On 13 August 1907 Scottish architect, Sir Basil Spence, was born.
. Spence was actually born in India, but was educated and spent most of his adult life working in Edinburgh, initially working for Sir William Kininmonth at the practice of Rowand Anderson and Paul. With work ranging from private housing to commercial and public buildings Spenve became known as an architect who attracted controversy for his striking contemporary designs. Perhaps his best known works are the new Coventry Cathedral, and Knightsbridge barracks in London.
On 13 August 1867 Sir William Craigie, the Scottish lexicographer, was born.
Craigie was regarded as the most eminent lexicographer of his day and spent from 1901-1933 as joint editor of the Oxford English Dictionary. His other passion was the Scots language, and he proposed a Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue as early as 1919.
He began work on it later in life but had not managed to complete the work at his death.
Today's recipe: with soft fruit still in season there's time to savour their flavour in a strawberry and mascarpone tart.