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Scotland Correspondent

Today is #TalkLikeAPirateDay but I think I’d rather drink like one, or to one at least – Captain John Gow who recently had a rum named after him.



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Orkney buccaneer Gow wasn’t a very good pirate but his name lives on nearly 300 years after he was executed because of two people. Daniel Defoe, the author of Robinson Crusoe wrote the first accounts of Gow’s trial and subsequent execution, and Sir Walter Scott. He based his novel The Pirate on Gow and that story later became the foundation for Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera The Pirate of Penzance, after they swapped Orkney for Cornwall.


Gow’s pirate career only lasted a matter of months during which time he raided merchant vessels in the waters off Spain and Portugal before making a fateful decision to return to Orkney where he was recognised.
Rather than surrender he began raiding the homes of wealthy Orkney families but was captured when his ship ran aground.

After being transported to London and a sensational trial he was hanged on 11 June 1725 at Execution Dock alongside his crew. Their bodies were then tarred and left to rot on the gibbet as a warning to others. See MoreSee Less

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There can be few memorials in the world dedicated to an event that has yet to happen but Scotland has one!
On international #StarTrekDay spare a thought for one of the world’s best known intergalactic space travellers – Scotty, chief engineer of the Starship Enterprise.
There is a blue commemorative plaque on the wall of the Annet House Museum in Linlithgow proudly proclaiming the town as the birthplace of Starfleet Master Engineer Montgomery Scott, who is due to be born on 28 June 2222.
Immortalised on screen by Canadian actor James Doolan fans of the Sci-Fi franchise, created by Gene Roddenberry, claim scripts from the original series suggest the character is (or will be) from Linlithgow 204 years from now
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Happy #BeerLoversDay. Why not celebrate with a good, craft beer from Scotland where we’ve got more than 115 award winning breweries to choose from? Considering the Scots have been drinking the stuff for more than 5,000 years I think we can claim to be pretty good at making it. Cheers!
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