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Great Scots to inspire Holyrood

Scottish Parliament building
Holyrood's committee rooms are currently known only by number

Six renowned Scots are to become a daily inspiration to MSPs as they carry out their work at Holyrood.

The Scottish Parliament has announced it will name its committee rooms after historical figures who made a significant contribution to the nation.

The six rooms are currently known only by number.

Poet Robert Burns and explorer David Livingstone are among those to be picked from a list of 170 nominations proposed by 45 MSPs.

The others are women's education pioneer Mary Fairfax Somerville, Nobel prize winner Sir Alexander Fleming, physicist James Clerk Maxwell, economist Adam Smith.

Oak name-plates for each room are expected to cost a total of £2,000.

'Eclectic mix'

Alex Fergusson, presiding officer of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, said: "We agreed that nominations should focus on historical figures, Scots-born or otherwise, who made a significant contribution to Scotland and the wider world.

"It was no easy task but we are pleased to have reached a final six which span the fields of science, literature, education, medicine, economics, missionary work, exploration and beyond.

"It's an eclectic mix from a range of disciplines, but one which perhaps says something about the breadth and depth of Scottish talent down the years.

"This is our small tribute to six individuals who made a significant contribution to the advancement of our nation."

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