ONE of Scotland’s top businessmen and entrepreneurs, Sir Tom Hunter, visited the birthplace of Andrew Carnegie recently to deliver the second in a series of ‘Carnegie Lectures’ organised by the Carnegie Dunfermline Trust.

Sir Tom received a Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy award in 2013 and regaled the sell-out audience with stories of his own journey to becoming one of Scotland’s most successful businessmen.

He described how he went on to follow in the footsteps of Andrew Carnegie by developing a strategy to distribute his own wealth to help others through the ‘Hunter Foundation’.

The chief executive of the Carnegie Dunfermline Trust, Gillian Taylor, pictured alongside Sir Tom in the Birthplace Museum during his lecture, was delighted with the event: “We are always looking at ways to highlight the life and legacy of Andrew Carnegie and were pleased to welcome such an influential and successful Scottish businessman to tell his story," she said.

"We have five more lectures lined up in the series of ‘Carnegie Lectures’ that will run monthly in the Birthplace Museum until April 2023 with former First Minister Henry McLeish in January, Lord Bruce in February, Keith Webster, from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, in March and Victoria Connor, from Skibo Castle, bringing the series to a close in April.”

The next lecture will take place on Wednesday, December 1, presented by local historian Robin Sharp entitled, ‘The George Lauder Legacy: Dunfermline’s Unsung Hero’, and will tell the story of the uncle of Andrew Carnegie who founded Lauder Technical School in Dunfermline which is now Fife College.

Tickets, priced £5, are on sale online at or in person from the Birthplace Museum each day between 11am and 3pm.