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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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Adam Duncan, 1st Viscount Dunc... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Politicians from Scotland
Died at 73 (1731-1804) Adam Duncan, 1st Viscount Duncan was a British admiral who defeated the Dutch fleet off Camperdown on 11 October 1797. This victory was considered one of the most significant actions in naval

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Adam Ingram is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Politicians from Scotland
age 71 Adam Paterson Ingram is a British Labour Party politician, who was the Member of Parliament for East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow from 1987 to 2010.

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Alan Reid is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Politicians from Scotland
age 64 Alan Reid is a Scottish politician. He is Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament for Argyll and Bute, and was first elected at the 2001 general election.

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Alasdair Allan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Politicians from Scotland
age 47 Alasdair Allan is the Scottish Government's Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland's Languages and Scottish National Party Member of the Scottish Parliament for Na h-Eileanan an Iar.

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Alex Salmond is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Politicians from Scotland
age 61 Alexander Elliot Anderson Salmond is a Scottish politician who served as the fourth First Minister of Scotland from 2007 to 2014. He was the leader of the Scottish National Party for over twenty ...more

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Alexander B. Bruce is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Politicians from Scotland
Alexander B. Bruce Alexander Bern Bruce was a Scottish American baker and politician who served as the twenty second Mayor of Lawrence, Massachusetts.

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Alexander Brough is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Politicians from Scotland
Died at 77 (1863-1940) Alexander Brough was an American lawyer and politician from New York.

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Alexander Gunn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Politicians from Scotland
Alexander Gunn Died at 79 (1828-1907) Alexander Gunn was a Scottish grocery wholesaler who immigrated to Canada and was elected to the Canadian House of Commons in the 1878 election defeating incumbent Leader of the Opposition Sir ...more

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Alexander Hamilton, 10th Duke ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Politicians from Scotland
Died at 85 (1767-1852) Alexander Hamilton, 10th Duke of Hamilton, 7th Duke of Brandon KG PC FRS FSA was a Scottish politician and art collector.

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Alexander Kennedy Smith is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Politicians from Scotland
Died at 57 (1824-1881) Alexander Kennedy Smith was a Scottish/Australian engineer and former Mayor of Melbourne.

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Alexander Mackenzie is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Politicians from Scotland
Died 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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Alexander Maconochie, Lord Mea... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Politicians from Scotland
Alexander Maconochie, Lord Meadowbank Died at 84 (1777-1861) Alexander Maconochie, Lord Meadowbank of Garvock and Pitliver FRSE FSA, was a Scottish advocate, judge, landowner and politician. After 1854 he took the surname Maconochie-Welwood. Alexander ...more

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Alexander Maitland is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Politicians from Scotland
Alexander Maitland Alexander Maitland was a Lieutenant Governor in the US state of Michigan from 1903 to 1906.

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Alexander Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Politicians from Scotland
Died at 70 (1817-1887) Alexander Mitchell was a Scottish-born banker, railroad financier and Democratic politician in Milwaukee. He was born in Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, and immigrated to the United States in ...more

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Alexander Pollock is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Politicians from Scotland
age 74 Alexander Pollock is a former Scottish Conservative Party politician and now a sheriff. He was educated at Rutherglen Academy, Glasgow Academy, Brasenose College, Oxford and at Edinburgh ...more

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Alexander R. Todd, Baron Todd is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Politicians from Scotland
Died at 90 (1907-1997) Alexander Robertus Todd, Baron Todd, OM, PRS FRSE was a British biochemist whose research on the structure and synthesis of nucleotides, nucleosides, and nucleotide coenzymes gained him the ...more

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Alexander Ure, 1st Baron Strat... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Politicians from Scotland
Alexander Ure, 1st Baron Strathclyde Died at 75 (1853-1928) Alexander Ure, 1st Baron Strathclyde GBE was a Scottish politician and judge. Educated at the University of Glasgow he was admitted to membership of the Faculty of Advocates in 1878. He was ...more

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Alfred Douglas-Hamilton, 13th ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Politicians from Scotland
Alfred Douglas-Hamilton, 13th Duke of Hamilton Died at 78 (1862-1940) Lieutenant Alfred Douglas Douglas-Hamilton, 13th Duke of Hamilton and 10th Duke of Brandon TD, DL was a Scottish nobleman and sailor.

