Not the only funny thing they teach you over there.
Is there any convention to Mac names though or is it just random? Macpherson but MacGyver, Macbeth but MacBook...
(e.g. Gordon Brown - Scottish family, Scottish constituency, Scottish accent, Prime Minister of the UK 2007 - 2010...)
I just made the point that the PM after him, Brown, has a very well-known and deeply-rooted Scottish identity.
The lack of general awareness is probably 99% to do with his accent. But as any fule kno, the poshest Scots talk with the same accent as the poshest English people, and Tony Blair is nothing if not a total posho. He went to Fettes, after all. I watched a programme not long ago on BBC Alba where they were talking to the Countess of somewhere in the north-west, and she sounded as English as English could be (no Gaelic of course).