Famous Wickers

James Bremner,
(25 September 1784 – August 1856)James Bremner
Civil Engineer and a notable Scottish naval architect, harbour builder and ship-raiser. It was James Bremner who recovered the wreck of the S.S. Great Britain

William Barclay, (5 December 1907 – 24 January 1978)Theologian, Scottish author, radio and television presenter, Church of Scotland minister and Professor of Divinity and Biblical Criticism at the University of Glasgow.William barclay

RhindAlexander Henry Rhind, (1833–1863) Egyptologist He has been described as a “young hero”, the only “bright shining light of archaeological method and conscience” in the mid-nineteenth century, who plotted the exact location of artefacts and their relationships.

John HamiltonJohn Hamilton (1858- 1946) A pioneer of the Patagonian sheep industry. He was the son of a clothier in Wick. Born on 15th March 1858, he was the third of nine children.   His father Angus Hamilton, owned Hamilton & Co, Clothiers, which was based at 52 Dempster Street, Wick. In 1880, at the relatively young age of 22, John Hamilton decided to leave home for a shepherding life on the opposite side of the world. John Hamilton died a rich and highly respected man.“An indefatigable worker, it may be said of him, that from the time he settled he never had a moment’s repose, and even now, old as he is, his activity belies the testimony which his snowy hair gives of his years”.

 Alexander BainAlexander Bain, (1810-77)  born in Watten but worked as apprentice to Wick silversmith and clock maker John Sellar, Alexander was the inventor of the fax machine and was recognised as the father of television when he was awarded a posthumous Emmy in Las Vegas on 8th January 2016 during the 67th Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards ceremony held as part of the Consumer Electronics Show.


John Horne (1861 – 1934) Pastor whose writing captured the life and times of Caithness.

Captain John Barnetson, (1 January 1862 – 26 February 1941) One of the most important figures in commerce and development on the Pacific Coast of California. He was responsible for the first oil pipeline in the State of California and was the Founder of General Petroleum, which he later sold to Standard Oil of New York.

Robert Louis Stevenson. Although not from Wick, lived in the town in 1868 and witnessed a ferocious storm destroying the breakwater being built by his father. It is said this experience accounts for the vividness of tempests in his writings.