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List of notable or famous engineers from Scotland, with bios and photos, including the top engineers born in Scotland and even some popular engineers who immigrated to Scotland. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Scottish engineers then this list is the perfect resource for you. These engineers are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known engineer from Scotland is included when available.

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Alan Stevenson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Engineers from Scotland
Died at 58 (1807-1865) Alan Stevenson FRSE MInstCE was a Scottish lighthouse engineer who was Engineer to the Board of Northern Lighthouses. Among his notable works is the Skerryvore Lighthouse. A member of the famous ...more

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Alexander Kennedy Smith is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Engineers from Scotland
Died at 57 (1824-1881) Alexander Kennedy Smith was a Scottish/Australian engineer and former Mayor of Melbourne.

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Alexander Mackenzie is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Engineers from Scotland
Died at 70 (1822-1892) Alexander Mackenzie, PC, a building contractor and newspaper editor, was the second Prime Minister of Canada, from November 7, 1873 to October 8, 1878.

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Alexander Thom is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Engineers from Scotland
Alexander Thom Died at 91 (1894-1985) Alexander "Sandy" Thom was a Scottish engineer most famous for his theory of the Megalithic yard, categorisation of stone circles and his studies of Stonehenge and other archaeological

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Benjamin Blyth II is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Engineers from Scotland
Died at 68 (1849-1917) Benjamin Hall Blyth FRSE, often called Benjamin Blyth II, was a Scottish civil engineer.

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Benno Schotz is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Engineers from Scotland
Benno Schotz Died at 93 (1891-1984) Benno Schotz was a Scottish artist.

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Charles Abercrombie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Engineers from Scotland
Charles Abercrombie Died at 67 (1750-1817) Scotish Engineer who set out many of Scotland's roads between the late 18th century and 1817.

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Charles Murray, Lord Murray is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Engineers from Scotland
Died at 70 (1866-1936) Charles David Murray, Lord Murray CMG, PC, KC was a Scottish Tory politician, lawyer and judge. Born in London, Murray was educated at Edinburgh Academy and Edinburgh University and was admitted ...more

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Colin Mackenzie is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Engineers from Scotland
Colin Mackenzie Died at 67 (1754-1821) Colonel Colin Mackenzie was Scottish army officer in the British East India Company who later became the first Surveyor General of India. He was a collector of antiquities and an orientalist. He ...more

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David Alan Stevenson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Engineers from Scotland
Died at 84 (1854-1938) David Alan Stevenson was a lighthouse engineer who built twenty six lighthouses in and around Scotland. Born into the famous Stevenson family of lighthouse engineers, son of David Stevenson, ...more

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David Lennox is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Engineers from Scotland
Died at 85 (1788-1873) David Lennox was a Scottish-Australian bridge-builder and master stonemason born in Ayr, Scotland.

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David Stevenson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Engineers from Scotland
Died at 71 (1815-1886) David Stevenson FRSE FRSSA was a Scottish lighthouse designer, who designed over thirty lighthouses in and around Scotland, and helped found a great dynasty of lighthouse engineering.

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George Johnston is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Engineers from Scotland
George Johnston Died at 90 (1855-1945) George Johnston was a Scottish engineer. He was the son of the Reverend James Johnston, of Springburn's United Presbyterian Church. George spent the early part of his career in locomotive ...more

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Graham Bartram is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Engineers from Scotland
Graham Bartram age 54 Graham Bartram is a British vexillologist who is Secretary-General for Congresses of the Fédération internationale des associations vexillologiques, the Chief Vexillologist of the ...more

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Henry Renny-Tailyour is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Engineers from Scotland
Died at 71 (1849-1920) Henry Waugh Renny-Tailyour was an amateur all-round sportsman who appeared for Scotland in some of the earliest international football and rugby union matches, remaining to this day the only ...more

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Innes Ireland is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Engineers from Scotland
Died at 63 (1930-1993) Robert McGregor Innes Ireland, was a British military officer, engineer, and motor racing driver. He was a larger-than-life character who, according to a rival team boss, "lived without ...more

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James Abercrombie is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Engineers from Scotland
James Abercrombie Engineer brother of Charles Abercrombie. Worked with Telford on Waterloo Bridge 1810-1817.

