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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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This historic engineers from Scotland list can help answer the questions "Who are some Scottish engineers of note?" and "Who are the most famous engineers from Scotland?" These prominent engineers of Scotland may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Scottish engineers.

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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 LLD MInstCE (28 April 1807– 23 December 1865) was a Scottish civil engineer, known for designing and building lighthouses in and around Scotland.
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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 (7 July 1824 – 16 January 1881) 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 most commonly refers to: Alexander Mackenzie (explorer) (1764–1820), explorer and commercial partner of the North West Company Alexander Mackenzie (politician) (1822–1892), ...more
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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 (26 March 1894 – 7 November 1985) was a Scottish engineer most famous for his theory of the Megalithic yard, categorisation of stone circles and his studies of ...more
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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 (25 May 1849 – 13 May 1917), 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 (28 August 1891 Arensburg – 11 October 1984 Glasgow) was an Estonian-born Scottish sculptor, and one of twentieth century Scotland's leading artists.
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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 Mur... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Engineers from Scotland
Dec. at 70 (1866-1936)
Rt Hon Charles David Murray, Lord Murray (20 October 1866 – 9 June 1936) was a Scottish Tory politician, lawyer and judge. He became Lord Advocate in 1922.
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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 CB (1754–8 May 1821) 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 ...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 FRSE MIME FRSSA MICE (21 July 1854 in Edinburgh – 11 April 1938) was a lighthouse engineer who built twenty six lighthouses in and around Scotland.
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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 (1788 – 12 November 1873) 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 MICE FRSE FRSSA (11 January 1815 – 17 July 1886) was a Scottish lighthouse designer, who designed over 30 lighthouses in and around Scotland, and helped continue the dynasty of ...more
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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 (1855–1945) 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 ...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 (born 18 July 1963, in Montrose, Angus, Scotland) is a British vexillologist who is Secretary-General for Congresses of the Fédération internationale des ...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 (9 October 1849 – 15 June 1920) was an amateur all-round sportsman who appeared for Scotland in some of the earliest international football and rugby union matches, ...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 (12 June 1930 – 22 October 1993), was a British military officer, engineer, and motor racing driver. He was a larger-than-life character who, according to a rival ...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 (12 June 1814 – 8 March 1896) 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 MInstitCE (27 March 1855 − 7 January 1935) was a Scottish physicist and engineer, best known for his work on the magnetic properties of metals and, in particular, for his ...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 FRSE MICE (1816 – 1892) was a Scottish civil engineer. He was President of the Institution of Civil Engineers for 1882-3.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 (13 June 1831 – 5 November 1879) was a Scottish scientist in the field of mathematical physics. His most notable achievement was to formulate the classical theory of ...more

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James Graham, 6th Duke o... 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 (1 May 1878 – 20 January 1954) was a Scottish nobleman, naval officer, politician and engineer. He took the first photograph of a solar eclipse and is credited ...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 (sometimes spelled Naesmyth, Nasmith, or Nesmyth) (19 August 1808 – 7 May 1890) was a Scottish engineer, philosopher, artist and inventor famous for his development of the ...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. (22 October 1884 – 5 December 1910) was a Scottish engineer and lecturer in Electrical Engineering at Heriot-Watt College, Edinburgh. He was an apprentice to ...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