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Famous Politicians from Scotland

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List of famous politicians from Scotland, listed alphabetically with photos when available. This list of popular Scottish politicians includes members of the government who are either active or inactive, some of who might even now be dead. These are some of the most well-known Scottish politicians of all time, so if you're a native of Scotland and want to work for your country then these are the people you should look up to. If you're searching for a particular politician from Scotland, then use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

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You can click on the names of these renowned politicians of Scotland in order to get more information about each one.
  • 1

    Adam Duncan, 1st Viscount Duncan

    Dec. at 73 (1731-1804)

    BirthplaceDundee, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Adam Duncan, 1st Viscount Duncan (1 July 1731 – 4 August 1804) was a British admiral who defeated the Dutch fleet off Camperdown (north of Haarlem) on 11 October 1797. This victory is considered one...  more
  • 2

    BirthplaceGlasgow, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Adam Paterson Ingram (born 1 February 1947) is a British Labour Party politician, who was the Member of Parliament (MP) for East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow from 1987 to 2010....  more
  • 3

    Alan Reid

    Age: 65

    BirthplaceAyr, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Alan Reid may refer to: Alan Reid (artist) (born 1976), American artist Alan Reid (Australian footballer) (born 1956), businessman and former Australian rules footballer for East Fremantle, Essendon...  more
  • 4

    BirthplaceAshkirk, United Kingdom


    Alasdair James Allan (born 6 May 1971) is the Scottish National Party (SNP) Member of Scottish Parliament (MSP) for the Na h-Eileanan an Iar constituency. He was the Scottish Government's Minister...  more
  • 5

    BirthplaceLinlithgow, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Alexander Elliot Anderson Salmond (; born 31 December 1954) is a Scottish politician who served as the First Minister of Scotland from 2007 to 2014. He was the leader of the Scottish National Party...  more
  • 6

    Alexander B. Bruce

    Alexander Bern Bruce was a Scottish American baker and politician who served as the twenty second Mayor of Lawrence, Massachusetts....  more
  • 7

    Alexander Brough

    Dec. at 77 (1863-1940)

    BirthplaceGlasgow, Scotland

    NationalityUnited States of America, Scotland

    Alexander Brough was an American lawyer and politician from New York....  more
  • 8

    Alexander Gunn

    Dec. at 79 (1828-1907)

    BirthplaceCaithness, United Kingdom

    NationalityCanada, Scotland

    Alexander Gunn may refer to: Alexander Gunn (politician) Alexander Gunn (doctor)...  more
  • 9

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Alexander Hamilton, 10th Duke of Hamilton, 7th Duke of Brandon KG PC FRS FSA (3 October 1767 – 18 August 1852) was a Scottish politician and art collector....  more
  • 10

    Alexander Kennedy Smith

    Dec. at 57 (1824-1881)


    NationalityScotland, Australia

    Alexander Kennedy Smith (7 July 1824 – 16 January 1881) was a Scottish/Australian engineer and former Mayor of Melbourne....  more
  • 11

    Alexander Mackenzie

    Dec. at 70 (1822-1892)

    BirthplaceLogierait, United Kingdom

    NationalityCanada, Scotland

    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
  • 12

    Alexander Maconochie, Lord Meadowbank

    Dec. at 84 (1777-1861)


    The Right Honourable Alexander Maconochie, Lord Meadowbank of Garvock and Pitliver FRSE FSA(Scot) (2 March 1777–30 November1861), was a Scottish advocate, judge, landowner and politician. After 1854...  more
  • 13

    Alexander Maitland

    Alexander Maitland was a Lieutenant Governor in the US state of Michigan from 1903 to 1906....  more
  • 14

    Alexander Mitchell

    Dec. at 70 (1817-1887)

    BirthplaceEllon, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited States of America, Scotland

    Alexander or Alex Mitchell may refer to:...  more
  • 15

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Alexander Pollock (born 21 July 1944) is a former Scottish Conservative Party politician and now a sheriff. He was educated at Rutherglen Academy, Glasgow Academy, Brasenose College, Oxford and at...  more
  • 16

    Alexander R. Todd, Baron Todd

    Dec. at 90 (1907-1997)

    BirthplaceCathcart, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Alexander Robertus Todd, Baron Todd of Trumpington (2 October 1907 – 10 January 1997) was a Scottish biochemist whose research on the structure and synthesis of nucleotides, nucleosides, and...  more
  • 17

    Alexander Ure, 1st Baron Strathclyde

    Dec. at 75 (1853-1928)

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Alexander Ure, 1st Baron Strathclyde, (22 February 1853 – 2 October 1928) was a Scottish politician, judge, and georgist land value tax activist....  more
  • 18

    Alfred Douglas-Hamilton, 13th Duke of Hamilton

    Dec. at 78 (1862-1940)

    BirthplaceShanklin, England


    Lieutenant Alfred Douglas Douglas-Hamilton, 13th Duke of Hamilton and 10th Duke of Brandon TD, DL (6 March 1862 – 16 March 1940) was a Scottish nobleman and sailor....  more
  • 19

    Alick Buchanan-Smith

    Dec. at 59 (1932-1991)

    BirthplaceEdinburgh, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Alick Buchanan-Smith may refer to: Alick Buchanan-Smith, Baron Balerno (1898–1984), British Army officer and scientist Alick Buchanan-Smith (politician) (1932–1991), his son, British Conservative...  more
  • 20

    BirthplaceMunicipal Borough of Hendon, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Alistair Maclean Darling, Baron Darling of Roulanish, (born 28 November 1953), is a British Labour Party politician who served as Chancellor of the Exchequer in the Labour Government from 2007-2010...  more
  • 21

    Allan Octavian Hume

    Dec. at 83 (1829-1912)

    BirthplaceEurasia, Montrose, United Kingdom, Angus, United Kingdom

    NationalityIndia, Scotland

    Allan Octavian Hume, CB ICS (4 June 1829 – 31 July 1912) was a member of the Imperial Civil Service (later the Indian Civil Service), a political reformer, ornithologist and botanist who worked in...  more
  • 22

    Alyn Smith

    Age: 46

    BirthplaceGlasgow, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Alyn Smith (born 15 September 1973) is a Scottish politician, and Scottish National Party Member of the European Parliament for Scotland....  more
  • 23

    Andrew Constable, Lord Constable

    Dec. at 63 (1865-1928)


    "Lord Constable" redirects here; not to be confused with the subsidiary title of the Viscount of Dunbar. Arthur Henderson Briggs "Andrew" Constable, Lord Constable (3 March 1865 – 4 November 1928)...  more
  • 24

    Andrew Gilbert Wauchope

    Dec. at 53 (1846-1899)

    NationalityScotland, United Kingdom

    Major-General Andrew Gilbert Wauchope (5 July 1846 – 11 December 1899) was a British Army officer, killed commanding a brigade at the Battle of Magersfontein in the South African War....  more
  • 25

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Andrew Graham Murray, 1st Viscount Dunedin, (21 November 1849 – 21 August 1942) was a Scottish politician and judge. He served as Secretary for Scotland between 1903 and 1905, as Lord Justice...  more