Farmer Michael Forbes has been named “Top Scot” at this year’s Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Awards.
The 60-year-old sprung to fame earlier this year as the unlikely star of “You’ve Been Trumped”, a documentary charting the contentious development of property mogul Donald Trump’s multi-million dollar resort project on the Aberdeenshire coast.
Forbes, whom Trump famously accused of living “like a pig”, galvanised local resistance to the project by refusing to vacate his property and engaging in a number of high-profile, if ultimately unsuccessful, demonstrations.
His activity is alleged to have made him the target of a lengthy campaign of intimidation organised by Trump surrogates acting with the tacit endorsement of both the Aberdeenshire police and local authority representatives.
The first “non-celebrity” to claim the honour, Forbes’ claimed the public poll by what organisers described as “a clear margin”. Other award winners on the night included tennis star Andy Murray and six-time Olympic medallist Sir Chris Hoy.