Famous Edinburgh Academy Alumni People

Famous Edinburgh Academy Alumni

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List Criteria: People on this list must have gone to Edinburgh Academy and be of some renown.

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?”

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    Andrew Lang
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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
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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. His ...more

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    • Profession: Poet, Novelist, Screenwriter, Author, Writer
    • Age: Died at 44 (1850-1894)
    • Birthplace: Eurasia, United Kingdom, Scotland, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, + more
    • Credits: Treasure Planet, Muppet Treasure Island, Treasure Island, The Nutty Professor, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, + more
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    James Clerk Maxwell
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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 phenomenon.more

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    • Profession: Mathematician, Physicist, Engineer
    • Age: Died at 48 (1831-1879)
    • Birthplace: Eurasia, United Kingdom, Scotland, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, + more
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    Peter Guthrie Tait
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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 discipline.more

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    • Profession: Mathematician, Physicist
    • Age: Died at 70 (1831-1901)
    • Birthplace: Dalkeith, United Kingdom
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    James Hector
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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 institutions ...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 in ...more

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    • Profession: Journalist, Screenwriter, Author, Presenter
    • Age: 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 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: age 54
    • Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
    • Credits: Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Resident Evil: Retribution, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, + more
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    Robert Lorimer
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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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    Archibald Tait
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    Archibald Campbell Tait was an Archbishop of Canterbury in the Church of England.more

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    • Age: Died at 71 (1811-1882)
    • Birthplace: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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    Edward Harland
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    Sir Edward James Harland, 1st Baronet was a British shipbuilder and politician. Born in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, he was educated at Edinburgh Academy. In 1846, aged 15, he took an apprenticeship at the engineering works of Robert Stephenson and Company in Newcastle upon Tyne. Afterwards he was ...more

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    • Age: Died at 64 (1831-1895)
    • Birthplace: Scarborough, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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    John Innes Mackintosh Stewart was a Scottish novelist and academic. He is equally well known for the works of literary criticism and contemporary novels published under his real name and for the crime fiction published under the pseudonym of Michael Innes. Many devotees of the Innes books were unaware ...more

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    • Profession: Novelist, Writer
    • Age: Died at 88 (1906-1994)
    • Birthplace: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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    Sir Andrew Noble, 1st Baronet KCB FRS was a Scottish physicist noted for his work on ballistics and gunnery.more

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    • Profession: Physicist
    • Age: Died at 84 (1831-1915)
    • Birthplace: Greenock, United Kingdom
    • Credits: These Girls
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    • Profession: Curator
    • Age: Died at 89 (1906-1995)
    • Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand
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    John More Dick Peddie was a Scottish architect.more

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    • Profession: Architect
    • Age: Died at 68 (1853-1921)
    • Birthplace: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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    Francis Cadell
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    Francis Campbell Boileau Cadell RSA was a Scottish Colourist painter, renowned for his depictions of the elegant New Town interiors of his native Edinburgh, and for his work on Iona. From October 2011 - March 2012 the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art held a major solo retrospective of Cadell's ...more

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    • Age: Died at 54 (1883-1937)
    • Birthplace: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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    Kenneth William Stevenson was the eighth Bishop of Portsmouth in the Church of England. Stevenson was born in Edinburgh. He was consecrated as Bishop of Portsmouth in 1995, following parish work in Lincoln and Guildford and in the university chaplaincy at the University of Manchester. He was married, ...more

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    • Age: Died at 62 (1949-2011)
    • Birthplace: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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    Alan Munro

    Alan James Munro is a British immunologist and entrepreneur.more

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    • Age: age 78
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    Thomas Cadell

    Colonel Thomas Cadell VC CB was a Scottish recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. Cadell was the younger brother of General Sir Robert Cadell, K.C.B. and was educated at ...more

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    • Profession: Soldier
    • Age: Died at 84 (1835-1919)
    • Birthplace: Cockenzie and Port Seton, United Kingdom
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    Bill Maclagan

    Bill Maclagan
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    William Edward "Bill" Maclagan was a Scottish international rugby union forward who played club rugby for London Scottish F.C.. Maclagan was one of the longest-serving international rugby players during the early development of the sport, and was awarded 25 caps for Scotland. He played international ...more

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    • Age: Died at 68 (1858-1926)
    • Birthplace: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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    Keith Murray, Baron Murray of Newhaven

    Keith Anderson Hope Murray, Baron Murray of Newhaven KCB was a British academic and Rector of Lincoln College, Oxford.more

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    • Age: Died at 90 (1903-1993)

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