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Eight things you never realised were Scottish

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Prepare to have your mind blown.


1. The Bank of England

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This was actually proposed by Scottish trader Sir William Paterson.


2. Chicken Tikka Masala

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

3. Christmas Trees

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


4. Hypnotism

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


5. Lime Cordial

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


6. The Fax Machine

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


7. Indoor toilet

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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

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

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