WHO IS the greatest Glaswegian of all time?

Over the next few weeks, we will be revealing more men and women who have put Glasgow on the map through politics, the arts, business, science, sport and more. Once all 100 have been revealed, it’s over to you – we will be launching a public vote to find out who you think should be number one.

Today, we reveal two more contenders for the title – composer Craig Armstrong and actress Molly Weir


Born in 1959 in the East End of Glasgow, Craig headed to London in 1977 to train at the Royal Academy of Music. On his return to his home city, Armstrong became in-house composer at theTron Theatre, which catapulted him into the world of Hollywood and film scores.

His wonderful, atmospheric music has included Bafta, Golden Globe and Novello award-winning soundtracks for Baz Luhrmann’s William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and Moulin Rouge.


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He has also provided music for Love Actually, Ray, World Trade Centre and many more.

Craig has also built up an impressive repertoire of both popular and classical music working with a diverse range of artists, from London Sinfonietta and Yoko Ono to his long term Glasgow collaborators like Paul Buchanan, Jerry Burns, James Grant and Katie O’Halloran.

He has worked all over the world, but remains based primarily in Glasgow, and in 2010 was given an OBE for his contribution to music.


The unmistakable Scottish tones of the housekeeper Aggie MacDonald in Life with the Lyons, on both radio and television, brought Molly Weir nationwide fame.

The hugely popular sitcom featured the husband-and-wife former American film stars Ben Lyon and Bebe Daniels, along with their real-life children, Barbara and Richard, all playing themselves. The stories claimed to be exaggerations of the family’s real-life antics.

Molly, born in 1910, is a former Evening Times Scotswoman of the Year and after she died in 2004, it was revealed she had

left £1.8million to charity.

She was loved by a generation of children as Hazel the McWitch in the children’s series Rentaghost and she became a familiar face in television commercials, particularly for Flash cleaners.


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Molly was brought up in a tenement in the Springburn area of the city by her mother and grandmother, following the death of her father in the First World War.

On leaving school, she trained as a secretary but influenced by her mother, who won prizes for old-time dancing, and her own love of singing and childhood trips to the cinema for the Saturday penny matinée, Weir eventually achieved her ambition of going on the stage.

She performed in amateur dramatics, then acted as a servant girl in The Pagans at the Glasgow Drama Festival, and a string of roles in film and telly followed including Carry On Regardless (1961), The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969), Scrooge (1970) and Bless This House (1972). She also appeared on stage alongside Margaret Rutherford in The Happiest Days of Your Life.

Molly was a much-loved, greatly-missed actress – could she be your greatest Glaswegian of all time?

Find out who is in the running so far at eveningtimes.co.uk