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Alick Buchanan-Smith is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Politicians from Scotland
Died at 59 (1932-1991) Alick Laidlaw Buchanan-Smith was a Scottish Conservative and Unionist politician. The second son of Alick Buchanan-Smith, Baron Balerno and Mary Kathleen Smith, he was educated at Edinburgh ...more

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Alistair Darling is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Politicians from Scotland
age 65 Alistair Darling is a British Labour Party politician who was a Member of Parliament from 1987 to 2015, most recently for Edinburgh South West. He was the Chancellor of the Exchequer in the ...more

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Allan Octavian Hume is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Politicians from Scotland
Allan Octavian Hume Died at 83 (1829-1912) Allan Octavian Hume CB was a civil servant, political reformer, ornithologist and horticulturalist in British India. He was one of the founders of the Indian National Congress, a political party ...more

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Alyn Smith is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Politicians from Scotland
age 45 Alyn Smith is a Scottish politician, and Scottish National Party Member of the European Parliament for Scotland. He is also the SNP's agricultural spokesman.

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Andrew Constable, Lord Constab... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Politicians from Scotland
Died at 63 (1865-1928) Arthur Henderson Briggs Constable, Lord Constable CBE KC FRSE was a Scottish advocate, judge and Tory politician. He served as Dean of Faculty and as Solicitor General. Born in Benarty, Fife, ...more

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Andrew Gilbert Wauchope is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Politicians from Scotland
Andrew Gilbert Wauchope Died at 53 (1846-1899) Major-General Andrew Gilbert Wauchope was a British Army officer, killed commanding a brigade at the Battle of Magersfontein in the South African War.

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Andrew Murray, 1st Viscount Du... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Politicians from Scotland
Died at 93 (1849-1942) Andrew Graham Murray, 1st Viscount Dunedin GCVO, PC, QC was a Scottish politician and judge. He served as Secretary for Scotland between 1903 and 1905, as Lord Justice General and Lord President ...more

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Andrew Rutherfurd, Lord Ruther... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Politicians from Scotland
Died at 63 (1791-1854) Andrew Rutherfurd, Lord Rutherfurd of Crosshill FRSE was a Scottish advocate, judge and politician. His father was the minister William Greenfield but the family changed their name to ...more

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Angus Douglas-Hamilton, 15th D... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Politicians from Scotland
Died at 72 (1938-2010) Angus Alan Douglas Douglas-Hamilton, 15th Duke of Hamilton and 12th Duke of Brandon, styled Earl of Angus until 1940 and Marquess of Douglas and Clydesdale between 1940 and 1973, was the premier ...more

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Angus MacNeil is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Politicians from Scotland
age 48 Angus Brendan MacNeil is the Scottish National Party Member of Parliament for Na h-Eileanan an Iar. He is the SNP's Westminster portfolio and transport spokesperson.

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Angus Robertson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Politicians 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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Ann Coffey is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Politicians from Scotland
age 72 Ann Coffey is a British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament for Stockport since 1992.

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Ann McKechin is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Politicians from Scotland
age 57 Ann McKechin is a British Labour Party politician and has been a Member of Parliament since 2001, representing Glasgow North since 2005.

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Annabelle Ewing is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Politicians from Scotland
age 58 Annabelle Janet Ewing is a Scottish politician, lawyer and SNP Member of the Scottish Parliament for Mid Scotland and Fife. She is the Minister for Youth and Women's Employment in the Scottish ...more

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Anne Begg is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Politicians from Scotland
age 63 Dame Margaret Anne Begg DBE is a British Labour Party politician, who has been the Member of Parliament for Aberdeen South since 1997. She is the first permanent wheelchair user in the House of ...more

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Anne Hamilton, 3rd Duchess of ... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Politicians from Scotland
Died at 85 (1631-1716) Anne Hamilton, 3rd Duchess of Hamilton was a Scottish peeress. The daughter of Sir James Hamilton, 1st Duke of Hamilton and 3rd Marquess of Hamilton, Scottish General and premier peer of the ...more

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Anne McGuire is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Politicians from Scotland
age 69 Dame Anne Catherine McGuire DBE is a British Labour Party politician, who was the Member of Parliament for Stirling from 1997 to 2015.

