Who do you believe to be the greatest Glaswegian that ever has been? This summer we are featuring the top 50 women and men who have helped to put Glasgow on the map.

Once they have been revealed, we will be holding a public vote to find the winner. Today, we feature two Glaswegian’s who have done some incredible things: Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada’s first prime minister, and Dorothy Paul, the glamorous stage icon who gave stingy Tam a literal run for his money with her appearance in Still Game.

Sir John A. Macdonald

SIR John Macdonald was the first prime minister of the Dominion of Canada from 1857-1878 and was known for leading the country through its period of early growth.

Born in Ramshorn Parish in Glasgow in 1815, John’s father was an unsuccessful merchant. After his father’s business ventures left the family in debt, they immigrated to Kingston in upper Canada to join other relatives who were already there.

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John’s parents decided that he should become a lawyer after leaving school, as it was known as a ‘well-trodden path to comfort, influence, even to power’ according to John’s biographer, Donald Creighton. Under pressure to earn money quickly to support his family, John complained in adulthood that he had ‘no boyhood’ because ‘from the age of 15, I began to earn my own living.’

And what a living it turned out to be.

Called to the bar in 1836, John was elected to the assembly of the Province of Canada as a Conservative in 1844 after the British parliament united the previously separated districts of Canada.

John worked towards the unification of Canada and the strengthening its ties to Britain, and was elected as the prime minister in 1857.

Under John’s leadership, Canada quickly grew to include different provinces including Manitoba, British Columbia and Prince Edward Island.

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Although John was forced to resign after the Pacific Scandal of 1873, where his government was accused of taking bribes in regard to the Pacific railway contract, he returned as prime minister five years later and served until his death.

During his final years as prime minister, John helped complete the Pacific railway and dealt with the rebellion in the northwest. Throughout his time as government leader, loyalty to the British Empire and independence from America was of the highest importance to John. He declared ‘A British subject I was born, a British subject I will die.’

Dorothy Paul

SAUCY screen-siren that she is, Dorothy Paul is a legend of Glasgow theatre.

She is particularly famous for being the woman stingier Still Game’s Tam, appearing in the episode ‘Saucy’ carrying a handbagful of brown-sauce packets and travelling in the luggage stowaway of a bus to Finport from Craiglaing to avoid the fare.

Born in Dennistoun in Glasgow, Dorothy has graced screens and stages all over Scotland.

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Dorothy started her career in the late 1960s with roles in television shows such as the Revenue Men, Sutherland’s Law and Garnock Way.

After many successful years with various stage performances, including a live show, she made her guest appearances in Taggart and, of course, as the effervescent and unbelievable Molly Drummond in Still Game.

It was in this role that Tam said her ‘tightfistedness drove him crazy’, and that she was more complex than ‘a crossword in The Herald’.

Another one of her most-loved and best-played role was as Magrit in the television adaption of Tony Roper’s Glasgow play, The Steamie.

The adaptation is seen as one of Scotland’s most loved television broadcasts, and it was on this that Dorothy delivered her iconic, ‘Isn’t it wonderful to be a woman’ speech, explaining what it was to be a woman in Glasgow in the 1950s.

“Isn’t it wonderful to be a woman? You get up at the crack of dawn, you get the breakfast ready, you get the weans ready and oot the hoose looking as respectable as you can afford and you wash the dishes, finish the ironing, maybe give the floor a skite over, and then you’re away to yer ain wee job, maybe cleaning offices or serving in a shop or washing stairs. You finish your work and back in your hoose to mair work. What are we? We’re skivvies. Unpaid skivvies.”

Outside her acting roles, Dorothy became noted for her one-woman shows where she demonstrated her talent for impersonation’s of Glasgow characters. She is also a patron of the Family Addiction Support Service, a charity in Glasgow offering support to those affected by drug and alcohol addictions.