Bearers of the Shaw name stem from two quite separate and distinct sources, but all share a common heritage in the significant role they have played in Scotland’s colourful saga.
In the Highlands, they were loyal defenders of the cause of the Royal House of Stuart through all its misfortunes, while it was a Lowland Shaw who became a prime architect of the mysterious worldwide movement known as Freemasonry.
In more contemporary times and on the stage, Robert Shaw, born in Lancashire in 1927, was the writer and film actor whose films include From Russia with Love, The Sting, A Man for all Seasons and Jaws.
In the world of music, Arthur Jacob Arshawsky, born in New York in 1910, was the pioneering composer, jazz clarinettist, and bandleader who, better known as Artie Shaw, contributed enormously to the jazz genre.
The vibrant lives and times of the Shaws of both yesteryear and today are chronicled here.