Media Release: Texas star and Alex Salmond in race for the title, as charity for Scots in London announces shortlist for Scot of the Year 2011

SCOTSCARE, the charity for Scots in London have announced the shortlist for Scot of the Year 2011.

Texas star, Ally McErlaine is leading the votes in recognition of his remarkable recovery from a life-threatening brain haemorrhage and coming back with a European tour with Texas.

He is closely followed by Scottish First Minister, Alex Salmond, who was recently announced ‘Briton of the Year’, by The Times newspaper.

The full shortlist is:

  • Karen Gillan: For her continued success defying time as Amy Pond in Doctor Who
  • Andy Murray: For finishing the year on a high at No. 4 in the world
  • Lynne Ramsey: For the critically acclaimed film, ‘Let’s Talk about Kevin’
  • Gerry Rafferty (posthumous): For creating a timeless soundtrack
  • Ally McErlaine: For his remarkable recovery to complete a European tour with Texas
  • Alex Salmond: In recognition of his party’s election victory

JK Rowling, Rickie Burns, Craig Levein and Gordon Ramsay were amongst the nominees who didn’t make the shortlist this year. The award has been won previously by Gordon Brown, Susan Boyle and Gerard Butler.

Voting is available on charity website, The winner will be announced to mark Burns Day on the 25th of January.


ScotsCare is the charity for Scots in London in need, hardship or distress.

For further information contact:

Ross Trevail

020 7240 3718 / 07739897538

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