, Bute

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  1. Lena Zavaroni

    Lena Zavaroni


    Lena Hilda Zavaroni (4 November 1963 – 1 October 1999) was a Scottish child singer and a television show host. With her album Ma! (He's Making Eyes At Me) at ten years of age, she is the youngest person in history to have an album in the top ten of the UK Albums Chart. Later in life she hosted TV shows and appeared on stage. From the age of 13 Lena suffered from anorexia nervosa which became clinical depression two years later at the age of 15. Lena died at the age of 35 from pneumonia.

  2. Ashley Lilley

    Ashley Lilley


    Ashley-Anne Lilley (born 29 January 1986) is a Scottish actress and singer. She made her debut in the 2008 film Mamma Mia!.

  3. John Crichton-Stuart, 7th Marquess of Bute

    John Crichton-Stuart, 7th Marquess of Bute


    John Colum Crichton-Stuart, 7th Marquess of Bute (born 26 April 1958 in Rothesay, Isle of Bute), styled Earl of Dumfries before 1993 and from this courtesy title usually known as Johnny Dumfries, is a Scottish peer and a former racing driver, most notably winning the 1988 24 Hours of Le Mans. He does not use his title and prefers to be known solely as John Bute. The family home is Mount Stuart House on the Isle of Bute. He attended Ampleforth College, as had his father and most male members of the Crichton-Stuart family, but did not finish the normal six years of study. As Marquess of Bute, he is clan chief of the Stuarts of Bute.

  4. Sydney MacEwan

    Sydney MacEwan


    Canon Sydney Alfred MacEwan (19 October 1908 – 25 September 1991) was a Scottish tenor, who sang traditional Scottish and Irish songs.

  5. Graham Watson

    Graham Watson


    Sir Graham Robert Watson (born 23 March 1956) is a British Liberal Democrat politician. He served as a Member of the European Parliament for South West England from 1994 until 2014 and was the leader of the Group of the European Liberal Democrat and Reform Party 2002–2004 and the first leader of the Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe 2004–2009. Since 2011, he has been the President of the European Liberal Democrat and Reform Party.

  6. Malcolm Adams

    Malcolm Adams


    Malcolm Adams is a Scottish former professional footballer. He was born in Rothesay and grew up in Dumfries.

  7. Peter Monie

    Peter Monie


    Peter William Monie CSI (30 March 1877 – 11 December 1946) was a British administrator in India who later became a clergyman and was first honorary general secretary of Toc H, from 1925 to 1935.

  8. Jim McAlister (Scottish footballer)

    Jim McAlister (Scottish footballer)


    James Duncan "Jim" McAlister (born 2 November 1985 in Rothesay) is a Scottish footballer who plays for Blackpool.

  9. George Spence (footballer)

    George Spence (footballer)


    George Spence (born 27 September 1877) was a Scottish professional footballer who played at either half-back or inside-forward for various clubs in Scotland and England around the turn of the twentieth century.

  10. Hugh Black (theologian)

    Hugh Black (theologian)


    Hugh Black (March 26, 1868 – April 6, 1953) was a Scottish-American theologian and author.

  11. Henry Robertson Bowers

    Henry Robertson Bowers


    Lieutenant Henry Robertson (Birdie) Bowers (29 July 1883 – 29 March 1912) was one of Robert Falcon Scott's polar party on the ill-fated Terra Nova expedition (1910–1913) who all died during their return from the South Pole.

  12. Leslie Hunter

    Leslie Hunter


    Leslie Stannard Hunter, DD was the second Bishop of Sheffield from 1939 until 1962. Born on 2 May 1890 and educated at Kelvinside Academy and New College, Oxford he was ordained in 1915 and began his career with curacies at St Peter's, Brockley and St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square. He was then a Residentiary Canon at Newcastle Cathedral after which he was Vicar of Barking. In 1930 he became Archdeacon of Northumberland, a post he held until his elevation to the Episcopate. An eminent author, he died on 15 July 1983.

  13. George Torrance (footballer)

    George Torrance (footballer)


    George Torrance is a retired Scottish professional footballer, who played as a left midfielder. He is best remembered for his time in the Football League with Brentford.

