A conversation on one of Scotland's many golf courses in the late 1980s, unlocked years of family history and roots to relatives across the Atlantic for the Landels family.
David Livingstone, the world-famous missionary and explorer, was born 200 years ago today in Blantyre.
John Muir, the Scottish naturalist, author, and early advocate of preservation of wilderness in the United States, is being honoured this year with the first ever John Muir Day on April 21.
We may be small, but we're punching well above our weight on an international level. Scotland and its people have played a major role in helping to develop the world as we know it today.
Scotland celebrates as it is named one of the world's first Fair Trade Nations.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will visit California and New York next month to promote the skills and expertise of Scotland to the North American community.
John Paul Jones (1747 - 1792) is famous in the United States as the 'Father of the American Navy'. A gardener's son from Kirkbean, Kircudbrightshire, Jones went to sea at the age of 13 and went on to become America's first naval hero in the American Revolutionary War.
On November 17th 2006, 500 guests gathered for a glittering banquet in a venue on 42nd Street to honour the 250th anniversary of the birth of the Saint Andrew's Society of New York. On a starry winter's night in lower Manhattan in 1756, the society's tiny band of Scots and Scots-American founders could never have imagined the connections between these two nations would grow to be so diverse and dynamic.
The Scots, like many small nations, have settled all over the world. It is estimated that around 50 million people around the globe claim Scottish descent but few nations have inspired in their diaspora such a profound sense of roots and identity as Scotland has.
Over 150 artists from the UK, including 37 acts from Scotland, performing at this year's South by Southwest festival in the US.