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Famous Journalists from Scotland

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

Examples include Andrew Lang and Iain Torrance.

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

Use this list of renowned Scottish journalists to discover some new journalists that you aren't familiar with. Don't forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. (59 items)
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Alastair Borthwick is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Journalists from Scotland
Dec. at 90 (1913-2003)

Birthplace: Rutherglen, United Kingdom

Alastair Charles Borthwick OBE (17 February 1913 – 25 September 2003) was a Scottish author and broadcaster whose books recorded the popularisation of climbing as a working class sport in ...more
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Alex Massie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Journalists from Scotland
Alex Massie Age: 44
Alex Massie (born 1 July 1974) is a Scottish freelance journalist commentator based in Edinburgh.
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Alexander Chalmers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Journalists from Scotland
Dec. at 75 (1759-1834)

Birthplace: Aberdeen, United Kingdom

Alexander Chalmers was a Scottish writer. He was born in Aberdeen. Trained as a doctor, he gave up medicine for journalism, and was for some time editor of the Morning Herald. Besides editions ...more
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Alexander Mackenzie is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Journalists from Scotland
Dec. at 70 (1822-1892)

Birthplace: Logierait, United Kingdom

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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Allan Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Journalists from Scotland
Dec. at 58 (1784-1842)

Birthplace: Keir, Dumfries and Galloway, United Kingdom

Allan Cunningham (7 December 1784 – 30 October 1842) was a Scottish poet and author.
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Andrew Combe is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Journalists from Scotland
Dec. at 50 (1797-1847)

Birthplace: Eurasia, United Kingdom, Scotland, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, + more

Andrew Combe (27 October 1797 – 9 August 1847) was a Scottish physician and phrenologist.
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Andrew Lang is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Journalists from Scotland
Dec. at 68 (1844-1912)

Birthplace: Selkirk, Scottish Borders, United Kingdom

Andrew Lang (31 March 1844 – 20 July 1912 ) was a Scottish poet, novelist, literary critic, and contributor to the field of anthropology. He is best known as a collector of folk and fairy tales. ...more
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Andrew Marr is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Journalists from Scotland
Age: 59

Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland

Andrew William Stevenson Marr (born 31 July 1959) is a British political commentator and television presenter. Beginning his career as a political commentator, he subsequently edited The ...more
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Angus Robertson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Journalists from Scotland
Age: 49

Birthplace: Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom

Angus Struan Carolus Robertson (born 28 September 1969) is a former Scottish politician who was the Depute Leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) and was the party's spokesperson on the ...more
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Anne Lorne Gillies is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Journalists from Scotland
Dec. at 30 (1944-1974)

Birthplace: Stirling, Eurasia, Stirling, United Kingdom, Scotland, + more

Anne Lorne Gillies (Scottish Gaelic: Anna Latharna NicGillìosa) is a singer, writer and Gaelic activist. She is a classically trained musician and a professional singer/songwriter. She ...more
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B. C. Forbes is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Journalists from Scotland
Dec. at 74 (1880-1954)

Birthplace: New Deer, United Kingdom

Bertie Charles Forbes (; May 14, 1880 – May 6, 1954) was a Scottish-born American financial journalist and author who founded Forbes magazine.
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Beverley Lyons is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Journalists from Scotland
Beverley Lyons Age: 46
Beverley Lyons is a Scottish entertainment journalist, vlogger and broadcaster. She created Clubber Of The Week in the Glasgow Evening Times and currently writes a daily showbiz and lifestyle ...more
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Bill Knox is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Journalists from Scotland
Dec. at 71 (1928-1999)

Birthplace: Glasgow, United Kingdom

William (Bill) Knox (1928 – March 1999) was a Scottish author, journalist and broadcaster, best known for his crime novels and for presenting the long-running STV series Crimedesk. Born in ...more
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Bill Leckie is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Journalists from Scotland

Birthplace: Scotland

Bill Leckie is a Scottish Sports journalist and broadcaster who currently writes for the Scottish edition of The Sun newspaper.Leckie also does commentary on Scottish Football League matches for ...more
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Brian Morton is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Journalists from Scotland
Age: 65

Birthplace: Eurasia, United Kingdom, Scotland, Paisley, Renfrewshire, + more

Brian Morton (born 1954) is a Scottish writer, journalist and former broadcaster, specialising in jazz and modern literature.
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Carrie Gracie is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Journalists from Scotland
Age: 57

Birthplace: Bahrain

Carrie Gracie (Chinese: 凱瑞; born 1962) is a Scottish journalist best-known as having been the China editor for BBC News. She resigned from this post at the beginning of January 2018, citing what ...more
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Catherine Carswell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Journalists from Scotland
Dec. at 67 (1879-1946)

Birthplace: Glasgow, United Kingdom

Catherine Roxburgh Carswell (née Macfarlane; 27 March 1879 – 18 February 1946) was a Scottish author, biographer and journalist, now known as one of the few women who took part in the ...more
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Colin Paterson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Journalists from Scotland
Colin Paterson Age: 45
Colin Paterson (born 1974) is a Scottish journalist and broadcaster who is an Arts and Entertainment correspondent for the BBC and has been a presenter and reporter on BBC Three's Liquid News.
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Danny Wallace is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Journalists from Scotland
Age: 42

Birthplace: Dundee, Scotland

Daniel Frederick Wallace (born 16 November 1976) is a British filmmaker, comedian, writer, actor, and presenter of radio and television. His notable works include the books Join Me, Yes Man, ...more

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David Cromwell is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Journalists from Scotland
Age: 57

Birthplace: Glasgow, United Kingdom

David Cromwell (born 1962) is a British media campaigner and oceanographer. With David Edwards, he is a co-editor of the Media Lens website. Cromwell was born in Glasgow. His mother was a ...more
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David Keenan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Journalists from Scotland
David Keenan Age: 47
David Keenan (born April 1971) is a Scottish author, critic and musician. He is the author of England's Hidden Reverse, a biography of Coil, Current 93 and Nurse With Wound, a regular ...more
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Don Paterson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Journalists from Scotland
Age: 56

Birthplace: Eurasia, United Kingdom, Scotland, Tayside, United Kingdom, + more

Donald Paterson (born 1963) is a Scottish poet, writer and musician.
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Dougie Vipond is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Journalists from Scotland
Age: 52

Birthplace: Elderslie, United Kingdom

Douglas "Dougie" Vipond (born 15 October 1966) is a Scottish broadcaster and drummer.
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Duncan Lunan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Journalists from Scotland
Age: 73

Birthplace: Eurasia, United Kingdom, Scotland, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, + more

Duncan Alasdair Lunan, born October 1945, is a Scottish author with emphasis on astronomy, spaceflight and science fiction, undertaking a wide range of writing and speaking on those and other ...more
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Eric Linklater is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Journalists from Scotland
Dec. at 75 (1899-1974)

Birthplace: Eurasia, United Kingdom, Penarth

Eric Robert Russell Linklater (8 March 1899 – 7 November 1974) was a Welsh-born Scottish poet, writer of novels, short stories, military history, and travel books. For The Wind on the Moon, a ...more