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List of famous guitar players from Scotland, listed alphabetically with photos of the guitarists when available. Scotland has produced some great guitar players over the years, including guitarists who specialize in rock, metal, jazz, folk, classical, acoustic and more. These are some of the best Scottish guitar players to ever live, so if you're a native of Scotland and play guitar then this list should make you proud. If you're searching for a particular popular guitarist from Scotland then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

Stuart Braithwaite and Ian Anderson are included in this list.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest Scottish guitarists?" and "Which guitar players are from Scotland?"

You can click on the names of these legendary guitarists of Scotland in order to get more information about each one. If you're a guitar player or just love music you can use this list of talented Scottish guitar players to find some new artists or bands that you might really enjoy.

Tony Blair is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Scotland
Tony Blair age 64 - Anthony Charles Lynton Blair is a British Labour Party politician who served as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1997 to 2007. He now runs a consultancy business and performs ...more

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Mark Knopfler is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Scotland
Mark Knopfler age 68 - Mark Freuder Knopfler, OBE is a British songwriter, film score composer, guitarist, and record producer. He is best known as the lead guitarist, lead singer, and songwriter for the rock band ...more

Angus Young is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Scotland
Angus Young age 62 - Angus McKinnon Young is a Scottish-born Australian guitarist best known as a co-founder, lead guitarist, and songwriter of the Australian hard rock band, AC/DC. Known for his energetic ...more

David Byrne is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Scotland
David Byrne age 65 - David Byrne is a Scottish musician and a founding member and principal songwriter of the American new wave band Talking Heads, active between 1975 and 1991. Since then, Byrne has released his ...more

Donovan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Scotland
Donovan age 71 - Donovan is a British singer, songwriter and guitarist. He developed an eclectic and distinctive style that blended folk, jazz, pop, psychedelia, and world music. He has lived in Scotland, London ...more

KT Tunstall is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Scotland
KT Tunstall age 42 - Kate Victoria "KT" Tunstall is a Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist. She broke into the public eye with a 2004 live solo performance of her song "Black Horse and the Cherry ...more

Ian Anderson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Scotland
Ian Anderson age 70 - Ian Scott Anderson, MBE is a British singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, best known for his work as the lead vocalist, flautist and acoustic guitarist of British rock band Jethro Tull. ...more

Al Stewart is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Scotland
Al Stewart age 72 - Alastair Ian "Al" Stewart is a Scottish singer-songwriter and folk-rock musician who rose to prominence as part of the British folk revival in the 1960s and 1970s. He developed a ...more

Malcolm Young is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Scotland
Malcolm Young age 64 - Malcolm Mitchell Young is a retired guitarist best known as a founder, rhythm guitarist, backing vocalist and songwriter for the Australian hard rock band AC/DC. Except for a brief absence in ...more

Alex Kapranos is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Scotland
Alex Kapranos age 45 - Alexander Paul Kapranos Huntley, commonly known as Alex Kapranos, is a Scottish musician and the lead singer and guitarist of the Glasgow-based band Franz Ferdinand.

Stuart Adamson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Scotland
Stuart Adamson Died at 43 (1958-2001) - William Stuart Adamson was a Scottish guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter, described by broadcaster and DJ John Peel as “the new Jimi Hendrix”. He is best known as co-founder, lead vocalist, and ...more

Amy Macdonald is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Scotland
Amy Macdonald age 30 - Amy Macdonald is a Scottish singer-songwriter, guitarist, and recording artist. She has sold over 9 million records worldwide. Macdonald released her debut album This Is the Life in 2007. The ...more

Manny Charlton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Scotland
Manny Charlton age 76 - Manuel "Manny" Charlton is a founding member of the Scottish hard rock band Nazareth and was their lead guitarist from 1968 to 1990.

Paolo Nutini is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Scotland
Paolo Nutini age 30 - Paolo Giovanni Nutini is a Scottish singer, songwriter and musician from Paisley. Nutini's debut album, These Streets, peaked at number three on the UK Albums Chart. Its follow-up, Sunny Side ...more

Ian McCallum is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Scotland
Ian McCallum age 52 - Ian McCallum is an English guitarist and songwriter.

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Malcolm Middleton is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Scotland
Malcolm Middleton age 44 - Malcolm Bruce Middleton is a Scottish musician best known for his work with Aidan Moffat in post-folk indie band, Arab Strap, and his subsequent solo career, writing and producing. To date, ...more

Colin Hay is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Scotland
Colin Hay age 64 - Colin James Hay is a Scottish Australian musician and actor who made his mark during the 1980s as lead vocalist of the Australian band Men at Work, and later as a solo artist. Regarding his solo ...more

Edwyn Collins is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Scotland
Edwyn Collins age 58 - Edwyn Stephen Collins is a Scottish musician, producer and record label owner, widely known for his 1994 song "A Girl Like You". Collins formed the musical group Nu-Sonics in 1976, ...more

Stuart Braithwaite is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Scotland
Stuart Braithwaite age 41 - Stuart Leslie Braithwaite is a Scottish guitarist, bassist, drummer, singer and songwriter. He is best known as the guitarist of post rock band Mogwai, with whom he has recorded eight studio

Jimmy McCulloch is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Scotland
Jimmy McCulloch Died at 26 (1953-1979) - James 'Jimmy' McCulloch was a Scottish musician and songwriter best known for playing lead guitar and bass, as a member of Paul McCartney's band Wings from 1974 to 1977. McCulloch was a member ...more

Francis Healy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Scotland
Francis Healy age 44 - Francis "Fran" Healy is a Scottish musician. He is the lead singer and main songwriter of the band Travis, having written nearly all of the songs on their first six studio albums, with ...more

Hamish Stuart is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Scotland
Hamish Stuart age 68 - James Hamish Stuart is a guitarist, bassist, singer, composer and record producer.

