1Sir Sean Connery

2Billy Connolly

3Ally McCoist

4Alexander Fleming

5John Logie Baird

6Alexander Graham Bell

7Ewan McGregor


9David Coulthard

10Sir Alex Ferguson, right

11Queen Mother

12Colin McCrae

13Jock Stein

14Craig Brown

15Tom McKean

16Kenny Dalglish

17John Higgins

18Eric Liddell

19David Livingstone

20Tommy Sheridan, right

21Tam Cowan

22Stephen Hendry

23Stanley Baxter

24Sir William Alexander Smith

25Sir Robert McAlpine

26 Robbie Coltrane

27 Marti Pellow

28 Lt Col Colin Mitchell

29 Kenny Miller

30 Johnnie Walker

31 John Smith

GREAT Scot. They are, in the eyes of 5000 children, the men and women who shaped 20th century Scotland - Lulu, John Logie Baird, David Coulthard, Sir Sean Connery and Gordon Kerr.

The last named may not spring readily to mind but one unnamed pupil put Mr Kerr, her headmaster at Brediland primary school in Renfrewshire, at the top of the class for the past century.

Her vote, however, was almost akin to a spoiled ballot paper. While there were vast regional variations, most of the children - whether in Selkirk or Shetland - picked Sean Connery as the greatest Scot of the 20th century.

The former Edinburgh milkman who shot to fame as James Bond, beat off stiff competition from Billy Connolly, the Glaswegian comedian, who came second, and third-placed Ally McCoist, the former Scotland footballer and TV pundit.

They were followed in the children's top five by Alexander Fleming, the man who discovered penicillin, and John Logie Baird, the inventor of television.

The children were taking part in a week-long exercise, which ended on St Andrew's Day, to vote online as part of a campaign which has stretched round the world to find the greatest Scots of the past 100 years.

Like the thousands of adults who have voted in the larger poll, the children have picked a wide range of famous Scottish singers, inventors, actors, sportsmen and royalty.

The children's top 40 reflects many of the famous Scots regularly seen in newspapers and television.

They include: Sir Alex Ferguson, the Manchester United manager, at 10; Tommy Sheridan, the Scottish Socialist party leader, at 20; Sir Jackie Stewart, the legendary world champion racing driver, who came in at 34, and Donald Dewar, Scotland's first first minister who died last year, who was voted in at number 38.

The highest woman in the poll went to Lulu at number eight, followed closely by the Queen Mother at No 11.

Marjorie Winters, the headteacher at Dalmarnock Primary in Glasgow, said all of the school's 160 pupils took part in the competition.

She said: ''There has been great excitement. The children have felt very important that their vote counts. It has been a most worthwhile and the children have found it fun and haven't realised that it was very educational as well.''

Mrs Winters said the children had spent hours trawling the internet for Scots they would like to vote for.

It had led to great discussions both at school and at home with their parents and grandparents about how they would vote.

''While I have yet to compile how everyone voted, a lot appear to be going for John Logie Baird or Alexander Graham Bell. But there have been votes for Tommy Sheridan, Craig Brown, and Lulu,'' she added.

The children's votes will be compiled and added to the thousands of others who have voted from around the world in the campaign for the poll which closes in January.

The winners of the vote will then be announced in April and will be featured in a digital update of the 19th century Frieze of Scots by William Hole, which dominates the entrance hall to the National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh.

The poll has been set up by the Scottish cultural resource access network, based in Edinburgh, which is the world's largest on-line library of cultural artefacts, and ICL, the IT solutions