Famous Poets from Scotland

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

List contains people like Robert Louis Stevenson, Edwin Morgan.

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

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  • Alison Cockburn
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    Alison Cockburn also Alison Rutherford, or Alicia Cockburn (8 October 1712 – 22 November 1794) was a Scottish poet, wit and socialite who collected a circle of eminent friends in 18th-century enlightenment Edinburgh including Walter Scott, Robert Burns and David Hume.
    • Age: Dec. at 82 (1712-1794)
  • Anne Bannerman
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    Anne Bannerman (31 October 1765 – 29 September 1829) was a Scottish poet. She was part of the Edinburgh literary circle which included John Leyden, Jessie Stewart, and Thomas Campbell, and Dr Robert Anderson. Her work "remains significant for her Gothic ballads, as well as for her innovative sonnet series and her bold original odes."
    • Age: Dec. at 64 (1765-1829)
    • Birthplace: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Carol Ann Duffy
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    Dame Carol Ann Duffy (born 23 December 1955) is a Scottish poet and playwright. She is a professor of contemporary poetry at Manchester Metropolitan University, and was appointed Britain's Poet Laureate in May 2009, resigning in 2019. She is the first woman, the first Scot, and the first openly gay poet to hold the position.Her collections include Standing Female Nude (1985), winner of a Scottish Arts Council Award; Selling Manhattan (1987), which won a Somerset Maugham Award; Mean Time (1993), which won the Whitbread Poetry Award; and Rapture (2005), winner of the T. S. Eliot Prize. Her poems address issues such as oppression, gender, and violence in an accessible language that has made ...more
    • Age: 67
    • Birthplace: Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • Colin Galbraith
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    • Age: 49
    • Birthplace: Paisley, United Kingdom
  • Don Paterson
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    Donald Paterson (born 1963) is a Scottish poet, writer and musician.
    • Age: 60
    • Birthplace: Dundee, United Kingdom
  • Edwin George Morgan (27 April 1920 – 17 August 2010) was a Scottish poet and translator who was associated with the Scottish Renaissance. He is widely recognised as one of the foremost Scottish poets of the 20th century. In 1999, Morgan was made the first Glasgow Poet Laureate. In 2004, he was named as the first Scottish national poet: The Scots Makar.
    • Age: Dec. at 90 (1920-2010)
    • Birthplace: Glasgow, United Kingdom