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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 65
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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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 66
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