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Famous University Of Edinburgh Alumni

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List RulesPeople on this list must have gone to University of Edinburgh and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from University of Edinburgh, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from University of Edinburgh include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished University of Edinburgh alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended University of Edinburgh 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 University of Edinburgh.

This list features Arthur Conan Doyle, Pippa Middleton and more.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to University of Edinburgh?” and “Which celebrities are University of Edinburgh alumni?”
  • Alexander Graham Bell1

    Alexander Graham Bell

    Businessperson, Physicist

    AgeDec. at 75 (1847-1922)

    BirthplaceEdinburgh, United Kingdom

    Alexander Graham Bell ('Graham' pronounced ) (March 3, 1847 – August 2, 1922) was a ...  more

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  • Charles Darwin2

    Charles Darwin

    Biologist, Scientist

    AgeDec. at 73 (1809-1882)

    BirthplaceThe Mount, Shrewsbury, United Kingdom

    Charles Robert Darwin, (; 12 February 1809 – 19 April 1882) was an English naturalist,...  more

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  • Elijah McCoy3

    Elijah McCoy

    Inventor, Engineer

    BirthplaceColchester, Ontario, Canada

    Elijah J. McCoy (May 2, 1844  – October 10, 1929) was a Canadian-born African-American...  more
  • Bruce Chatwin4

    Bruce Chatwin

    Novelist, Author

    AgeDec. at 49 (1940-1989)

    BirthplaceSheffield, United Kingdom

    Charles Bruce Chatwin (13 May 1940 – 18 January 1989) was an English travel writer, novelist...  more
  • John Witherspoon5

    John Witherspoon

    Clergy, Cleric

    AgeDied at 71 (1723-1794)

    BirthplaceGifford, United Kingdom

    John Knox Witherspoon (February 5, 1723 – November 15, 1794) was a Scottish-American...  more
  • 6

    Peter C. Doherty

    Veterinarian, Researcher


    BirthplaceBrisbane, Australia

    Peter Charles Doherty, (born 15 October 1940) is an Australian veterinary surgeon and...  more
  • Piers Sellers7

    Piers Sellers

    Astronaut, Scientist


    BirthplaceCrowborough, United Kingdom

    Piers John Sellers OBE (11 April 1955 – 23 December 2016) was a British-American...  more
  • 8

    Alan Bold

    Alan Norman Bold (1943–1998) was a Scottish poet, biographer, and journalist. He was born in...  more
  • James Wilson9

    James Wilson

    Politician, Lawyer

    AgeDec. at 56 (1742-1798)

    BirthplaceCeres, United Kingdom

    James Wilson (September 14, 1742 – August 21, 1798) was one of the Founding Fathers of the...  more
  • Maria Bamford10

    Maria Bamford

    Comedian, Screenwriter


    BirthplacePort Hueneme, California, United States of America

    Maria Elizabeth Sheldon Bamford (born September 3, 1970) is an American stand-up comedian,...  more
  • Iain Torrance11

    Iain Torrance



    BirthplaceAberdeen, United Kingdom

    Iain Richard Torrance, (born 13 January 1949) is a retired Church of Scotland minister,...  more
  • Arthur Conan Doyle12

    Arthur Conan Doyle

    Poet, Politician

    AgeDec. at 71 (1859-1930)

    BirthplaceEdinburgh, United Kingdom

    Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle (22 May 1859 – 7 July 1930) was a Scottish writer, who...  more

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  • Adam Ferguson13

    Adam Ferguson

    Chaplain, Philosopher

    AgeDec. at 93 (1723-1816)

    BirthplaceLogierait, United Kingdom

    Adam Ferguson, FRSE (Scottish Gaelic: Adhamh MacFhearghais), also known as Ferguson of Raith...  more
  • 14

    Ian Turton


    BirthplaceKeynsham, United Kingdom

  • John Scott Russell15

    John Scott Russell

    Architect, Engineer

    AgeDec. at 74 (1808-1882)

    BirthplaceParkhead, United Kingdom

    John Scott Russell FRSE FRS (9 May 1808, Parkhead, Glasgow – 8 June 1882, Ventnor, Isle of...  more
  • John Pringle16

    John Pringle


    AgeDied at 75 (1707-1782)


    John Pringle may refer to: John Pringle, Lord Haining (c. 1674–1754), Scottish landowner,...  more
  • Lyon Playfair, 1st Baron Playfair17

    AgeDec. at 80 (1818-1898)

    BirthplaceChunar, India

    Lyon Playfair, 1st Baron Playfair (1 May 1818 – 29 May 1898) was a British scientist and...  more
  • Mark Lazarowicz18

    Mark Lazarowicz



    BirthplaceLondon Borough of Barking and Dagenham, East of England, Eurasia, Dagenham, Greater London

    Mark Lazarowicz (born Marek Lazarowicz; 8 August 1953) is a British Labour Co-operative...  more
  • William Thornton19

    AgeDec. at 69 (1759-1828)

    BirthplaceJost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands

    Dr. William Thornton was a British-American physician, inventor, painter and architect who...  more
  • Kelvin Holdsworth20
    Kelvin Holdsworth (born 21 October 1966) is a British priest of the Scottish Episcopal Church....  more
  • 21

    Alexander Balloch Grosart

    Alexander Balloch Grosart (18 June 1827 – 16 March 1899) was a Scottish clergyman and...  more
  • William Samson22


    BirthplaceUnited Kingdom

    Not to be confused with William Sampson. William Byars Samson (born 1943, in Forfar) is a...  more
  • 23

    AgeDec. at 72 (1837-1909)

    BirthplaceEdinburgh, United Kingdom

    Dr Douglas Moray Cooper Lamb Argyll Robertson FRSE, FRCSEd LLD (1837 – 3 January 1909) was a...  more
  • 24

    AgeDec. at 71 (1754-1825)

    BirthplaceBath, United Kingdom

    Thomas Bowdler, LRCP, FRS (; 11 July 1754 – 24 February 1825) was an English doctor best known...  more
  • William Knighton25
    Sir William Knighton, 1st Baronet GCH (1776 – 11 October 1836) was Private Secretary to the...  more