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Galashiels has enjoyed success and profile nationally and internationally through individuals and teams who have developed their talent locally and gained fame on an even greater stage.

In sport, Gala Rugby Club contributed 30 internationalists to the Scotland national team in its first one hundred years; perhaps most notably, six Gala men played for the Scotland XV who defeated England on successive Saturdays in March 1971.

Success has also come in other sports, including the high profile victory for Ryan Mania in the 2013 Grand National at Aintree which was joyously celebrated throughout the town and by Galaleans across the world.

Galashiels has also been the birthplace of two artists of note – Thomas Clapperton and Ann Redpath – as well as influential townspeople who are celebrated for their interesting or extraordinary achievements, rather than fame alone.

In addition to those noted above, this section profiles of some of Galashiels’ most noteworthy characters from the past and present, including renowned chemist Arthur Lapworth, a pioneer in the field of physical organic chemistry and Scotland international footballer John Collins.

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Jimmy Curran

Jimmy Curran

Date and place of birth: 1 Bank Court, Galashiels, 1880 Jimmy Curran was brought up in Galashiels and emigrated ...
E. Douglas Whitehead

E. Douglas Whitehead

Date and place of birth: Galashiels, 24 August 1939 E. Douglas Whitehead was an eminent Urologist who was ...
Eric Melrose ‘Winkle’ Brown (CBE, DSC, AFC, Hon FRAeS, RN)

Eric Melrose ‘Winkle’ Brown (CBE, DSC, AFC, Hon FRAeS, RN)

Date and place of birth: Leith (Edinburgh), 21 January 1919  Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown was one of the world’s ...
Andrew ‘Jock’ Wemyss

Andrew ‘Jock’ Wemyss

Date and place of birth: Galashiels, 22 May 1893 International rugby player Jock Wemyss was a ...
Chris Paterson

Chris Paterson

Date and place of birth: Edinburgh, 30 March 1978 Chris Paterson (‘Mossy’) is a former professional rugby player
Ryan Mania

Ryan Mania

Date and place of birth: Galashiels, 23 December 1989 Ryan Mania provided Galashiels with one of its outstanding
Arthur Lapworth

Arthur Lapworth

Date and place of birth: Galashiels, 10 October 1862 Arthur Lapworth, a pioneer in the field of physical organic
John Collins

John Collins

Date and place of birth: Galashiels, 31 January 1968 Throughout his 19-year career, John Collins, a former pupil
George Hope Tait

George Hope Tait

Date and place of birth: Innerleithen, 1861  A prominent amateur painter and a discerning patron of the ...
Ann Redpath

Ann Redpath

Date and place of birth: Scott Street, Galashiels, 1895 Ann Redpath, an artist, was born in Galashiels but moved
Thomas Clapperton

Thomas Clapperton

Date and place of birth: Bridge Street, Galashiels, 14 October 1879 An outstanding and globally-renowned ...

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