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The Inventive Scots – magnet

The Inventive Scots – magnet

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Oor ain culture

Culture is one of the main things that define a country. It makes one place on a map more than simply in a different location to another place on a map. Scotland is no exception to this. From our tartans and traditions, to our writing, music, languages and so much more, the culture that has come to define Scotland has become known around the world.

Cringe no more

In the centuries since the birth of the union in 1707, Scots have been gradually all been taught to dislike, dismiss, or even flat out deny our culture. Known as the Scottish Cringe, this in-built censor manifests in all sorts of ways, often near words like 'twee' and 'parochial'. Bringing a focus and sense of worth to Scottish culture is one of the main aims of Indy Prints.

About this piece

For a tiny wee nation on the edge of Europe, Scotland has had an unexpectedly large influence on the world since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution. Is it because of the long dark nights, a relentless Calvanist spirit, or something else? Who can say.

The artwork

This print collects 40 inventions and discoveries made by Scots and people living in Scotland.

c14th Golf – Unknown • 1614 Logarithims – John Napier1694 Bank Of England – William Paterson1750 Discovering the properties of Carbon dioxide – Joseph Black1775 S-Trap (first modern toilet) – Alexander Cumming1776 Modern economics – Adam Smith1777 Grand piano – John Broadwood1779 Modern swing plough – James Small1781 Steam engine – James Watt1785 Geology (shown: the Hutton Section in Holyrood Park) – James Hutton1786 Statistical line charts, bar charts and pie charts – William Playfair1816 Macadam road – John Loudon McAdam1817 Kaleidoscope – David Brewster1824 Mackintosh raincoat – Charles Macintosh1827 Screw propellor – Robert Wilson1831 Identifying the nucleus in living cells – Robert Brown1839 Digestive biscuit – Alexander Grant1841 Electric Clock – Alexander Bain1847 Pioneering the use of surgical anaesthesia with chloroform – James Young Simpson1848 Determining the value of absolute zero – William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin*1853 Hypodermic syringe – Alexander Wood1861 Colour photography (shown: the first colour photograph) – James Clerk Maxwell1861 Theory of electromagnetism – James Clerk Maxwell1864 Devising the diagrammatic system of representing chemical bonds – Alexander Crum Brown1869 Pedal bike – Kirkpatrick Macmillan & Thomas McCall1876 Telephone (shown: Bell's first phone) – Alexander Graham Bell1880 Development of criminal fingerprinting – Henry Faulds1887 Sherlock Holmes – Arthur Conan Doyle1888 Horsehead Nebula – Williamina Fleming1888 Pneumatic tyre – Robert William Thomson & John Boyd Dunlop • 1892 Vacuum flask – James Dewar1893 Toaster – Alan MacMasters1920 Peter Pan – J M Barrie • 1922 BBC (shown: their motto) – John Reith1926 Television (shown: Baird's Televisor) – John Logie Baird1928 Penicillin – Alexander Fleming1935 Pioneer in development of radar – Robert Watson-Watt1980 Development of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Scanner – John Mallard1996 The first cloned mammal (Dolly the Sheep) – Ian Wilmut* & Keith Campbell*1998 Pelamis wave energy device – Richard Yemm.
* working in Scotland

Product details

  • Made in Scotland
  • Digitally printed
  • 60x95mm
  • extra strong 1.5mm thick magnet
  • laminated to give a glossy durable finish


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Items are printed to order, so expect your order to take around 7-14 days to arrive. Items sent within the UK are sent Second Class or Second Class Signed For on larger value orders. Royal Mail aim to deliver all second class items in three working days. Non-UK orders are sent by Royal Mail and their international partner carriers and will take approximately 14-21 days to arrive. 

Shipping cost

Orders are sent Second Class or Second Class Signed for, depending on the order value. The shipping prices per order are the best I can estimate to cover the posting cost and packing materials.

Why I don't offer free shipping

As a small business, I source the products in my shop as locally and ethically as I can and I keep those products as affordably priced as possible when I sell them. Because of this – and because I pay my fair share of taxes – I cannot offer free shipping.

Shipping method

  • A1 and A2 prints are posted rolled up in a mailing tube and are only ever combined in posting with A3 posters. Other items will be posted separately. If there is more than one print, they will be rolled together.
  • A3 posters are posted rolled up in a mailing tube. If there is more than one poster, they will be rolled together. If your order includes additional items from below, the order will be posted in an A3 board-backed envelope, with the poster(s) bagged with an additional board back. If you order more than one poster and need extra sleeves and backs because they are presents, please note on the cart page how many extra are needed.
  • Calendars are posted singly in a calendar envelope, apart from Beautiful Scotland calendars, which will be in an A4 board-backed envelope. Multiple calendars are sent in an A3 board-backed envelope.
  • Mounted prints are posted in an A4 board-backed envelope for up to three, or in an A3 board-backed envelope for more. Any mounted print ordered with a calendar or A3 poster will be posted in an A3 board-backed envelope.
  • Cards are sent in a A5 board-backed envelope for up to ten cards, or an A4 board-backed envelope for orders of over ten. Cards ordered with a calendar or A3 poster will be in an A3 board-backed envelope.
  • Magnets are posted in an A6 board-backed envelope for up to three magnets or an A5 bubble envelope for four or more. Magnets ordered along with any of the items above will be in the relevant larger envelope.  

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If you need extra envelopes or tubes, so that you can post items you order as gifts, you can buy some here.

Multiple discounts

You can make save money at Indy Prints when you buy three or more items, in the following groups:

Card and magnets

  • Buy any 3 items and get 50p off your order – code:  50poff-3
  • Buy any 6 items and get £1.50 off your order  – code:  150poff-6

    A3 posters, calendars and mounted prints

    • Buy any 3 items and get £1.50 off your order  – code:  150poff-3
    • Buy any 6 items and get £4 off your order  – code:  400poff-6

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