Famous Poets from Scotland

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

List contains people like Robert Louis Stevenson, Edwin Morgan.

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

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    Alison Cockburn is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Poets from Scotland
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    Alison Cockburn also Alison Rutherford, or Alicia Cockburn was a Scottish poet, wit and socialite who collected a circle of eminent friends in 18th century enlightenment Edinburgh including Walter Scott, Robert Burns and David Hume. more

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    • Age: Died at 82 (1712-1794)
    • Profession: Poet, Writer
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    Anne Bannerman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Poets from Scotland
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    Anne Bannerman was a Scottish poet. more

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    • Age: Died at 64 (1765-1829)
    • Birthplace: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Poet, Writer
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    Carol Ann Duffy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Poets from Scotland
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    Dame Carol Ann Duffy, DBE, FRSL is a Scottish poet and playwright. She is Professor of Contemporary Poetry at Manchester Metropolitan University, and was appointed Britain's Poet Laureate in May 2009. She is the first woman, the first Scot, and the first openly LGBT person to hold the position. Her ...more

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    • Age: 60
    • Birthplace: Glasgow, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Poet, Author, Writer
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    Colin Galbraith is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Poets from Scotland
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    • Age: 42
    • Birthplace: Paisley, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Poet, Author
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    Don Paterson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Poets from Scotland
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    Don Paterson, OBE, FRSL is a Scottish poet, writer and musician. more

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    • Age: 52
    • Birthplace: Dundee, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Poet, Journalist, Organist
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    Edwin George Morgan OBE FRSE was a Scottish poet and translator who was associated with the Scottish Renaissance. He is widely recognised as one of the foremost Scottish poets of the 20th century. In 1999, Morgan was made the first Glasgow Poet Laureate. In 2004, he was named as the first Scottish ...more

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    • Age: Died at 90 (1920-2010)
    • Birthplace: Glasgow, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Poet, Lecturer, Writer
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    Elizabeth Melville

    Elizabeth Melville, Lady Culross was a Scottish poet. In 1603 she became the earliest known Scottish woman writer to see her work in print, when the Edinburgh publisher Robert Charteris issued the first edition of Ane Godlie Dreame, a Calvinist dream-vision poem. A large body of manuscript verse was ...more

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    • Age: Died at 58 (1582-1640)
    • Profession: Poet, Writer
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    Frances Wright is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Poets from Scotland
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    Frances Wright also widely known as Fanny Wright, was a Scottish-born lecturer, writer, freethinker, feminist, abolitionist, and social reformer, who became a U. S. citizen in 1825. That year she founded the Nashoba Commune in Tennessee as a utopian community to prepare slaves for emancipation, ...more

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    • Age: Died at 57 (1795-1852)
    • Birthplace: Scotland, Dundee
    • Profession: Poet, Writer
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