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

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A. J. Cronin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Novelists from Scotland
A. J. Cronin Died at 85 (1896-1981) Archibald Joseph Cronin, MB, ChB, MD, DPH, MRCP was a Scottish novelist and physician. His best-known novel was The Citadel, about a doctor in a Welsh mining village who quickly moves up the ...more

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A. L. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Novelists from Scotland
A. L. Kennedy age 52 Alison Louise "A. L." Kennedy is a Scottish writer of novels, short stories and non-fiction, and stand-up comedian. She is known for her characteristically dark tone, a blending of ...more

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Agnes Owens is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Novelists from Scotland
Agnes Owens age 92 Agnes Owens was a Scottish author.

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Alan Warner is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Novelists from Scotland
Alan Warner age 54 Alan Warner, a Scottish novelist, grew up in Connel, near Oban. He is the author of six novels: the acclaimed Morvern Callar, winner of a Somerset Maugham Award; These Demented Lands, winner of ...more

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Alasdair Gray is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Novelists from Scotland
Alasdair Gray age 83 Alasdair Gray is a Scottish writer and artist. His most acclaimed work is his first novel, Lanark, published in 1981 and written over a period of almost 30 years. It is now regarded as a ...more

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Alexander McCall Smith is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Novelists from Scotland
Alexander McCall Smith age 69 R. Alexander "Sandy" McCall Smith, CBE, FRSE, is a Rhodesian-born British writer and Emeritus Professor of Medical Law at the University of Edinburgh. In the late twentieth century, ...more

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Ali Smith is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Novelists from Scotland
Ali Smith age 56 Ali Smith CBE FRSL is a Scottish writer. She was born to working-class parents, raised in a council house in Inverness and now lives in Cambridge. She studied at the University of Aberdeen and ...more

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Andrew Lang is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Novelists from Scotland
Andrew Lang Died 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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Arthur Conan Doyle is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Novelists from Scotland
Arthur Conan Doyle Died at 71 (1859-1930) Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle KStJ, DL was a Scottish writer and physician, most noted for his fictional stories about the detective Sherlock Holmes, which are generally considered milestones ...more

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Bernard MacLaverty is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Novelists from Scotland
Bernard MacLaverty age 75 Bernard MacLaverty is a writer of fiction. His novels include Lamb, Cal, Grace Notes and The Anatomy School. He has written five books of short stories.

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Campbell Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Novelists from Scotland
Campbell Armstrong Died at 69 (1944-2013) Campbell Armstrong was born Thomas Campbell Black and was a Scottish author who graduated with a degree in Philosophy from the University of Sussex, England. He taught creative writing from 1971 ...more

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Carol Anne Davis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Novelists from Scotland
Carol Anne Davis age 57 Carol Anne Davis, born in Dundee, Scotland in 1961, is a crime novelist and a writer on crime.

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Catherine Carswell is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Novelists from Scotland
Catherine Carswell Died 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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Charles Stross is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Novelists from Scotland
Charles Stross age 53 Charles David George "Charlie" Stross is a British writer of science fiction, Lovecraftian horror and fantasy. Stross specialises in hard science fiction and space opera. His ...more

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Christopher Brookmyre is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Novelists from Scotland
Christopher Brookmyre age 49 Christopher Brookmyre is a Scottish novelist whose novels mix comedy, politics, social comment and action with a strong narrative. He has been referred to as a Tartan Noir author. His debut ...more

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Compton Mackenzie is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Novelists from Scotland
Compton Mackenzie Died at 89 (1883-1972) Compton Mackenzie is a writer.

