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List of notable or famous composers from Scotland, with bios and photos, including the top composers born in Scotland and even some popular composers who immigrated to Scotland. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Scottish composers then this list is the perfect resource for you. These composers are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known composer from Scotland is included when available.

People here include everything from Donovan Leitch to Craig Armstrong.

This historic composers from Scotland list can help answer the questions "Who are some Scottish composers of note?" and "Who are the most famous composers from Scotland?" These prominent composers of Scotland may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Scottish composers.

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Bryan Larkin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Composers from Scotland
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Age: 42

Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland

Profession: Film Producer, Screenwriter, Film Editor, Actor, Composer, + more

Credits: Born on the Fourth of July, She-Devil, Miles Away, Running in Traffic, The Red Machine, + more

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Craig Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Composers from Scotland
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Craig Armstrong, OBE is a Scottish composer of modern orchestral music, electronica and film scores. He graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in 1981, and has since written music for the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the London Sinfonietta. Armstrong's ...more

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Age: 57

Birthplace: Glasgow, United Kingdom

Profession: Film Score Composer, Musician, Composer

Credits: The Incredible Hulk, Love Actually, Moulin Rouge!, Romeo + Juliet, Ray, + more

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Dick Gaughan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Composers from Scotland
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Richard Peter Gaughan usually known as Dick Gaughan is a Scottish musician, singer, and songwriter, particularly of folk and social protest songs. ...more

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Age: 68

Birthplace: Glasgow, United Kingdom

Profession: Songwriter, Musician, Composer, Singer

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Donovan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Composers from Scotland
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Donovan is a British singer, songwriter and guitarist. He developed an eclectic and distinctive style that blended folk, jazz, pop, psychedelia, and world music. He has lived in Scotland, London and California, and, since at least 2008, in County Cork, Ireland, with his family. Emerging from the ...more

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Age: 70

Birthplace: Maryhill, United Kingdom

Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician, + more

Credits: Goodfellas, Children of Men, Zodiac, The Girl Next Door

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