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James Abernethy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Engineers from Scotland
Died at 82 (1814-1896) James Abernethy FRSE was a Scottish civil engineer.

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James Alfred Ewing is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Engineers from Scotland
Died at 80 (1855-1935) Sir James Alfred Ewing KCB FRS FRSE MInstitCE was a Scottish physicist and engineer, best known for his work on the magnetic properties of metals and, in particular, for his discovery of, and ...more

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James Brunlees is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Engineers from Scotland
Died at 76 (1816-1892) Sir James Brunlees was a Scottish civil engineer. He was born in Kelso in the Scottish Borders in 1816.

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James Clerk Maxwell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Engineers from Scotland
Died at 48 (1831-1879) James Clerk Maxwell FRS FRSE was a Scottish scientist in the field of mathematical physics. His most notable achievement was to formulate the classical theory of electromagnetic radiation, ...more

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James Graham, 6th Duke of Mont... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Engineers from Scotland
James Graham, 6th Duke of Montrose Died at 76 (1878-1954) James Graham, 6th Duke of Montrose KT CB CVO VD, was a Scottish nobleman, politician and engineer. The eldest son of Douglas Graham, 5th Duke of Montrose, he was educated at Eton College. In ...more

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James Nasmyth is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Engineers from Scotland
Died at 82 (1808-1890) James Hall Nasmyth was a Scottish engineer and inventor famous for his development of the steam hammer. He was the co-founder of Nasmyth, Gaskell and Company manufacturers of machine tools. He ...more

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James R. Barr is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Engineers from Scotland
James R. Barr Died at 25 (1885-1910) James Robertson Barr A.M.I.E.E. was a Scottish engineer and lecturer in Electrical Engineering at Heriot-Watt College, Edinburgh. He was an apprentice to Bruce Peebles & Co. Ltd. and spent a ...more

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James Walker is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Engineers from Scotland
Died at 81 (1781-1862) James Walker FRS, was an influential Scottish civil engineer. Born in Falkirk, he was apprenticed to his uncle Ralph Walker. Around 1800 they worked on the design and construction of London's ...more

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James Watt is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Engineers from Scotland
Died at 83 (1736-1819) James Watt, FRS, FRSE was a Scottish inventor and mechanical engineer whose improvements to the Newcomen steam engine were fundamental to the changes brought by the Industrial Revolution in both ...more

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John Logie Baird is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Engineers from Scotland
Died at 58 (1888-1946) John Logie Baird FRSE was a Scottish engineer, innovator and inventor of the world's first mechanical television; the first publicly demonstrated colour television system; and the first purely ...more

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John Loudon McAdam is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Engineers from Scotland
John Loudon McAdam Died at 80 (1756-1836) John Loudon McAdam was a Scottish engineer and road-builder. He invented a new process, "macadamisation", for building roads with a smooth hard surface, using controlled materials of ...more

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John Reith, 1st Baron Reith is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Engineers from Scotland
Died at 82 (1889-1971) John Charles Walsham Reith, 1st Baron Reith, KT GCVO GBE CB TD PC was a British broadcasting executive who established the tradition of independent public service broadcasting in the United ...more

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John Rennie the Elder is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Engineers from Scotland
Died at 60 (1761-1821) John Rennie FRSE FRS was a Scottish civil engineer who designed many bridges, canals, and docks.

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Pete McLaren is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Engineers from Scotland
Pete McLaren Pete McLaren was the father of Malcolm McLaren.

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Richard Henry Brunton is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Engineers from Scotland
Died at 60 (1841-1901) Richard Henry Brunton FRGS MICE was the so-called "Father of Japanese lighthouses". Brunton was born in Muchalls, Kincardineshire, Scotland. He was employed by the government of Meiji ...more

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Robert Bald is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Engineers from Scotland
Died at 85 (1776-1861) Robert Bald FRSE FSA MWS was a Scottish surveyor, civil and mining engineer, and antiquarian. He was born in Culross, Scotland, the son of Alexander Bald, a colliery agent of Alloa. Robert Bald ...more

