Public nominations sought for plaques

Photographs from the opening day of the festival in Auchenblae the birthplace of James Taylor "the father of Ceylon Tea". 'Professor Angela McCarthy and Frances Humphreys a relative of James Taylor. ''Copyright Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES

Photographs from the opening day of the festival in Auchenblae the birthplace of James Taylor "the father of Ceylon Tea". 'Professor Angela McCarthy and Frances Humphreys a relative of James Taylor. ''Copyright Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES

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People in Kincardine and Mearns are being invited to submit their ideas for somebody to recognise with a commemorative plaque.

Historic Scotland’s plaque scheme, now in its third year, celebrates the life and achievements of significant persons from all walks of life, by placing a plaque on their home or a building that’s particularly associated with them.

People are invited to submit their nominations by filling in a short form on Historic Scotland’s website - www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/commemorativeplaques which asks two questions: why does their nominee deserve to be nominated, and what is the significance of their chosen building?

Only 12 plaques are awarded each year; an independent panel of experts assesses the nominations before making the final choice, which will then be announced in Spring 2015

Last year’s scheme sought nominations linked to Year of Natural Scotland while 2012/13 saw achievements in the arts and creative fields celebrated.

Announcing this year’s scheme, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop said: “Previous plaques have been unveiled to household names but not all nominees need be – many of the other plaques have been awarded to people who left significant legacies of their own, but have not been as widely recognised. This is an opportunity to address that.

“As opposed to previous years, when nominees had to be selected based on a particular theme, this year is an open theme which I’m sure will encourage a great variety of nominations from across the spectrum of Scottish life. I would very much like to see more nominations of women who have made a difference and there are many to choose from in Scotland.“

Closing date for nominations is January 31, 2015. Nominations can be made online http://www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/proposeplaque

The criteria for nominating an individual are that they should: have been dead for at least 20 years and also have passed the centenary of their birth; be closely associated with a building in Scotland that is still standing – this could be a home or any other type of building; Have made a significant contribution to any aspect of life in Scotland, whether in the arts, literature, architecture, medicine, business, charitable work, military service, engineering – there are no limitations.