Wallace voted top Scot

Braveheart legend William Wallace has been voted the top Scot of all time, a new poll revealed today.

Braveheart legend William Wallace has been voted the top Scot of all time, a new poll revealed today.

Wallace, played by Mel Gibson in the 1995 Oscar-winning film, headed a readers’ poll of the 100 Greatest Scots in tomorrow’s Sunday Mail newspaper.

Second on the list was national bard Robert Burns, while actor Sir Sean Connery was the highest-ranked living Scot in seventh place, one ahead of Glaswegian comic Billy Connolly.

Former Rangers and Scotland striker Ally McCoist was the nation’s favourite footballer in 11th place, with Govan-born Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson in 14th.

Harry Potter author JK Rowling made it into 17th place, actor Ewan McGregor was 18th and Olympic curling champion Rhona Martin - unknown to most Scots two months ago - came 19th.

Scotland’s contribution to medicine and technology featured heavily in the poll, with John Logie Baird, the inventor of television, edging out the creator of the telephone, Alexander Graham Bell, for third spot.

Fifth was Alexander Fleming, who invented penicillin, while Sir James Simpson, the surgeon who pioneered chloroform as an anaesthetic, came 10th.

Farther down the list, Travis singer Fran Healy was 36th, Sharleen Spiteri of Texas made it into 63rd place and Dolly the Sheep polled 76th.

Prime Minister Tony Blair - who was born and educated in Edinburgh - scraped on to the list in 95th place, far behind his predecessor as Labour leader, the late John Smith, who was 21st.

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