Great Scots – Robert Porteous

Robert Porteous is a Great Scot whose achievements are still celebrated today in a small town, Krosno, situated in the south east of Poland, with street names and statues in his honour, and even hotels and a shopping centre sharing his name.

On leaving Scotland as a young man, he quickly joined the country’s emerging Merchant Class, and he made his fortune by bringing fine quality wine into a country more used to vodka.

He became one of the richest men in Poland, and by 1632 he had won privileged Royal Merchant status, which allowed him to supply wine to the King Sigismund 111.

Read more about Robert Porteous here.