Eight things you never realised were Scottish

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Prepare to have your mind blown.

1. The Bank of England


This was actually proposed by Scottish trader Sir William Paterson.

2. Chicken Tikka Masala

Glaswegian chef Ali Ahmed Aslam claims to have invented this dish in the 1970s, although this is disputed.

3. Christmas Trees


These are traditionally made out of Scottish pine trees, and still are the most commonly used Christmas tree in America.

4. Hypnotism


Scottish surgeon James Braid is considered the "father of hypnosis".

5. Lime Cordial


This was first bottled and sold by the son of a Leith shipbuilder, Lachlan Rose who patented the method.

6. The Fax Machine


An early prototype of this was invented by Scottish engineer Alexander Band between 1843-1846. He also invented the electric clock.

7. Indoor toilet


According to historian Allan Burnett, the earliest indoor toilet - dating back to around 3200-2200BC - was found in the wall of a village in Skara Brae, Orkney.

8. Colour photography


Scottish physicist James Clerk Maxwell took the first permanent colour photograph of this tartan ribbon in 1861.

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