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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Royal High School and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Royal High School, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Royal High School include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Royal High School alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Royal High School are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Royal High School.

List is made up of a variety of graduates, including Alexander Graham Bell and Robert Adam.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Royal High School?” and “Which celebrities are Royal High School alumni?”

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Alexander Graham Bell is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Royal High School Alumni
Alexander Graham Bell Businessperson, Physicist, Entrepreneur Alexander Graham Bell was an eminent Scottish-born scientist, inventor, engineer and innovator who is credited with inventing the first practical telephone. Bell's father, grandfather, and ...more

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Ian Charleson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Royal High School Alumni
Ian Charleson Actor, Singer Ian Charleson was a Scottish stage and film actor. He is best known internationally for his starring role as Olympic athlete and missionary Eric Liddell, in the Oscar-winning 1981 film Chariots ...more

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Robert Fergusson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Royal High School Alumni
Robert Fergusson Poet Robert Fergusson was a Scottish poet. After formal education at the University of St Andrews, Fergusson followed an essentially bohemian life course in Edinburgh, the city of his birth, then at ...more

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Robert Adam is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Royal High School Alumni
Robert Adam Architect Robert Adam FRSE FRS FSA FSA FRSA was a Scottish neoclassical architect, interior designer and furniture designer. He was the son of William Adam, the country's foremost architect of the time, ...more

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Walter Scott is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Royal High School Alumni
Walter Scott Poet, Novelist Sir Walter Scott, 1st Baronet, FRSE was a Scottish historical novelist, playwright, and poet. Scott was the first modern English-language author to have a truly international career in his ...more

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Robert Dundas, 2nd Viscount Me... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Royal High School Alumni
Robert Dundas, 2nd Viscount Melville Robert Dundas, 2nd Viscount Melville KT, PC, FRS was a British statesman, the son of Henry Dundas, the 1st Viscount. Dundas was the Member of Parliament for Hastings in 1794, Rye in 1796 and ...more

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James Hutton is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Royal High School Alumni
James Hutton Physician, Geologist James Hutton FRSE was a Scottish geologist, physician, chemical manufacturer, naturalist, and experimental agriculturalist. He originated the theory of uniformitarianism—a fundamental principle ...more

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Norman MacCaig is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Royal High School Alumni
Norman MacCaig Poet, Author Norman Alexander MacCaig OBE was a Scottish poet and teacher. His poetry, in modern English, is known for its humour, simplicity of language and great popularity.

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Dugald Stewart is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Royal High School Alumni
Dugald Stewart Philosopher Dugald Stewart FRSE FRS was a Scottish philosopher and mathematician. He is best known for popularizing the Scottish Enlightenment, for his lectures at the University of Edinburgh were widely ...more

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George Henry Borrow is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Royal High School Alumni
George Henry Borrow Novelist George Henry Borrow was an English author who wrote novels and travelogues based on his experiences traveling around Europe. Over the course of his wanderings, he developed a close affinity with ...more

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Lachlan Macquarie is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Royal High School Alumni
Lachlan Macquarie Major-General Lachlan Macquarie CB was a British Army officer and colonial administrator from Scotland. He served as the fifth and last autocratic Governor of New South Wales from 1810 to 1821, ...more

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William Calder Marshall is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Royal High School Alumni
William Calder Marshall William Calder Marshall was a Scottish sculptor.

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Ben Cairns is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Royal High School Alumni
Ben Cairns Ben Cairns is a former Scotland rugby union international who played for Edinburgh Rugby in the RaboDirect Pro12. Cairns' position of choice is as a Centre and he can also operate at Full-back ...more

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Frankie Poullain is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Royal High School Alumni
Frankie Poullain Bassist, Songwriter, Musician Francis Gilles Poullain-Patterson, better known as Frankie Poullain, is the bass player for rock band The Darkness. He was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. He attended the Royal High School from ...more

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Christopher Harvie is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Royal High School Alumni
Christopher Harvie Politician, Professor Professor Christopher Harvie is a Scottish historian and a Scottish National Party politician. He was a Member of the Scottish Parliament for Mid Scotland and Fife from 2007 to 2011. Before his ...more

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Daniel Wilson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Royal High School Alumni
Daniel Wilson Sir Daniel Wilson was a Scottish-born Canadian archaeologist, ethnologist and author.

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James Fergusson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Royal High School Alumni
James Fergusson Architect James Fergusson FRS was a Scottish architectural historian, mainly remembered for his interest in Indian historical architecture and antiquities. He was an important figure in the 19th century ...more

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Theodore Martin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Royal High School Alumni
Theodore Martin Sir Theodore Martin KCB KCVO was a Scottish poet, biographer, and translator.

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Alexander Stuart Murray is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Royal High School Alumni
Alexander Stuart Murray Alexander Stuart Murray, Scottish archaeologist, was born at Arbroath, and educated there, at the Royal High School, Edinburgh and at the Universities of Edinburgh and Berlin. In 1867 he entered ...more

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William Smellie is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Royal High School Alumni
William Smellie William Smellie FRSE FSA was a Scottish master printer, naturalist, antiquary, editor and encyclopedist. He was friends with Robert Burns, whose assessment is engraved on Smellie's tombstone: ...more

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George Drummond is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Royal High School Alumni
George Drummond George Drummond was accountant-general of excise in Scotland and a local politician, elected Lord Provost of Edinburgh a number of times between 1725 and 1764. Drummond was born in Blairgowrie, ...more

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Mark Coxon Morrison is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Royal High School Alumni
Mark Coxon Morrison Mark Coxon Morrison was a Scottish rugby union footballer who captained both Scotland and the British Isles. He played for Scotland twenty three times between 1896 and 1904, and captained the ...more

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Ronnie Corbett is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Royal High School Alumni
bigcraig added Ronnie Corbett Comedian, Actor, Writer Ronald Balfour "Ronnie" Corbett, CBE is a Scottish actor and comedian who had a long association with Ronnie Barker in the television comedy series The Two Ronnies. He achieved ...more