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Robert Mylne is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Engineers from Scotland
Died at 78 (1733-1811) Robert Mylne was a Scottish architect and civil engineer, particularly remembered for his design for Blackfriars Bridge in London. Born and raised in Edinburgh, he travelled to Europe as a young ...more

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Robert Stevenson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Engineers from Scotland
Died at 78 (1772-1850) Robert Stevenson FRSE, FGS, FRAS, MSA Scot, MWS, MInstCE was a Scottish civil engineer and famed designer and builder of lighthouses. One of his finest achievements was the construction of the ...more

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Ronald King Murray, Lord Murra... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Engineers from Scotland
age 95 Ronald King Murray, Lord Murray PC is a former Scottish Labour politician and judge. Educated at George Watson's College, Edinburgh, the University of Edinburgh and Jesus College, Oxford, he ...more

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Sandford Fleming is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Engineers from Scotland
Died at 88 (1827-1915) Sir Sandford Fleming, KCMG was a Scottish-born Canadian engineer and inventor. He proposed worldwide standard time zones, designed Canada's first postage stamp, left a huge body of surveying and ...more

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Thomas Drummond is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Engineers from Scotland
Died at 43 (1797-1840) Captain Thomas Drummond, from Edinburgh, Scotland, was an army officer, civil engineer and senior public official. Drummond used the Drummond light which was employed in the trigonometrical ...more

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Thomas Lomar Gray is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Engineers from Scotland
Died at 58 (1850-1908) Thomas Lomar Gray was a Scottish engineer noted for his pioneering work in seismology.

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Thomas Stevenson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Engineers from Scotland
Died at 69 (1818-1887) Thomas Stevenson PRSE MInstCE FRSSA FSAScot was a pioneering Scottish lighthouse designer and meteorologist, who designed over thirty lighthouses in and around Scotland, as well as the Stevenson ...more

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Thomas Telford is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Engineers from Scotland
Died at 77 (1757-1834) Thomas Telford FRS, FRSE was a Scottish civil engineer, architect and stonemason, and a noted road, bridge and canal builder. After establishing himself as an engineer of road and canal projects ...more

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Wilfrid Normand, Baron Normand is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Engineers from Scotland
Died at 78 (1884-1962) Wilfrid Guild Normand, Baron Normand, PC, was a Scottish politician and judge.

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William Fife is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Engineers from Scotland
William Fife Died at 87 (1857-1944) William Fife III OBE, also known as Wm. Fife, Jr., was the third generation of a family of Scottish yacht designers and builders. Fife was born in the small village of Fairlie on the Firth of ...more

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William George Nicholson Gedde... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Engineers from Scotland
Died at 80 (1913-1993) William George Nicholson Geddes, CBE DSc FRSE FEng was a Scottish civil engineer. George Geddes was born in Oldhamstocks, East Lothian and studied civil engineering at Edinburgh University, ...more

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William John Macquorn Rankine is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Engineers from Scotland
Died at 52 (1820-1872) William John Macquorn Rankine, FRSE FRS was in the first place a Scottish mechanical engineer and on second place civil engineer, physicist and mathematician. He was a founding contributor, with ...more

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William Kennedy Dickson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Engineers from Scotland
Died at 75 (1860-1935) William Kennedy Laurie Dickson was a Scottish inventor who devised an early motion picture camera under the employment of Thomas Edison.

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William Murdoch is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Engineers from Scotland
Died at 85 (1754-1839) William Murdoch was a Scottish engineer and long-term inventor. Murdoch was employed by the firm of Boulton and Watt and worked for them in Cornwall, as a steam engine erector for ten years, ...more

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William Playfair is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Engineers from Scotland
Died at 64 (1759-1823) William Playfair was a Scottish engineer and political economist, the founder of graphical methods of statistics. William Playfair invented four types of diagrams: in 1786 the line graph and bar ...more

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William Symington is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Engineers from Scotland
William Symington Died at 68 (1763-1831) William Symington was a Scottish engineer and inventor, and the builder of the first practical steamboat, the Charlotte Dundas.

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William Thomson, 1st Baron Kel... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Engineers from Scotland
Died at 83 (1824-1907) William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin OM GCVO PC PRS PRSE was a British mathematical physicist and engineer who was born in Belfast in 1824. At the University of Glasgow he did important work in the ...more