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Craig Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Novelists from Scotland
Craig Ferguson age 55 Craig Ferguson is a Scottish-born American television host, stand-up comedian, writer, actor, director, author, producer and voice artist. He was the host of The Late Late Show with Craig ...more

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Craig Russell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Novelists from Scotland
Craig Russell age 62 Craig Russell is a British-born novelist and short story writer. His Hamburg-set thriller series featuring detective Jan Fabel has been translated into 23 languages. Russell speaks fluent German ...more

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D. E. Stevenson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Novelists from Scotland
D. E. Stevenson Died at 81 (1892-1973) D. E. Stevenson, Dorothy Emily Peploe was a Scottish author of more than 40 light romantic novels. Her father was the lighthouse engineer David Alan Stevenson, first cousin to the author Robert ...more

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David Pringle is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Novelists from Scotland
David Pringle age 68 David Pringle is a Scottish science fiction editor. Pringle served as the editor of Foundation, an academic journal, from 1980 through 1986, during which time he became one of the prime movers ...more

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David Wishart is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Novelists from Scotland
David Wishart age 66 David Wishart is a Scottish author.

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Debi Gliori is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Novelists from Scotland
Debi Gliori age 59 Debi Gliori is a Scottish author and illustrator of children's books. Her work has been shortlisted for, or won several notable artistic/literary awards.

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Denise Mina is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Novelists from Scotland
Denise Mina age 52 Denise Mina is a Scottish crime writer and playwright. She has written the Garnethill trilogy and another three novels featuring the character Patricia "Paddy" Meehan, a Glasgow ...more

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Dilys Rose is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Novelists from Scotland
Dilys Rose age 64 Dilys Rose is a Scottish poet and fiction writer. Born in 1954 in Glasgow, Rose studied at Edinburgh University, where she has been teaching Creative Writing since 2001. She is currently ...more

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Dorothy Dunnett is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Novelists from Scotland
Dorothy Dunnett Died at 78 (1923-2001) Dorothy Dunnett OBE was a Scottish historical novelist. She is best known for her six-part series about Francis Crawford of Lymond, The Lymond Chronicles, which she followed with the eight-part ...more

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Eddie Campbell is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Novelists from Scotland
Eddie Campbell age 62 Eddie Campbell is a Scottish comics artist and cartoonist who now lives in Australia. Probably best known as the illustrator and publisher of From Hell, Campbell is also the creator of the ...more

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Eric Linklater is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Novelists from Scotland
Eric Linklater Died 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

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Eric Temple Bell is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Novelists from Scotland
Eric Temple Bell Died at 77 (1883-1960) Eric Temple Bell was a Scottish-born mathematician and science fiction writer who lived in the United States for most of his life. He published non-fiction under his given name and fiction as ...more

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F. Gwynplaine MacIntyre is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Novelists from Scotland
F. Gwynplaine MacIntyre Died at 62 (1948-2010) Fergus Gwynplaine MacIntyre known as Froggy was a journalist, novelist, poet and illustrator, who lived in New York City and said he had lived in Scotland and Wales. MacIntyre's writings include ...more

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Fionn MacColla is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Novelists from Scotland
Fionn MacColla Fionn MacColla was a Scottish novelist closely connected to the Scottish Renaissance. Although he wrote in English, he was very interested in Scottish Gaelic language and culture and campaigned ...more

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Gavin Esler is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Novelists from Scotland
Gavin Esler age 65 Gavin Esler is a Scottish BBC television presenter and author. Esler was a main presenter on BBC Two's flagship political analysis programme, Newsnight, from January 2003 until January 2014. He ...more

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George MacBeth is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Novelists from Scotland
George MacBeth Died at 60 (1932-1992) George Mann MacBeth was a Scottish poet and novelist. He was born in Shotts, Lanarkshire. When he was three, his family moved to Sheffield. He was educated in Sheffield at King Edward VII School ...more

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George MacDonald is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Novelists from Scotland
George MacDonald Died at 81 (1824-1905) George MacDonald was a Scottish author, poet, and Christian minister. He was a pioneering figure in the field of fantasy literature and the mentor of fellow writer Lewis Carroll. His writings ...more

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Glenn Chandler is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Novelists from Scotland
Glenn Chandler age 69 Glenn Chandler is an award-winning Scottish playwright and novelist. He has written plays for theatre and radio, original screenplays for television and films, television series, and novels. His ...more

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Helen Clark MacInnes is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Novelists from Scotland
Helen Clark MacInnes Died at 78 (1907-1985) Helen Clark MacInnes was a Scottish-American author of espionage novels.

