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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.

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Alastair Borthwick is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Journalists from Scotland
Dec. at 90 (1913-2003)
Alastair Charles Borthwick OBE was a Scottish author and broadcaster whose books recorded the popularisation of climbing as a working class sport in Scotland, and the Second World War from the ...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 is a Scottish freelance journalist and libertarian 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)
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)
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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Allan Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Journalists from Scotland
Dec. at 58 (1784-1842)
Allan Cunningham 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)
Andrew Combe 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)
Andrew Lang was a Scots poet, novelist, literary critic, and contributor to the field of anthropology. He is best known as a collector of folk and fairy tales. The Andrew Lang lectures at the ...more
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Andrew Marr is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Journalists from Scotland
age 59
Andrew William Stevenson Marr is a British broadcaster and journalist. Beginning his career as a political commentator, he subsequently edited The Independent, and was political editor of BBC ...more
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Angus Robertson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Journalists from Scotland
age 49
Angus Struan Carolus Robertson is the Scottish National Party Member of Parliament for Moray. Robertson is the SNP Campaign Director for the referendum on Scottish independence, the SNP's ...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)
Anne Lorne Gillies is a singer, writer and Gaelic activist. She is a classically-trained musician, with a deep-rooted understanding of Scottish culture, and a professional singer/songwriter who ...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)
Bertie Charles Forbes 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 journalist. She is part of "The Razz" team at the Scottish Daily Record newspaper where she covers Entertainment. In 2002 she was part of a short-lived BBC ...more
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Bill Knox is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Journalists from Scotland
Dec. at 71 (1928-1999)
William Knox was a Scottish author, journalist and broadcaster, best known for his crime novels and for presenting the long-running STV series Crimedesk. Born in Glasgow, Knox became the ...more
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Bill Leckie is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Journalists from 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 ...more
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Brian Morton is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Journalists from Scotland
age 65
Brian Morton is a Scottish writer, journalist and former broadcaster, specialising in jazz and modern literature. Born in Paisley, near Glasgow and raised in Dunoon, Morton was educated at ...more
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Carrie Gracie is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Journalists from Scotland
age 57
Carrie Gracie is a Scottish journalist, who is employed by the BBC as the China editor for BBC News.
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Catherine Carswell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Journalists from Scotland
Dec. at 67 (1879-1946)
Catherine Roxburgh Carswell was a Scottish author, biographer and journalist, now known as one of the few women who took part in the Scottish Renaissance. Unlike her controversial biography of ...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 is a Scottish journalist and broadcaster who is the entertainment correspondent on BBC Radio 5 Live and has beena 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
Daniel Frederick "Danny" Wallace is a British filmmaker, comedian, writer, actor, and presenter of radio and television. His notable works include the books Join Me, Yes Man, voice ...more
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David Cromwell is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Journalists from Scotland
age 57
David Cromwell is a Scottish-born 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 practising ...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 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 contributor to The Wire ...more
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Don Paterson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Journalists from Scotland
age 56
Don Paterson, OBE, FRSL 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
Douglas "Dougie" Vipond is a Scottish broadcaster for BBC Scotland and drummer for pop band Deacon Blue.
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Duncan Lunan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Journalists from Scotland
age 73
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)
Eric Robert Russell Linklater was a Welsh-born Scottish writer of novels and short stories, military history, and travel books. For The Wind on the Moon, a children's fantasy novel, he won the ...more