113 Scotland 1906
This 1906 map of Scotland shows most of the major land features of the area, as well as notable cities and townships. The inset features a half scale rendering showcasing the Shetland's and Orkneys. A small portion of Ireland and England can also be seen in the lower half of the map.
Scotland made a few impressionable history notes in 1906. Shipping had long been a mainstay in the region, and on June 7th of that year, the world's largest ship was produced at Clydebank. John Brown & Company produced the RMS Lusitania. It was a Cunard liner, capable of hauling massive amounts of cargo. The Canadian Pacific RMS Empress of Ireland steamship was also christened. This occurred at Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering company, at Govan. Finally, Yarrow shipbuilding would move their operation from London to Scotstoun. Shipbuilding was beginning to develop into a thriving industry in Scotland at the time. In 1906, it was coming-of-age.
Scotland also saw a few notable births and deaths that same year. Fionn Maccalla, a famous novelist with ties the the renaissance, was born on March 4th, and literary historian Gilbert Highet. He arrived on June 22nd. Meanwhile, the writer, William Stewart Ross, and famous engineer James Blyth were both died that year. Ross was one of the more prolific writers of his day. Blyth was an electrical engineer who served as a professor at Anderson's College (known now as the Universoty of Strathclyde). He was the first person to harness the power of the wind and use it to construct a wind turbine, capable of producing electricity. Over the next century, his invnetion would be modified and refined into modern day turbines, used by large power plants and other energy corporations. The reason wind turbines caught on to begin with was due to one clever idea... Blyth used his original creation to power his entire homestead in Maykirk validating the fact that an idea proven is always worthwhile.
Between the innovations, shipping industry, and scotch distilleries (single malt varieties given their unique flavor due to the salty air and wet weather conditions), Scotland ceretainly had a lot to manage.
Even in 1906, there was more going on than simple being a sleepy little nation by the sea. Scotland was beginning to thrive and her people were making strides that would impact the world.
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