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A Celebration of Scotland's Treasures

Save the Date | Thursday, April 16, 2020

Please join us this spring for an evening of Scottish music, dining, and dancing! The festive occasion has celebrated Scottish heritage, from poetry and dancing to whisky and haggis, for more than a decade. A highlight of the evening is the presentation of the Great Scot Award, and this year, we are delighted to honor award-winning crime novelist Denise Mina.

Denise Mina

2020 Great Scot Award Honoree

The recipient of the 2020 Great Scot Award is award-winning crime novelist Denise Mina, whose novel Conviction was published to critical acclaim earlier this year.

Mina is known as one of the major figures in the genre of Tartan Noir, which merges the traditions of Scottish literature as practiced by Robert Louis Stevenson and Arthur Conan Doyle with the hard-boiled anti-heroes of American detective fiction.

In addition to Conviction, Mina is the author of the stand-alone true crime reimagining The Long Drop, as well as the Paddy Meehan, Alex Morrow, and Maureen O’Donnell series. She received the John Creasy Memorial Award for best first crime novel for Garnethill and has twice received the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award.

“We are thrilled to honor one of the leading voices in contemporary crime fiction at such an exciting moment in her career,” said Charlotte Lyeth Burton, chair of The National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA. “Denise Mina’s novels brings the gritty city of Glasgow to life for readers from far beyond Scotland. In many ways, the city itself is a character as much as it is the setting for her work.”

The National Trust for Scotland cares for nearly 100 natural and cultural heritage properties across Scotland, including several important sites in Glasgow that have literary connections to Ms. Mina’s work: Alexander “Greek” Thomson’s Holmwood House and the Tenement House, located in the Garnethill neighborhood.

Tickets will be on sale early spring 2020. 

Looking Back

2019 A Celebration of Scotland's Treasures

The National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA’s annual gala, A Celebration of Scotland’s Treasures, drew tartan-clad international philanthropists to New York’s Metropolitan Club on Thursday, April 11, 2019. The Great Scot Award was presented to sculptor Andy Scott, best known for his monumental equine installation The Kelpies. Under the guidance of honorary chair Naoma Tate, and co-chairs Alan Cumming and Grant Shaffer, Christopher Forbes, Joan Kahn, and Susi and Alasdair Nichol, the event raised over $310,000 to support the work of National Trust for Scotland, that country’s largest conservation charity.


Event Photography

Follow the links below to view photos from the 2019 A Celebration of Scotland’s Treasures gala.

Annie Watt Photography

Matt Gillis Photography

2019 A Celebration of Scotland’s Treasures Image Gallery

About the Great Scot Award

The Great Scot Award is presented annually to a Scot or American who has contributed to the countries’ shared heritage. The recipient is selected by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees and the award presentation is the highlight of the annual gala, A Celebration of Scotland’s Treasures

Great Scot Award Honorees

  • Honorees 2008-2016


    Phyllis Logan

    Actor, best known for her roles as Mrs. Hughes on Downton Abbey and Lady Jane Felsham on Lovejoy.


     Sir Billy Connolly

    Stand up comedian, actor, musician, TV presenter, and artist


    Richard Scott

    10th Duke of Buccleuch and the 12th Duke of Queensbury


    Ian Gow

    Chief Curator, National Trust for Scotland


    The International Alliance for the Advancement of Scottish Roots Music


    Mrs. Thomas J. Hubbard



    Christopher Forbes

    Vice chairman of Forbes Inc., noted collector and connoisseur


    Alan Cumming

    Award-Winning Actor, Singer, Writer, Producer, Director, and Author


    Alexander McCall Smith

    Internationally Acclaimed Author

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