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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 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
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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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    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: age 60
    • Birthplace: Glasgow, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Poet, Author, Writer
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    • Age: age 42
    • Birthplace: Paisley, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Poet, Author
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    Don Paterson, OBE, FRSL is a Scottish poet, writer and musician.more

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    • Age: 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
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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: Dundee, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Poet, Writer
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    George MacDonald
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    George MacDonald was a Scottish author, poet, and Christian minister. He was a pioneering figure in the field of fantasy literature and the mentor of fellow writer Lewis Carroll. His writings have been cited as a major literary influence by many notable authors including W. H. Auden, C. S. Lewis, J. R.more

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    • Age: Died at 81 (1824-1905)
    • Birthplace: Eurasia, Huntly, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Poet, Novelist, Writer
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    Hamish Henderson
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    Hamish Scott Henderson, was a Scottish poet, songwriter, communist, soldier and intellectual. He has been referred to as the most important Scots poet since Robert Burns and was a catalyst for the folk revival in Scotland. He was also an accomplished folk song collector and discovered such notable ...more

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    • Age: Died at 83 (1919-2002)
    • Profession: Poet, Songwriter, Soldier
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    Helen Adam
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    Helen Adam was a Scottish poet, collagist and photographer who was an c, a literary movement contemporaneous to the Beat Generation that occurred in San Francisco during the 1950s and 1960s. Though often associated with the Beat poets, she would more accurately be considered one of the predecessors of ...more

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    • Age: Died at 84 (1909-1993)
    • Birthplace: Glasgow, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Poet, Writer, Photographer
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    Jackie Kay
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    Jackie Kay MBE is a Scottish poet and novelist.more

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    • Age: age 54
    • Birthplace: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Poet, Novelist, Writer
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    James Wedderburn

    James Wedderburn was a Scottish poet, the eldest son of James Wedderburn, merchant of Dundee, and of Janet Barry, sister of John Barry, vicar of Dundee. He was born in Dundee about 1495, and matriculated at St Andrews University in 1514. He was enrolled as a burgess of Dundee in 1517, and was intended ...more

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    • Age: Died at 38 (1495-1533)
    • Birthplace: Dundee, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Poet
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    Jean Adam was a Scottish poet from the labouring classes.more

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    • Age: Died at 61 (1704-1765)
    • Birthplace: Europe, Eurasia, United Kingdom, United Kingdom, with Dependencies and Territories, + more
    • Profession: Poet, Writer
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    Jean Elliot, also known as Jane Elliot, was a Scottish poet, and the third daughter of Sir Gilbert Elliot, 2nd Baronet of Minto, Lord Justice Clerk of Scotland in 1763. Her brothers included Gilbert, John, and Andrew Elliot. Elliot wrote one of the most famous versions of The Flowers of the Forest, a ...more

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    • Age: Died at 78 (1727-1805)
    • Profession: Poet, Writer
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    Joanna Baillie
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    Joanna Baillie was a Scottish poet and dramatist. Baillie was very well known during her lifetime and, though a woman, intended her plays not for the closet but for the stage. Admired both for her literary powers and her sweetness of disposition, she hosted a literary society in her cottage at ...more

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    • Age: Died at 89 (1762-1851)
    • Birthplace: Eurasia, United Kingdom, Scotland, Lanarkshire
    • Profession: Poet, Writer, Playwright
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    Jock Scott

    Jock Scott is a poet.more

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    • Profession: Poet
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    John Wedderburn was a Scottish poet and theologian.more

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    • Age: Died at 51 (1505-1556)
    • Birthplace: Dundee, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Poet, Theologian
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    Lady Anne Barnard
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    Lady Anne Barnard, née Anne Lindsay, eldest daughter of James Lindsay, 5th Earl of Balcarres was born at Balcarres House, Fife, Scotland. She was author of the ballad Auld Robin Gray and an accomplished travel writer, artist and socialite of the period. Her five-year residence in Cape Town, South ...more

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    • Age: Died at 75 (1750-1825)
    • Profession: Poet, Writer
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    Lady Grizel Baillie
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    Lady Grizel Baillie was a Scottish songwriter.more

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    • Age: Died at 81 (1665-1746)
    • Birthplace: Eurasia, United Kingdom, Marchmont House
    • Profession: Poet
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