Famous Writers from Scotland

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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 Eurasia, United Kingdom, Scotland

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    Robert Louis Stevenson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Writers from Scotland

    Robert Louis Stevenson Eurasia, United Kingdom, Scotland

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    Iain Banks is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Writers from Scotland

    Iain Banks Dunfermline, Eurasia, United Kingdom

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    Kirriemuir, United Kingdom

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    Eurasia, Huntly, United Kingdom

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    Eurasia, United Kingdom, Scotland

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    Glasgow, United Kingdom

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    East Kilbride, Scotland

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    Josephine Tey is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Writers from Scotland

    Josephine Tey Inverness, United Kingdom

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    Eurasia, United Kingdom, Scotland

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    Paisley, United Kingdom

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    Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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    Eurasia, United Kingdom, Scotland

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    Ghana, Accra, Africa

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    Eurasia, United Kingdom, Kirkcaldy

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    Glasgow, Scotland

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    Netherlands, Kingdom of the Netherlands

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    Eurasia, United Kingdom, Scotland

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

    Ewan McGregor Perth, United Kingdom

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    Dunfermline, United Kingdom

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    England, London

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    Eurasia, United Kingdom, Scotland

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    Dundee, Scotland

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    Eurasia, United Kingdom, Scotland

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

    Alan Cumming Aberfeldy, United Kingdom

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    Dumbarton, Scotland

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    Glasgow, Scotland

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    Glasgow, Scotland

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    Eurasia, United Kingdom, Alloway

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

    Craig Ferguson Springburn, United Kingdom

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    Glasgow, Scotland

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    Scottish Borders, Selkirk, Scottish Borders

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    Peterhead, United Kingdom

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    Compton Mackenzie is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Writers from Scotland

    Compton Mackenzie United Kingdom

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

    Graeme Garden Aberdeen, United Kingdom

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

    Paul Laverty Kolkata, India

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

    Tony Blair Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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    Eric Linklater Penarth, United Kingdom

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    Eurasia, United Kingdom, Cardenden

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    Glasgow, United Kingdom

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    Europe, Eurasia, United Kingdom

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    Leeds, United Kingdom

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    Cardross, Argyll, Eurasia

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    Eurasia, Bridgeton, Glasgow

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

    Ian Anderson Dunfermline, United Kingdom

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    Europe, Eurasia, United Kingdom

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    Eurasia, Shettleston, United Kingdom

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    Stornoway, United Kingdom

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