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Helen Douglas Irvine is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Novelists from Scotland
Helen Douglas Irvine Died at 67 (1880-1947) Helen Douglas Irvine was a Scottish novelist, historian and translator and was one of the Douglases of Grangemuir. She was one of the first female graduates of St Andrews University having read ...more

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Henry Mackenzie is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Novelists from Scotland
Henry Mackenzie Died at 86 (1745-1831) Henry Mackenzie FRSE was a Scottish lawyer, novelist and writer. He was also known by the sobriquet "Addison of the North."

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Iain Banks is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Novelists from Scotland
Iain Banks Died at 59 (1954-2013) Iain Banks was a Scottish author. He wrote mainstream fiction under the name Iain Banks, and science fiction as Iain M. Banks, including the initial of his adopted middle name Menzies. Following ...more

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Iain Crichton Smith is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Novelists from Scotland
Iain Crichton Smith Died at 70 (1928-1998) Iain Crichton Smith was a Scottish man of letters, writing in both English and Scottish Gaelic, and a prolific author in both languages. He is known for poetry, short stories and novels. He was ...more

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Ian Rankin is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Novelists from Scotland
Ian Rankin age 57 Ian James Rankin, OBE, DL, FRSE is a Scottish crime writer, best known for his Inspector Rebus novels.

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Irvine Welsh is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Novelists from Scotland
Irvine Welsh age 59 Irvine Welsh is a Scottish novelist, playwright and short story writer. He is recognised for his novel Trainspotting, which was later made into a critically acclaimed film of the same name. His ...more

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J. M. Barrie is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Novelists from Scotland
J. M. Barrie Died at 77 (1860-1937) Sir James Matthew Barrie, 1st Baronet, OM was a Scottish author and dramatist, best remembered today as the creator of Peter Pan. The child of a family of small-town weavers, he was educated in ...more

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Jack Whyte is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Novelists from Scotland
Jack Whyte age 78 Jack Whyte is a Scottish-Canadian novelist of historical fiction. Born and raised in Scotland, Whyte has been living in Canada since 1967. He resides in Kelowna, British Columbia. Whyte's major ...more

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Jackie Kay is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Novelists from Scotland
Jackie Kay age 56 Jackie Kay MBE is a Scottish poet and novelist.

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James Hogg is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Novelists from Scotland
James Hogg Died at 65 (1770-1835) James Hogg was a Scottish poet, novelist and essayist who wrote in both Scots and English. As a young man he worked as a shepherd and farmhand, and was largely self-educated through reading. He ...more

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James Robertson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Novelists from Scotland
James Robertson age 60 James Robertson is a Scottish writer who grew up in Bridge of Allan, Stirlingshire. He is the author of several short story and poetry collections, and has published five novels: The Fanatic, ...more

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Jane Duncan is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Novelists from Scotland
Jane Duncan Died at 66 (1910-1976) Jane Duncan was the pseudonym of Scottish writer Elizabeth Jane Cameron, best known for her My Friends series of semi-autobiographical novels. She also wrote four novels under the name of her ...more

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Jane Porter is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Novelists from Scotland
Jane Porter Died at 74 (1776-1850) Jane Porter was a British historical novelist, dramatist and literary figure.

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Janice Galloway is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Novelists from Scotland
Janice Galloway age 62 Janice Galloway is a writer of novels, short stories, prose-poetry, non-fiction and libretti.

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Jessie Kesson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Novelists from Scotland
Jessie Kesson Died at 78 (1916-1994) Jessie Kesson, born as Jessie Grant McDonald, was a Scottish novelist, playwright and radio producer.