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List of famous alumni from Edinburgh Academy, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Edinburgh Academy include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Edinburgh Academy alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Edinburgh Academy are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Edinburgh Academy.

This list includes Iain Glen, Robert Louis Stevenson and more.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Edinburgh Academy?” and “Which celebrities are Edinburgh Academy alumni?”
Andrew Lang is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Edinburgh Academy Alumni
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Andrew Lang was a Scots poet, novelist, literary critic, and contributor to the field of anthropology. He is best known as a collector of folk and fairy tales. The Andrew Lang lectures at the University of St Andrews are named after him. ...more

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Profession: Journalist, Novelist

Age: Died at 68 (1844-1912)

Birthplace: Scottish Borders, Selkirk, Scottish Borders, Eurasia United Kingdom, + more

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Robert Louis Stevenson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Edinburgh Academy Alumni
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Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson was a Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer. His most famous works are Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. A literary celebrity during his lifetime, Stevenson now ranks among the 26 most translated authors in the world. ...more

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Profession: Poet, Novelist, Screenwriter, Author Writer

Age: Died at 44 (1850-1894)

Birthplace: Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Credits: Treasure Island, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Body Snatcher

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#85 on The All-Time Greatest People in History

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James Clerk Maxwell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Edinburgh Academy Alumni
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James Clerk Maxwell FRS FRSE was a Scottish scientist in the field of mathematical physics. His most notable achievement was to formulate the classical theory of electromagnetic radiation, bringing together for the first time electricity, magnetism, and light as manifestations of the same ...more

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Profession: Mathematician, Physicist, Engineer

Age: Died at 48 (1831-1879)

Birthplace: Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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Peter Guthrie Tait is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Edinburgh Academy Alumni
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Peter Guthrie Tait FRSE was a Scottish mathematical physicist, best known for the energy physics textbook Treatise on Natural Philosophy, which he co-wrote with Kelvin, and his early investigations into knot theory, which contributed to the eventual formation of topology as a mathematical ...more

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Profession: Mathematician, Physicist

Age: Died at 70 (1831-1901)

Birthplace: Eurasia, Midlothian, Dalkeith, United Kingdom United Kingdom, + more

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James Hector is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Edinburgh Academy Alumni
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Sir James Hector KCMG was a Scottish geologist, naturalist, and surgeon who accompanied the Palliser Expedition as a surgeon and geologist. He went on to have a lengthy career as a government employed man of science in New Zealand, and during this period he dominated the Colony's scientific ...more

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Profession: Scientist, Physician, Geologist

Age: Died at 73 (1834-1907)

Birthplace: Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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Ronald Gordon Honeycombe is an author, playwright and stage actor, well known in the United Kingdom as a national television newscaster. Gordon Honeycombe was born in Karachi, in British Raj, and educated at the Edinburgh Academy and at University College, Oxford, from which he graduated with an MA ...more

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Profession: Journalist, Screenwriter, Author, Presenter

Age: 79

Birthplace: Karachi, Pakistan

Credits: Arthur C. Clarke's Mysterious World, Neither the Sea Nor the Sand

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Iain Glen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Edinburgh Academy Alumni
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Iain Glen is a Scottish film, television, and stage actor. Glen is best known for his roles in the Resident Evil films and for portraying Ser Jorah Mormont on Game of Thrones. ...more

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Profession: Actor

Age: 54

Birthplace: Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Credits: Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Game of Thrones, Resident Evil: Extinction, The Iron Lady

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Robert Lorimer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Edinburgh Academy Alumni
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Sir Robert Stodart Lorimer, KBE was a prolific Scottish architect and furniture designer noted for his sensitive restorations of historic houses and castles, for new work in Scots Baronial and Gothic Revival styles, and for promotion of the Arts and Crafts movement. ...more

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Profession: Architect

Age: Died at 65 (1864-1929)

Birthplace: Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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