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Members' business: William Murdoch, The Scot who lit the world

SNP MSP Adam Ingram led a member's debate on 'William Murdoch, The Scot who lit the world' on 6 November 2012.

William Murdoch was born and grew up in the Ayrshire village of Lugar and was responsible for the production of the first steam carriage as well as gas lighting.

In his motion Mr Ingram welcomes the celebrations surrounding the 200th anniversary of the gas industry and, in particular, the opportunity to recognise the contribution made by William Murdoch, 1754-1839.

SNP MSP Adam Ingram said that William Murdoch was "an engineering genius" and this placed him "in the pantheon of the great pioneers of the first industrial revolution"

He also said that "In these days of the puerile celebrity culture he is as role model that deserves to be promoted to our young people today".

Energy Secretary Fergus Ewing paid tribute to "the extraordinarily inventive mind and works of William Murdoch".

Mr Ewing said it was right to mark the achievements of the gas industry in Scotland which was "hugely successful".

He concluded by saying that William Murdoch was "a great Scot, and the Scot who lit the world."

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