Penicillin and Whisky Lead as Bagpipes Run Out of Puff – Shortlist Announced for Scotland

ScotsCare, the London based Scottish charity has announced the shortlist for Scotland’s Greatest Contribution to the World with the winner to be announced to mark St Andrew’s Day. The charity has previously conducted St Andrew’s Day searches for Scotland’s favourite Comedy Moment and Scotland’s Favourite Song.

Those to make the short list of 8 include Television, Rab C Nesbitt Golf and the Scotland’s favourite Irn Bru. Currently out in the lead is Penicillin which was discovered by scientist and Nobel laureate Alexander Flemming, in 1928. This is perhaps unsurprisingly followed closely by our national drink, whisky.

The full shortlist:

Scotch whisky


Irn Bru



Robert Burns and Auld Lang Syne

Rab C Nesbitt

Tartan and kilts

The most surprising contributions not to make the shortlist are surely bagpipes and the telephone which received no votes at all. Nessie, Robert Louis Stevenson and even the deep fried Mars Bar were also unfortunate not to make the final 8.

ScotsCare’s Chief Executive Willie Docherty said, “Penicillin, golf and television are really the significant contributions, whilst Irn Bru and might be required to offset the effects of too much Scotch. I do hope we can get away from tartan and kilts though and Rab C, unlike the other Rabbie, is well dated”

This is the charity’s third year of celebrating Scotland’ greatest achievements. A search for Scotland’s greatest comedy moment was won by David Tenant’s sketch with Catherine Tate for Comic Relief. Last year a search for Scotland’s favourite song was won by RunRig with their anthem Loch Lomond, Lulu presented the band with a commerative disc at a concert in London.

ScotsCare helps first and second generation Scots in London by providing; financial assistance, employment and training opportunities; a friendly face to visit them; social networks and housing.

Votes can be placed on ScotsCare’s website,

Contact: Elaine Begley
Phone: 07801 515585