Junior Campbell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Scotland
Junior Campbell age 70 - Junior Campbell is a Scottish composer, songwriter and musician. He was a founding member, lead guitarist, piano player, and singer with the Scottish band Marmalade and co-wrote and produced ...more

Eugene Kelly is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Scotland
Eugene Kelly age 52 - Eugene Kelly is a Scottish musician who is a member of the group The Vaselines, a founding member of the now disbanded Eugenius and has had a number of solo releases. Eugene Kelly formed The ...more

Willie Gardner is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Scotland
Willie Gardner Willie Gardner is a Scottish musician, who formed part of various pop and rock bands in the 1970s and 1980s, playing guitar. He was a cousin of Alex Harvey. His earliest known band was The Hot ...more

Charlie Burchill is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Scotland
Charlie Burchill age 58 - Charles "Charlie" Burchill is a Scottish musician and composer, best known as the guitarist of Simple Minds. He was one of the founders of the group.

John McGeoch is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Scotland
John McGeoch Died at 49 (1955-2004) - John Alexander McGeoch was a Scottish guitarist who played with several bands of the post-punk era, including Magazine, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Visage and Public Image Ltd. He was described ...more

Brian Robertson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Scotland
Brian Robertson age 61 - Brian David "Robbo" Robertson is a Scottish rock guitarist, best known as a member of Thin Lizzy and Motörhead.

Ian Bairnson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Scotland
Ian Bairnson age 64 - Ian Bairnson is a Scottish musician, best known for being one of the core members of The Alan Parsons Project. He is a multi-instrumentalist, who has played saxophone and keyboards, although he ...more

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Andy Dunlop is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Scotland
Andy Dunlop age 45 - Andy Dunlop is a Scottish musician, who is the lead guitarist of Scottish indie band, Travis.

Midge Ure is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Scotland
Midge Ure age 64 - James "Midge" Ure, OBE is a Scottish musician and singer-songwriter. His stage name, Midge, is a phonetic reversal of Jim, the diminutive form of his given name. Ure enjoyed particular ...more

Billy Bremner is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Scotland
Billy Bremner age 71 - William Murray "Billy" Bremner is a guitarist best known for his work in the band Rockpile and on many of Nick Lowe and Dave Edmunds' albums. He has also played with The Pretenders, ...more

Stevie Jackson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Scotland
Stevie Jackson age 48 - Stephen "Stevie" Jackson is a Scottish musician and songwriter. He is best known for playing lead guitar and singing in the Glasgow-based indie band Belle & Sebastian. Jackson's ...more

Scott Shields is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Scotland
Scott Shields age 48 - Scott Shields is a Scottish musician and record producer, best known as a member of Joe Strummer's backing band The Mescaleros.

Roddy Frame is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Scotland
Roddy Frame age 53 - Roddy Frame is a singer-songwriter and musician from Scotland. He was the founder of the 1980s New Wave band Aztec Camera, and has undertaken a solo career since the dissolution of the band. In ...more

Michael Bruce is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Scotland
Michael Bruce Died at 21 (1746-1767) - Michael Bruce was a Scottish poet and hymnist.

James Allan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Scotland
James Allan age 38 - James Allan is the lead singer and guitarist of the Scottish rock band Glasvegas, and a former footballer.

Zal Cleminson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Scotland
Zal Cleminson age 68 - Alistair Macdonald "Zal" Cleminson is a Scottish guitarist, best known for his prominent role in The Sensational Alex Harvey Band during 1972-78.

Neil Clark is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Scotland
Neil Clark age 59 - Neil Clark is a Scottish guitarist, known for his work with Lloyd Cole and the Commotions. He has regularly worked and toured with Lloyd Cole post-Commotions including playing on and touring in ...more

Simon Neil is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Scotland
Simon Neil age 38 - Simon Alexander Neil is a Scottish vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter, known for his work in the bands Biffy Clyro and Marmaduke Duke.

Dick Gaughan is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Scotland
Dick Gaughan age 69 - Richard Peter Gaughan usually known as Dick Gaughan is a Scottish musician, singer, and songwriter, particularly of folk and social protest songs.

King Creosote is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Scotland
King Creosote Kenny Anderson, known primarily by his stage name King Creosote, is an independent singer-songwriter from Fife, Scotland. To date, Anderson has released over forty albums, with his latest, From ...more

Jim Mullen is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Scotland
Jim Mullen age 72 - Jim Mullen is a Glasgow-born jazz guitarist with a distinctive style, like Wes Montgomery before him, picking with the thumb rather than a plectrum.

Dave Flett is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Scotland
Dave Flett age 66 - Dave Flett is a British rock guitarist, best known for performing with Manfred Mann's Earth Band and Thin Lizzy.

Johnny McElhone is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Scotland
Johnny McElhone age 54 - Johnny McElhone is a composer.

Alex Harvey is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Scotland
Alex Harvey Died at 47 (1935-1982) - Alex Harvey is a songwriter.