Fiona is an award-winning broadcaster and writer for both BBC and ITV – and has made fishing programmes for Sky TV. She currently makes programmes on life in the South of Scotland for ITV Border. She also writes a column for Scottish Field magazine and The Courier newspaper. Fiona has written two fishing books and two cook books and is now working on a book about Queen Victoria. Her hobbies are angling, cooking and clan history.
BBC News presenter Fiona Armstrong has been a familiar face on national and regional news for many years.
Her work overseas includes programmes on Aids orphans in Africa and the removal of landmines in Cambodia. At home she has covered stories from domestic violence to politics. Other feature work includes subjects from farming to fishing, from cooking to antiques.
Fiona has columns in the Scottish Field and The Courier. She also presents a programme called Border Life which looks at life in the south of Scotland. In January 2016, Fiona was appointed her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Dumfries. She is married to a Scottish clan chief, so tartan and clans feature widely in her life.
Rosemary was born in Dunbar and studied social and erconomic history at the University of St Andrews; and, after graduation worked at W&R Chambers as a reference editor. Rosemary was the literary editor of Scotland on Sunday, followed by a brief spell as editor of Life & Work, the Church of Scotland’s magazine, before returning to newspapers as literary editor of the Herald and later also of the Sunday Herald. In 2007 she published Scotland: The Autobiography: 2000 years of Scottish History By Those Who Saw it Happen, which has since been published in America. Her other historical novels are After Flodden, Dacre’s War and Scotland: Her Story.
Born in 1964 into a family of renowned plantsmen, Kenneth Cox is grandson of planthunter, writer and nurseryman Euan Cox and son of Peter Cox VMH. The three generations were and are considered the world’s leading experts on rhododendrons. Kenneth, himself a nurseryman and author of numerous books on rhododendrons, has carved out his particular niche in the world of plant hunting in leading 9 expeditions to South and South-East Tibet and Aranachal Pradesh, India, 1995 to present. He graduated in 1986 at the University of Birmingham, with a BA in General Arts and a diploma in commerce.
Kenneth is managing director of the family firm Glendoick Gardens Ltd in Scotland, a garden centre and mail order nursery specialising in Rhododendrons, Azaleas, Ericaceous plants, Meconopsis, Primula and other plans collected by the Cox family around the world. Kenneth is married with two sons and in his spare time plays several musical instruments. He sits on the board of Trellis, and is patron of Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden in Tasmania.
He is author of 12 books.
Magnus Linklater CBE is a Scottish journalist, writer and former newspaper editor. Magus was born in Orkney and is the son of Scottish writer, Eric Linklater. He began his career in journalism in 1964, worked with The Times from 1969-1983 and moved to The Observer as Managing Editor (News) before being recruited to launch and edit the London Daily News. Magnus returned to Scotland in 1988 to become editor of The Scotsman until 1994. Magnus was the Scottish Editor of The Times from 2007-2012. Since then he has continued as a regular columnist for The Times, presented a discussion programme for BBC Radio Scotland and has written a number of books on Scottish history and politics. Magnus is currently the chairman of Horsecross Arts Ltd.
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