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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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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 Dec. 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
Dec. 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 Dec. 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 Dec. 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
Dec. 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 Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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 Dec. 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 55
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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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 Dec. 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
Dec. 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 Dec. 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
Dec. 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