Yes, the first person to dress up in red and white to entertain children at Christmas time was a Scot, according to Jasper Hamill in today's Herald.
He was an economic migrant who moved to America in search of work and ended up inspiring a tradition that has defined Christmas for millions of children.
James Edgar, an Edinburgh born entrepreneur, owned a department store in Brockton, Massachusetts. In 1878 he would stand on the roof of Edgar's Department Store every Saturday morning and scatter pennies for local children. What he loved most of all was dressing up to entertain them.
You can read the whole story here.
Now, I wonder who can find the first English, Irish or Welsh Santa?