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List of famous writers from Scotland, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Scotland is home to many prolific writers, including those who write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, biographies and more. These are some of the best Scottish writers that have ever lived, so if you're a native of Scotland and an aspiring writer then use this list as inspiration to achieve your own writing goals.

List writers include William Robertson, Jacob Aagaard and many additional writers as well.

This list answers the questions, "Who are popular Scottish writers?" and "Which writers are from Scotland?"

You can click on the names of these renowned writers of Scotland in order to get more information about each one. Some of these historic writers may no longer be living in Scotland, but they're all of Scotland descent.

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Arthur Conan Doyle is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Writers from Scotland
Arthur Conan Doyle Died at 71 (1859-1930)

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Robert Louis Stevenson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Writers from Scotland
Robert Louis Stevenson Died at 44 (1850-1894)

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Iain Banks is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Writers from Scotland
Iain Banks Died at 59 (1954-2013)

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J. M. Barrie is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Writers from Scotland
J. M. Barrie Died at 77 (1860-1937)

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George MacDonald is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Writers from Scotland
George MacDonald Died at 81 (1824-1905)

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Alexander McCall Smith is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Writers from Scotland

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Kenneth Grahame is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Writers from Scotland
Kenneth Grahame Died at 73 (1859-1932)

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Carol Ann Duffy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Writers from Scotland

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Muriel Gray is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Writers from Scotland
Muriel Gray age 59

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Josephine Tey is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Writers from Scotland
Josephine Tey Died at 56 (1896-1952)

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Jack Whyte is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Writers from Scotland
Jack Whyte age 77

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Steven Moffat is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Writers from Scotland
Steven Moffat age 56

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Muriel Spark is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Writers from Scotland
Muriel Spark Died at 88 (1918-2006)

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Walter Scott is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Writers from Scotland
Walter Scott Died at 61 (1771-1832)

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William Boyd is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Writers from Scotland
William Boyd age 65

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Val McDermid is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Writers from Scotland
Val McDermid age 62

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Andrew Marr is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Writers from Scotland
Andrew Marr age 58

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John Gabriel Stedman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Writers from Scotland
John Gabriel Stedman Died at 53 (1744-1797)

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Jackie Kay is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Writers from Scotland
Jackie Kay age 56

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Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Writers from Scotland
Ewan McGregor age 46

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Dorothy Dunnett is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Writers from Scotland
Dorothy Dunnett Died at 78 (1923-2001)

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Tilda Swinton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Writers from Scotland
Tilda Swinton age 57

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A. L. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Writers from Scotland
A. L. Kennedy age 52

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Brian Cox is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Writers from Scotland
Brian Cox age 71

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Norman MacCaig is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Writers from Scotland
Norman MacCaig Died at 86 (1910-1996)

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Alan Cumming is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Writers from Scotland
Alan Cumming age 52

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David Byrne is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Writers from Scotland
David Byrne age 65

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Armando Iannucci is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Writers from Scotland

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Billy Connolly is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Writers from Scotland

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Frank Lloyd is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Writers from Scotland
Frank Lloyd Died at 74 (1886-1960)

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Robert Burns is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Writers from Scotland
Robert Burns Died at 37 (1759-1796)

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Craig Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Writers from Scotland

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Peter Capaldi is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Writers from Scotland
Peter Capaldi age 59

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Andrew Lang is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Writers from Scotland
Andrew Lang Died at 68 (1844-1912)

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Peter Mullan is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Writers from Scotland
Peter Mullan age 58

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Compton Mackenzie is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Writers from Scotland
Compton Mackenzie Died at 89 (1883-1972)

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Graeme Garden is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Writers from Scotland
Graeme Garden age 74

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Paul Laverty is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Writers from Scotland
Paul Laverty age 60

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Tony Blair is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Writers from Scotland
Tony Blair age 64

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Eric Linklater is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Writers from Scotland
Eric Linklater Died at 75 (1899-1974)

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Ian Rankin is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Writers from Scotland
Ian Rankin age 57

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Nigel Tranter is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Writers from Scotland
Nigel Tranter Died at 91 (1909-2000)

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Debi Gliori is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Writers from Scotland
Debi Gliori age 58

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Charles Stross is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Writers from Scotland

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A. J. Cronin is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Writers from Scotland
A. J. Cronin Died at 85 (1896-1981)

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David Hayman is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Writers from Scotland
David Hayman age 69

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Ian Anderson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Writers from Scotland
Ian Anderson age 70

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Kevin Macdonald is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Writers from Scotland

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Alistair MacLean is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Writers from Scotland
Alistair MacLean Died at 65 (1922-1987)

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Ken MacLeod is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Writers from Scotland
Ken MacLeod age 63