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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
Dec. 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
age 53
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
age 93
Agnes Owens was a Scottish author.

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Alan Warner is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Novelists from Scotland
age 55
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
age 84
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
age 70
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
age 57
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
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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Arthur Conan Doyle is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Novelists from Scotland
Dec. 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
age 76
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
Dec. 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
age 58
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
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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Charles Stross is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Novelists from Scotland
age 54
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
age 50
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
Dec. 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
age 56
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
age 63
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
Dec. 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
age 69
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
age 67
David Wishart is a Scottish author.

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Debi Gliori is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Novelists from Scotland
age 60
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
age 53
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
age 65
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
Dec. 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