Unofficially dubbed “The Best Wee Country in the World”, Scotland is well known for its rugged natural beauty, the world-famous whisky it produces, and having weather and a national football side that always seem to let you down whenever you start to believe that something good might be happening.
It has a long and storied past of culture, music and traditions that are very much its own.
It has also had its fair share of those who have been on the wrong side of the law. Its history is filled with men and women that rebelled against the system and broke the law to further the ends of their countrymen and nation. People who are writ large across the tapestry of Scottish history - William Wallace, Rob Roy and Katy Barlass.
They are not the subject of this article. Instead, these are people from the modern era who committed crimes with no grander moral agenda or to try and overthrow an oppressive regime. Instead, these are people who broke the law, some of them in appalling ways, who just so happen to be Scottish.
Bear in mind that the following are not ranked in any way.
Matthew is a Marine Engineer to trade who currently works offshore.
In his spare time, he writes sub-standard Scottish crime fiction that can be found here:-
Originally brought up in the Western Isles of Scotland, he lived in Edinburgh for 15 years but now stay in Dunbar with his partner, son and dog.