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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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.
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 is a British Labour Party politician who served as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1997 to 2007. He now runs a consultancy business and performs ...more
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
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 Balfour Stevenson was a Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer. His most famous works are Treasure Island, and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. A literary ...more
Robert Cunninghame-Graham 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 was a Scottish politician, writer, journalist and adventurer. He was a Liberal Party Member of Parliament; the first-ever socialist member of the Parliament of ...more
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
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
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 was a Scottish poet and lyricist. He is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland and is celebrated worldwide. He is the best known of the poets who have written in the Scots ...more
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, was a Scottish ethnologist and lawyer.
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.
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 FRSL, FRGS, FRAS is a British historian, and writer, art historian and curator, as well as a prominent broadcaster and critic. His books have won numerous awards including the ...more
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 was a Scottish journalist, poet and author. Spence was a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland, and Vice-President of the ...more
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.
Alan Cumming is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from Scotland
Tommy's Tale
Alan Cumming, OBE, is a Scottish actor who has appeared in numerous films, television shows and plays. His London stage appearances include Hamlet, the lead in Bent, and the National Theatre of ...more
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.
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 was a Scottish moral philosopher, pioneer of political economy, and key Scottish Enlightenment figure. Smith is best known for two classic works: The Theory of Moral Sentiments, and ...more
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.
John Henry Mackay is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from Scotland
Die Anarchisten, The anarchists, The hustler
John Henry Mackay was an individualist anarchist, thinker and writer. Born in Scotland and raised in Germany, Mackay was the author of Die Anarchisten and Der Freiheitsucher. Mackay was ...more
Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from Scotland
Long Way Round, Long Way Down
Ewan Gordon McGregor, OBE is a Scottish actor who has had success in mainstream, indie, and art house films. His first professional role was in 1993, when he won a leading role in the Channel 4 ...more
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 is a Scottish musician and a founding member and principal songwriter of the American new wave band Talking Heads, active between 1975 and 1991. Since then, Byrne has released his ...more
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 KStJ, DL was a Scottish writer and physician, most noted for his fictional stories about the detective Sherlock Holmes, which are generally considered milestones ...more
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 was a Scots poet, novelist, literary critic, and contributor to the field of anthropology. He is best known as a collector of folk and fairy tales. The Andrew Lang lectures at the ...more
Janey Godley is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from Scotland
Handstands in the Dark
Janey Godley is a British stand-up comedian and writer. Her autobiography, Handstands in the Dark, was a UK Top Ten best-seller and she was a 2006 Scotswoman of The Year finalist. She was a ...more
Walter Scott is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Authors from Scotland
Ivanhoe, Rob Roy, The Monastery
Sir Walter Scott, 1st Baronet, FRSE was a Scottish historical novelist, playwright, and poet. Scott was the first modern English-language author to have a truly international career in his ...more
Steven Moffat is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Authors from Scotland
Steven Moffat is a Scottish television writer and producer, known for his work as showrunner, writer and producer of the British television series Doctor Who and Sherlock. Moffat's first ...more