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Anne Moffat is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Politicians from Scotland
age 60 Anne Moffat, Mrs. Picking is a Scottish Labour Party politician who was the Member of Parliament for East Lothian from 2001 to 2010. She was deselected by her Constituency Labour Party and ...more

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Archibald Campbell is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Politicians from Scotland
Archibald Campbell Died at 75 (1763-1838) Archibald Campbell was a Scottish landowner and politician. He was the second son of Col. Andrew Campbell of Blythswood and succeeded his elder brother John to the Blythswood estate in 1794. He ...more

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Archibald Campbell, 3rd Duke o... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Politicians from Scotland
Archibald Campbell, 3rd Duke of Argyll Died at 79 (1682-1761) Archibald Campbell, 3rd Duke of Argyll, 1st Earl of Ilay was an English nobleman, politician, lawyer, businessman and soldier. He was known as Lord Archibald Campbell from 1703 to 1706, and as ...more

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Archibald Dalzel is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Politicians from Scotland
Died at 71 (1740-1811) Archibald Dalzel was a British adventurer and Governor of the Gold Coast.

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Archibald Douglas, 3rd Earl of... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Politicians from Scotland
Died at 72 (1328-1400) Archibald Douglas, Earl of Douglas and Wigtown, Lord of Galloway, Douglas and Bothwell, called Archibald the Grim or Black Archibald, was a late medieval Scottish nobleman. Archibald was the ...more

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Archibald Hamilton, 9th Duke o... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Politicians from Scotland
Archibald Hamilton, 9th Duke of Hamilton Died at 79 (1740-1819) Archibald Hamilton, 9th Duke of Hamilton and 6th Duke of Brandon was a Scottish peer and politician.

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Arthur Balfour is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Politicians from Scotland
Died at 82 (1848-1930) Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour KG OM PC DL was a British Conservative politician who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from July 1902 to December 1905. When he came into ...more

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Arthur Conan Doyle is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Politicians from Scotland
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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Arthur Dewar, Lord Dewar is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Politicians from Scotland
Died at 57 (1860-1917) Arthur Dewar, later Lord Dewar, was a Scottish politician and judge, who served as a Liberal Member of Parliament for Edinburgh South as well as Solicitor General for Scotland and later a ...more

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Bashir Maan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Politicians from Scotland
Bashir Maan age 92 Bashir Maan CBE is a Pakistani-Scottish politician, businessman, judge, community worker and writer. In 1970 he became the first Muslim to be elected to a representative office in the United ...more

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Bill Walker is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Politicians from Scotland
Bill Walker age 89 William Charles Walker, known as Bill Walker, is the former deputy chairman of the Scottish Conservative Party. He was a member of Parliament from 1979 to 1997 and one of the Maastricht Rebels ...more

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Bridget Prentice is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Politicians from Scotland
age 66 Bridget Theresa Prentice is a British Labour Party politician who was the Member of Parliament for Lewisham East from 1992 to 2010. She was married to fellow Labour MP Gordon Prentice from 1975 ...more

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Bruce Millan is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Politicians from Scotland
Died at 86 (1927-2013) Bruce Millan was a Scottish Labour politician.

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Catherine Stihler is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Politicians from Scotland
age 45 Catherine Stihler is a British Labour Party politician. She has been a Member of the European Parliament for Scotland since 1999, being re-elected in 2004 and 2009. She is currently the only ...more

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Cecil Beresford Ramage is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Politicians from Scotland
Died at 93 (1895-1988) Cecil Beresford Ramage, MC was a British barrister, actor and Liberal politician.