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Famous University Of Edinburgh Alumni

Updated July 22, 2019 15.1k views1.1k items

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?”
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    Alexander Graham Bell is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous University Of Edinburgh Alumni

    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 on Wikipedia

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  • 2
    Charles Darwin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous University Of Edinburgh Alumni

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Elijah McCoy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous University Of Edinburgh Alumni

    Elijah McCoy

    Inventor, Engineer

    BirthplaceColchester, Ontario, Canada

    Elijah J. McCoy (May 2, 1844  – October 10, 1929) was a Canadian-born African-American... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Bruce Chatwin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous University Of Edinburgh Alumni

    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 on Wikipedia
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    John Witherspoon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous University Of Edinburgh Alumni

    John Witherspoon

    Clergy, Cleric

    AgeDec. at 71 (1723-1794)

    BirthplaceGifford, United Kingdom

    John Knox Witherspoon (February 5, 1723 – November 15, 1794) was a Scottish-American... more on Wikipedia
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    Peter C. Doherty is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous University Of Edinburgh Alumni

    Peter C. Doherty

    Veterinarian, Researcher

    Age79

    BirthplaceBrisbane, Australia

    Peter Charles Doherty, (born 15 October 1940) is an Australian veterinary surgeon and... more on Wikipedia
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    Piers Sellers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous University Of Edinburgh Alumni

    Piers Sellers

    Astronaut, Scientist

    Age65

    BirthplaceCrowborough, United Kingdom

    Piers John Sellers OBE (11 April 1955 – 23 December 2016) was a British-American... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Alan Bold is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous University Of Edinburgh Alumni

    Alan Bold

    Alan Norman Bold (1943–1998) was a Scottish poet, biographer, and journalist. He was born in... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    James Wilson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous University Of Edinburgh Alumni

    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 on Wikipedia

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    Maria Bamford is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous University Of Edinburgh Alumni

    Maria Bamford

    Comedian, Screenwriter

    Age50

    BirthplacePort Hueneme, California, USA

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

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    Iain Torrance is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous University Of Edinburgh Alumni

    Iain Torrance

    Journalist

    Age71

    BirthplaceAberdeen, United Kingdom

    Iain Richard Torrance, (born 13 January 1949) is a retired Church of Scotland minister,... more on Wikipedia
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    Arthur Conan Doyle is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous University Of Edinburgh Alumni

    Arthur Conan Doyle

    Poet, Politician

    AgeDec. at 71 (1859-1930)

    BirthplaceEurasia, United Kingdom, Scotland, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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

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  • 13
    Adam Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous University Of Edinburgh Alumni

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Ian Turton is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous University Of Edinburgh Alumni

    Ian Turton

    Researcher

    BirthplaceKeynsham, United Kingdom

  • 15
    John Scott Russell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous University Of Edinburgh Alumni

    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 on Wikipedia
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    John Pringle is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous University Of Edinburgh Alumni

    John Pringle

    Physician

    AgeDec. at 75 (1707-1782)

    BirthplaceScotland

    John Pringle may refer to: John Pringle, Lord Haining (c. 1674–1754), Scottish landowner,... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Lyon Playfair, 1st Baron Playf is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous University Of Edinburgh Alumni

    AgeDec. at 80 (1818-1898)

    BirthplaceChunar, India

    Lyon Playfair, 1st Baron Playfair (1 May 1818 – 29 May 1898) was a British scientist and... more on Wikipedia
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    Mark Lazarowicz is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous University Of Edinburgh Alumni

    Mark Lazarowicz

    Politician

    Age67

    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 on Wikipedia
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    William Thornton is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous University Of Edinburgh Alumni

    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 on Wikipedia
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    Kelvin Holdsworth is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous University Of Edinburgh Alumni
    Kelvin Holdsworth (born 21 October 1966) is a British priest of the Scottish Episcopal Church.... more on Wikipedia
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    Alexander Balloch Grosart is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous University Of Edinburgh Alumni

    Alexander Balloch Grosart

    Alexander Balloch Grosart (18 June 1827 – 16 March 1899) was a Scottish clergyman and... more on Wikipedia
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    William Samson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous University Of Edinburgh Alumni

    Age77

    BirthplaceUnited Kingdom

    Not to be confused with William Sampson. William Byars Samson (born 1943, in Forfar) is a... more on Wikipedia
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    Douglas Argyll Robertson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous University Of Edinburgh Alumni

    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 on Wikipedia
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    Thomas Bowdler is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous University Of Edinburgh Alumni

    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 on Wikipedia
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    William Knighton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous University Of Edinburgh Alumni
    Sir William Knighton, 1st Baronet GCH (1776 – 11 October 1836) was Private Secretary to the... more on Wikipedia
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