Although the name originally denoted someone who worked as a baker, generations of bearers of the proud surname of Baxter found themselves pursuing rather less peaceful careers as they left their mark on the bloodstained pages of Scotland’s story.
As kinsmen of the powerful Clan MacMillan, in 1411 they fought at the battle of Red Harlaw – one of the most savage battles ever to be fought on Scottish soil.
In the world of comedy, Stanley Baxter is the multi-talented comic actor and impressionist born in Glasgow in 1926, probably best known for the Parliamo Glasgow routines that featured on his hugely popular television shows.
On the football pitch Jim Baxter, who died in 2001, is the legendary hero of the game in Scotland, fondly remembered for his role in Scotland’s 3-2 defeat of England at Wembley Stadium in 1967.
Read here of the stirring lives and times of the Baxters.