  14. Mike Gilbert (rugby player)

    Mike Gilbert (rugby player)


    Graham Duncan McMillan "Mike" Gilbert (1 March 1911 – 13 February 2002) was a New Zealand rugby union and rugby league player. A rugby union fullback, Gilbert represented Buller and West Coast at a provincial level, and was a member of the New Zealand national side, the All Blacks, from 1935 to 1936. He played 27 matches for the All Blacks including four internationals.

  15. Alexander Jamieson

    Alexander Jamieson


    Alexander Jamieson (1782–1850) was a Scottish writer and schoolmaster of the early 19th century, now best known as a rhetorician. He has been described as in effect a professional textbook writer. After the failure of the school he worked as an actuary.

  16. Iain Napier

    Iain Napier


    Iain John Grant Napier (born 10 April 1949) is a Scottish businessman, currently Chairman of Imperial Tobacco, a British multinational tobacco company, and the world’s fourth-largest cigarette company measured by market share. Napier is also non-executive Chairman of John Menzies plc and Chairman of McBride plc. He is a Director of Molson Coors since July 2008. He is a Director of William Grant & Sons since 2009.

  17. John McIndoe (printer)

    John McIndoe (printer)


    John McIndoe (29 November 1858–4 April 1916) was a New Zealand printer. He was born in Rothesay, Bute, Scotland on 29 November 1858.

  18. Leslie Hunter

    Leslie Hunter


    George Leslie Hunter (7 August 1877 – 7 December 1931), was christened simply George Hunter, but he adopted the name Leslie in San Francisco, and Leslie Hunter, became his professional name. Showing an aptitude for drawing at an early age, he was largely self-taught, receiving only elementary painting lessons from a family acquaintance. A Scottish painter, he also spent fifteen formative years from the age of fifteen in the USA, mainly in California. He was later regarded as one of the four artists of the Scottish Colourists group of painters. Following his youth in California, he returned to Scotland, painting and drawing there and in Paris. Subsequently, he traveled widely in Europe, especially in the South of France, but also in the Netherlands, the Pas de Calais and Italy. Hunter painted a variety of still-lifes, landscapes and portraits, and his paintings are critically acclaimed for their treatment of light and the effects of light. They became popular with more progressive critics and collectors during his lifetime and have grown to command high prices since his death, becoming among the most popular in Scotland.

  19. Jane Ross (footballer)

    Jane Ross (footballer)

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    Jane Ross (born 18 September 1989) is a Scottish professional footballer who currently plays for Vittsjö GIK in the Swedish Damallsvenskan and the Scotland women's national team.

  20. Sheina Marshall

    Sheina Marshall


    Sheina MacAlister Marshall OBE FRSE FRS (20 April 1896, Rothesay - 7 April 1977) was a Scottish marine zoologist who worked at the Scottish Marine Biological Association, at Millport, Cumbrae. She was "a well known authority on two interrelated subjects: the physiology and life history of copepods (especially the genus Calanus), and the characteristics of marine productivity."

  21. Archibald Lamont

    Archibald Lamont


    Archibald Lamont FRSE FGS (1907-1985) was a Scottish geologist, palaeontologist and Scottish Nationalist writer and politician. He named the trilobite genus Wallacia after William Wallace.

  22. Andrew Fulton (Party chairman)

    Andrew Fulton (Party chairman)

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    Robert Andrew Fulton (born 6 February 1944) was appointed chairman of the Scottish Conservative Party in February 2008. Fulton was previously a member of HM Diplomatic Service from 1968-1999 with postings in Saigon, Rome, East Berlin, Oslo and the UK mission to the UN in New York and finally Washington DC.

  23. John Anderson (footballer born 1879)

    John Anderson (footballer born 1879)


    John Anderson (born 1879 in Rothesay, Argyll and Bute, Scotland) was a footballer who played in the Football League for Chesterfield Town.

  24. Stephen Reynolds (footballer)

    Stephen Reynolds (footballer)


    Stephen Reynolds (born 11 June 1992, in Rothesay) is a Scottish footballer who plays as a striker. He currently plays for St. Johnstone.

  25. Billy McIsaac

    Billy McIsaac


    Billy McIsaac (born William McIsaac, 12 July 1949, Rothesay, Scotland) is a musician, who played mainly keyboards since his early days with different pop bands.

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