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The 10 Greatest Britons

Postby HesitationKills » Mon 18 Aug 2003 16:31 GMT

The final BBC World result is as follows:

Name and year Percentage votes
Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727) 21.4
Sir Winston Churchill (1874- 1965) 17
Princess Diana (1961- '97) 13
William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616) 12.1
Charles Darwin (1809 -'82) 10.1
John Lennon (1940 - '80) 8
Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806-'59) 7.9
Elizabeth I (1533 - 1603) 6.1
Oliver Cromwell (1599 - 1658) 2.2
Horatio Nelson, Viscount Nelson (1758 - 1805) 2.1

Can't say I agree with the above. Diana wouldn't be so high and Darwin wouldn't be so low. What do you think?
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Postby Kay » Mon 18 Aug 2003 16:40 GMT

Very interesting. I agree, I wouldn't have put Diana so high either. However she did have an incredible following. Remember there was even talk about her being canonised. :shock:

There doesn't seem to be very many Scots in there either.

How about modern Brits? Who would you rate as great Britons alive today?
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Postby Squiffy » Mon 18 Aug 2003 17:00 GMT

Maggie should be up ther ein the top three IMHO!

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Postby Not-Lorna » Mon 18 Aug 2003 17:56 GMT

Should have been called Great Englishpeople! Yes, there should have been more Scots especially as they invented just about EVERYTHING!!!
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Postby Mike » Tue 19 Aug 2003 00:15 GMT

The English Broadcasting Corporation rigged it :wink:

Seriously, who determines who's on the list? By the time the public gets to vote, the short list has been drawn up.

So here's a few of my non-rigged suggestions, in no particular order -

Andrew Carnegie
John Logie Baird
Charles Rennie McIntosh
William Adam
Alexander Graham Bell
Billy Connolly
Sweyn Asliefarsson (Sweyn the Pirate)
The Brahn Seer
Thomas the Rhymer
Timothy Pont
Cameron Stout
Neil M Gunn
Sir James Gunn (who discovered America in 1398, though some guy called Columbus had the ear of the press, and collared the credit almost a century later)
King James VI (who managed to become the I of a small neighbouring plot of land)
Rob Donn
William Forbes
Kay McMahon
Lawrence of Arabia
John Smith (remember him?)
Lex McLean
Stan Laurel (now how many of you know he was a Scot?)


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Postby Squiffy » Tue 19 Aug 2003 07:52 GMT

Kay McMahon


BOHOF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :twisted:

Never heard of most of those Mike, must be all Jocks................ :twisted: :twisted:

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Postby Tim » Tue 19 Aug 2003 08:22 GMT

Lorna wrote:Should have been called Great Englishpeople! Yes, there should have been more Scots especially as they invented just about EVERYTHING!!!



Mike wrote:Seriously, who determines who's on the list? By the time the public gets to vote, the short list has been drawn up.



Here's the gen from the BBC website. I guess the Scots were just a wee bit too careful to make the phone call...

A great Briton is defined as anyone who was born in the British Isles, including Ireland; or anyone who lived in the British Isles, including Ireland, and who has played a significant part in the life of the British Isles.

The top 100 was arrived at following a BBC poll last Autumn. The BBC launched a publicity campaign and ran a series of trails asking people to nominate their greatest Briton of all time by phone or through the BBC website.

Over 30,000 people responded and the results were collated. From this we have the top 100 that will be counted down in order from 100-11 in the Great Britons launch programme on Sunday 20 October, followed by the announcement of the top ten in alphabetical order.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/pressr ... tons.shtml
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Postby Savannah_Alan » Tue 19 Aug 2003 15:30 GMT

Clement Attlee.

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Postby chabrenas » Tue 19 Aug 2003 16:35 GMT

played a significant part in the life of the British Isles.

Hm-m-m-m. For better or for worse? Most people seem to have taken this to mean that what they achieved is at least popular with a significant portion of the population in retrospect.

I second Squiffy's nomination of Maggie. People seem to forget the direction the country was heading in when she took over. I guess I'll agree with Clem Attlee too, although I wouldn't have said so at the time - even if I'd been old enough to judge. No question about many of the people on Mike Clark's list, either

Here are a few more for the list:

- Sir Francis Drake
- Charles Dickens (even though I can't stand his writing style)
- Lord Lister
- Sir Peter Medawar
- Admiral Lord St Vincent
- Michael Faraday
- Humphrey Davy
... and a host of scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs who brought about the Industrial Revolution without civil war.
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Postby chabrenas » Tue 19 Aug 2003 16:37 GMT

played a significant part in the life of the British Isles.

Hm-m-m-m. For better or for worse? Most people seem to have taken this to mean that what they achieved is at least popular with a significant portion of the population in retrospect.

I second Squiffy's nomination of Maggie. People seem to forget the direction the country was heading in when she took over. I guess I'll agree with Clem Attlee too, although I wouldn't have said so at the time - even if I'd been old enough to judge. No question about many of the people on Mike Clark's list, either

Here are a few more for the list:

- Sir Francis Drake
- Charles Dickens (even though I can't stand his writing style)
- Lord Lister
- Sir Peter Medawar
- Admiral Lord St Vincent
- Michael Faraday
- Humphrey Davy
... and a host of scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs who brought about the Industrial Revolution without civil war.
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Postby chabrenas » Tue 19 Aug 2003 16:41 GMT

....and Sir Robert Peel.
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Postby CustomStrat » Tue 19 Aug 2003 17:00 GMT

How about Sir Alexander Fleming, Dylan Thomas and Cliff Richard? :wink:
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Postby chabrenas » Tue 19 Aug 2003 19:20 GMT

Sir Alexander Fleming

Thanks. I gave up trying to remember his name, an hoped it would come to me later.
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Postby Not-Lorna » Tue 19 Aug 2003 21:16 GMT

To add to Mike's list:

Eric Liddle (Chariots of Fire)
Dr David Livingston
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Postby Savannah_Alan » Wed 20 Aug 2003 03:14 GMT

chabrenas wrote:
People seem to forget the direction the country was heading in when she took over.


But they sure as hell won't forget the state of it when we finally got rid of her! :evil:

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