Famous Historians from Scotland

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

List features people like James Murdoch and John Reid, Baron Reid of Cardowan.

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

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  • Angus Konstam is a Scottish author and historian. Born in Aberdeen, Scotland and raised on the Orkney Islands, he now resides in Edinburgh. He has written more than 60 books on maritime history, naval history, historical atlases, and other historical non-fiction.
    • Age: 63
    • Birthplace: Aberdeen, United Kingdom
    • Age: 50
    • Birthplace: Eurasia, United Kingdom, Scotland
  • David R. Ross
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    David Robertson Ross (28 February 1958 – 2 January 2010) was a Scottish author and historian. He published eight books, most of them mixing elements of Scottish history and travel literature. He was for many years, until his death, the elected convenor of The Society of William Wallace, an association aimed to commemorate the life and the personality of William Wallace. On the 700th anniversary of Wallace's capture and subsequent execution he undertook a 450-mile walk in Wallace's honour. He was a strong supporter of Scottish independence.
    • Age: Dec. at 51 (1958-2010)
    • Birthplace: Giffnock, United Kingdom
  • Douglas Jackson

    Douglas Jackson is a Scottish novelist. Jackson grew up in the town of Jedburgh in the Scottish Borders. A journalist on local and national newspapers for 36 years, Jackson left The Scotsman where he was Assistant Editor, in 2009 to become a full-time writer.
    • Age: 67
    • Birthplace: Scottish Borders, Jedburgh, Eurasia, United Kingdom, United Kingdom
  • James Murdoch
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    James Murdoch (27 September 1856 – 30 October 1921) was a Scottish scholar and journalist, who worked as a teacher in the Empire of Japan and Australia. From 1903–1917, he wrote the three-volume A History of Japan, the first comprehensive history of Japan in the English language. The third volume was published posthumously in 1926.
    • Age: Dec. at 65 (1856-1921)
    • Birthplace: Stonehaven, United Kingdom
  • John Mooney

    John Mooney was a Scottish historian. He was a founder of the Orkney Antiquarian Society.
    • Age: Dec. at 88 (1862-1950)