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List of the most popular authors from Scotland, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries authors have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of storytelling. Whether they're known for fiction, non-fiction, poetry or even technical writing, the famous Scottish authors on this list have kept that tradition alive by writing renowned works that have been praised around the world. You can find useful information below about these notable Scottish writers, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

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David Lindsay is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from Scotland
David Lindsay The Poetical Works Of Sir David Lyndsay Of The Mount^! Lyon King Of Arms V1, A Satire of the Three Estates, David Lindsay's The 3 estaites

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Tony Blair is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from Scotland
Tony Blair New Britain: My Vision of a Young Country, La Troisième voie face, A Journey

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David Livingstone is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from Scotland
David Livingstone Livingstone's Travels And Researches In South Africa, Dr. Livingstone's Cambridge Lectures, Down to Earth People

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Robert Louis Stevenson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Scotland
Robert Louis Stevenson Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Treasure Island, The Black Arrow: A Tale of the Two Roses

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Robert Cunninghame-Graham is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Scotland
Robert Cunninghame-Graham Los caballos de la conquista, José Antonio Páez, The district of Menteith

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Agnes Mure Mackenzie is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from Scotland
Agnes Mure Mackenzie The rise of the Stewarts, On the Declaration of Arbroath, A garland of Scottish prose

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Peter Forsyth is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from Scotland
Peter Forsyth The work of Christ, Christ on Parnassus, Missions in state and church

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Robert Burns is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from Scotland
Robert Burns Tam o' Shanter, Kilmarnock volume, The Works of Robert Burns

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John Ferguson McLennan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from Scotland
John Ferguson McLennan The patriarchal theory, Studies in ancient history, Memoir of Thomas Drummond^! R.E.^! F.R.A.S.^! under secretary to the lord lieutenant of Ireland^! 1835-1840

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Walter Alexander Raleigh is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from Scotland
Walter Alexander Raleigh The English Voyages of the Sixteenth Century, The letters of Sir Walter Raleigh, The war of ideas

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William Dalrymple is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from Scotland
William Dalrymple White Mughals, In Xanadu: A Quest, From the Holy Mountain

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Lewis Spence is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from Scotland
Lewis Spence Legends and romances of Brittany, The myths of Mexico and Peru, The mysteries of Egypt

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Alasdair MacGregor is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from Scotland
Alasdair MacGregor Somewhere in Scotland, A last voyage to St. Kilda, Percyval Tudor-Hart^! 1873-1954

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Alan Cumming is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from Scotland
Alan Cumming Tommy's Tale

Braveheart Might Be The Most Historically Inaccurate Movie Ever Made

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James Stewart is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from Scotland
James Stewart The Settlements of Western Perthshire, Plocacosmos; or^! The whole art of hair dressing

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Adam Smith is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from Scotland
Adam Smith The Wealth of Nations, The Theory of Moral Sentiments, Lectures on Jurisprudence

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David Calderwood is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Authors from Scotland
David Calderwood Perth Assembly, Revolutionary Language, The true history of the Church of Scotland^! 1678

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John Henry Mackay is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from Scotland
John Henry Mackay Die Anarchisten, The anarchists, The hustler

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Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from Scotland
Ewan McGregor Long Way Round, Long Way Down

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David Byrne is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Authors from Scotland
David Byrne Understanding the Urban, How Music Works, Hatch Cover Maintenance and Operation

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Arthur Conan Doyle is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Authors from Scotland
Arthur Conan Doyle The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, A Study in Scarlet

The Scariest Novels of All Time

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Andrew Lang is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Authors from Scotland
Andrew Lang The red book of animal stories, Rhymes à la mode, Prince Prigio

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Janey Godley is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from Scotland
Janey Godley Handstands in the Dark

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Walter Scott is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Authors from Scotland
Walter Scott Ivanhoe, Rob Roy, The Monastery

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Steven Moffat is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Authors from Scotland

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George MacDonald is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Authors from Scotland
George MacDonald The Princess and the Goblin, Mary Marston, Rampolli

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Ian Rankin is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Authors from Scotland
Ian Rankin Fleshmarket Close, The Hanging Garden, A Good Hanging and Other Stories

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J. M. Barrie is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Authors from Scotland
J. M. Barrie Peter Pan, Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, The Little White Bird

The City Literally Built On A Thousand Dead Bodies: Disgusting Facts You Didn't Know About ...

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Muriel Spark is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Authors from Scotland
Muriel Spark The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, The Girls of Slender Means, The Mandelbaum Gate

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A. J. Cronin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Authors from Scotland
A. J. Cronin The Green Years, Beyond This Place, The Keys of the Kingdom

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Debi Gliori is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Authors from Scotland
Debi Gliori Deep Fear, Deep Water, Mr. Bear Says Peek-a-Boo

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Graeme Garden is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Authors from Scotland
Graeme Garden Stovold's Mornington Crescent Almanac^! 2002, I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, A sense of the past

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Samuel Rutherford Crockett is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Authors from Scotland
Samuel Rutherford Crockett The Raiders, The Cherry Ribband, Stories by English Authors: Scotland

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William Boyd is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Authors from Scotland
William Boyd Brazzaville Beach, Waiting for Sunrise, An Ice-Cream War

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Margaret Oliphant Oliphant is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Authors from Scotland
Margaret Oliphant Oliphant The Perpetual Curate, story of Valentine and his brother, The cuckoo in the nest

The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written

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Craig Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Authors from Scotland
Craig Ferguson American on Purpose, Between the Bridge and the River

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Alistair MacLean is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Authors from Scotland
Alistair MacLean Breakheart Pass, The Guns of Navarone, The Dark Crusader

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Norman McLaren is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Authors from Scotland
Norman McLaren The drawings of Norman McLaren

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George Mackay Brown is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Authors from Scotland
George Mackay Brown The Son of the Fisherman, Beside the Ocean of Time, Vinland

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Margaret Ryan is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Authors from Scotland
Margaret Ryan The Littlest Dragon, First Books--Language & Communications Skills, Queen Lizzie Rules OK!

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Bill Knox is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Authors from Scotland
Bill Knox Cargo risk, A burial in Portugal, Seafire: a Webb Carrick story

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Alexander McCall Smith is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Authors from Scotland
Alexander McCall Smith The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Tears of the Giraffe, The Full Cupboard of Life

That One Time A Scottish Family Killed And Cannibalized 1,000 Innocent People

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William Barclay is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Authors from Scotland
William Barclay The Making of the Bible, Racial Conflict^! Discrimination^! and Power, Comt-Dsb-Luke

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Robert Michael Ballantyne is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Authors from Scotland
Robert Michael Ballantyne The Coral Island, Gascoyne - The Sandal Wood Trader, The Red Eric

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Naomi Mitchison is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Authors from Scotland
Naomi Mitchison Memoirs of a Spacewoman, Not by bread alone, The Bull Calves

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Charles Stross is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Authors from Scotland
Charles Stross Accelerando, Singularity Sky, Saturn's Children

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Philip Kerr is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Authors from Scotland
Philip Kerr A Philosophical Investigation, The Pale Criminal, March violets

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Iain Crichton Smith is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Authors from Scotland
Iain Crichton Smith Consider the Lilies, The last summer, The exiles

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William Sharp is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Authors from Scotland
William Sharp The Immortal Hour, The dominion of dreams, The isle of dreams

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Val McDermid is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Authors from Scotland
Val McDermid Report for Murder, Booked for Murder, Conferences Are Murder