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Famous Authors from Scotland

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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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This list answers the questions, "Which famous authors are from Scotland?" and "Who are the best Scottish authors?"

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David Lindsay is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from Scotland
The Poetical Works Of Sir David Lyndsay Of The Mount, Lyon King Of Arms V1, A Satire of the Three Estates
Sir David Lyndsay of the Mount, was a Scottish herald, who held the office of Lyon King of Arms, and a poet, whose works reflect the spirit of the Renaissance.
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Tony Blair is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from Scotland
New Britain: My Vision of a Young Country, La Troisième voie face, A Journey
Anthony Charles Lynton Blair (born 6 May 1953) is a British politician who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1997 to 2007 and Leader of the Labour Party from 1994 to 2007. He ...more

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David Livingstone is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from Scotland
Livingstone's Travels And Researches In South Africa, Dr. Livingstone's Cambridge Lectures, Down to Earth People
David Livingstone was a Scottish Congregationalist pioneer medical missionary with the London Missionary Society and an explorer in Africa. His meeting with H. M. Stanley on 10 November 1871 ...more

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Robert Louis Stevenson ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Scotland
Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Treasure Island, The Black Arrow: A Tale of the Two Roses
Robert Louis Stevenson (13 November 1850 – 3 December 1894) was a Scottish novelist and travel writer, most noted for Treasure Island, Kidnapped, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, and A ...more

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Robert Cunninghame-Graha... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Scotland
Los caballos de la conquista, José Antonio Páez, The district of Menteith
Robert Bontine Cunninghame Graham (24 May 1852 – 20 March 1936) was a Scottish politician, writer, journalist and adventurer. He was a Liberal Party Member of Parliament (MP); the first ever ...more
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Agnes Mure Mackenzie is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from Scotland
The rise of the Stewarts, On the Declaration of Arbroath, A garland of Scottish prose
Agnes Mure Mackenzie was a Scottish historian and writer. Her middle name is frequently misspelled Muir. Daughter of physician and surgeon Dr Murdoch Mackenzie and Sarah Agnes Mackenzie, Agnes ...more
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Peter Forsyth is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from Scotland
The work of Christ, Christ on Parnassus, Missions in state and church
Peter Taylor Forsyth, also known as P. T. Forsyth, was a Scottish theologian. The son of a postman, Forsyth studied at the University of Aberdeen and then in Göttingen. He was ordained into ...more
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Robert Burns is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from Scotland
Tam o' Shanter, Kilmarnock volume, The Works of Robert Burns
Robert Burns (25 January 1759 – 21 July 1796), also known familiarly as Rabbie Burns, the National Bard, Bard of Ayrshire and the Ploughman Poet and various other names and epithets, was a ...more

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John Ferguson McLennan ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from Scotland
The patriarchal theory, Studies in ancient history, Memoir of Thomas Drummond
John Ferguson McLennan FRSE LLD (14 October 1827 – 16 June 1881), was a Scottish advocate, social anthropologist and ethnologist.
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Walter Alexander Raleigh... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from Scotland
The English Voyages of the Sixteenth Century, The letters of Sir Walter Raleigh, The war of ideas
Sir Walter Alexander Raleigh was an English scholar, poet and author. He was a Cambridge Apostle.
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William Dalrymple is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from Scotland
White Mughals, In Xanadu: A Quest, From the Holy Mountain
William Dalrymple (born William Hamilton-Dalrymple on 20 March 1965) is a Scottish historian and writer, art historian and curator, as well as an award-winning broadcaster and critic. His books ...more
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Lewis Spence is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from Scotland
Legends and romances of Brittany, The myths of Mexico and Peru, The mysteries of Egypt
James Lewis Thomas Chalmers Spence (25 November 1874 – 3 March 1955) was a Scottish journalist, poet, author, folklorist and occult scholar. Spence was a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological ...more
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Alasdair MacGregor is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from Scotland
Somewhere in Scotland, A last voyage to St. Kilda, Percyval Tudor-Hart
Alasdair Alpin MacGregor was a Scottish writer and photographer, known for a large number of travel books. He wrote also on Scottish folklore, and was a published poet.
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Alan Cumming is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from Scotland
Tommy's Tale
Alan Cumming (born 27 January 1965) is a Scottish-American actor, singer, writer, producer, director, and activist who has appeared in numerous films, television shows, and plays. His London ...more

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James Stewart is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from Scotland
The Settlements of Western Perthshire, Plocacosmos; or, The whole art of hair dressing
A published author and hairdresser of London, England during the 1700's.
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Adam Smith is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from Scotland
The Wealth of Nations, The Theory of Moral Sentiments, Lectures on Jurisprudence
Adam Smith (16 June [O.S. 5 June] 1723 – 17 July 1790) was a Scottish economist, philosopher and author as well as a moral philosopher, a pioneer of political economy and a key figure during the ...more

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David Calderwood is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Authors from Scotland
Perth Assembly, Revolutionary Language, The true history of the Church of Scotland
David Calderwood was a Scottish divine and historian.
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John Henry Mackay is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from Scotland
Die Anarchisten, The anarchists, The hustler
John Henry Mackay (6 February 1864 Greenock, Scotland – 16 May 1933 Stahnsdorf, Germany) was an egoist anarchist, thinker and writer. Born in Scotland and raised in Germany, Mackay was the ...more
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Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from Scotland
Long Way Round, Long Way Down
Ewan Gordon McGregor (born 31 March 1971) is a Scottish actor, singer, and director known internationally for his various film roles, including independent dramas, science-fiction epics, and ...more

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David Byrne is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Authors from Scotland
Understanding the Urban, How Music Works, Hatch Cover Maintenance and Operation
David Byrne (; born 14 May 1952) is a Scottish-American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, artist, actor, writer and filmmaker who was a founding member, principal songwriter and ...more

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Arthur Conan Doyle is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Authors from Scotland
The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, A Study in Scarlet
Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle (22 May 1859 – 7 July 1930) was a Scottish writer, who created the character Sherlock Holmes. Originally a physician, in 1887 he published A Study in Scarlet, the ...more

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Andrew Lang is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Authors from Scotland
The red book of animal stories, Rhymes à la mode, Prince Prigio
Andrew Lang (31 March 1844 – 20 July 1912 ) was a Scottish poet, novelist, literary critic, and contributor to the field of anthropology. He is best known as a collector of folk and fairy tales. ...more
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Janey Godley is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from Scotland
Handstands in the Dark
Janey Godley (born 20 January 1961) is a Scottish stand-up comedian and writer from Calton, Glasgow.
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Walter Scott is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Authors from Scotland
Ivanhoe, Rob Roy, The Monastery
Sir Walter Scott, 1st Baronet (15 August 1771 – 21 September 1832) was a Scottish historical novelist, poet, playwright and historian. Many of his works remain classics of both English-language ...more
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Steven Moffat is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Authors from Scotland
Steven William Moffat (; born 18 November 1961) is a Scottish television writer and producer. He is best known for his work as showrunner, writer and executive producer of two BBC One series: ...more