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Famous Guitar Players from Scotland

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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
Age: 66

Nationality: United Kingdom

Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland

Anthony Charles Lynton Blair (born 6 May 1953) is a British politician who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1997 to 2007 and Leader of the Labour Party from 1994 to 2007. He ...more

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Mark Knopfler is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Scotland
Age: 70

Nationality: Scotland, United Kingdom, England

Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland

Mark Freuder Knopfler ( NOP-flər; born 12 August 1949) is a British singer-songwriter, guitarist, record producer, and film score composer. He was the lead guitarist, lead singer, and songwriter ...more

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Angus Young is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Scotland
Age: 64

Nationality: Scotland, Australia

Birthplace: Glasgow, United Kingdom

Angus McKinnon Young (born 31 March 1955) is an Australian guitarist, best known as the co-founder, lead guitarist, songwriter and only constant member of the Australian hard rock band AC/DC. He ...more

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David Byrne is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Scotland
Age: 67

Nationality: Scotland

Birthplace: Dumbarton, Scotland

David Byrne (; born 14 May 1952) is a Scottish-American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, artist, actor, writer and filmmaker who was a founding member, principal songwriter and ...more

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Donovan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Scotland
Age: 73

Nationality: United Kingdom

Birthplace: Maryhill, United Kingdom

Donovan (born Donovan Philips Leitch, 10 May 1946) is a Scottish singer, songwriter and guitarist. He developed an eclectic and distinctive style that blended folk, jazz, pop, psychedelia, and ...more

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KT Tunstall is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Scotland
Age: 44

Nationality: Scotland, United Kingdom

Birthplace: Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Kate Victoria Tunstall (born 23 June 1975), known professionally as KT Tunstall, is a Scottish singer-songwriter and musician. She broke into the public eye with a 2004 live solo performance of ...more
Ian Anderson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Scotland
Age: 72

Nationality: Scotland

Birthplace: Dunfermline, United Kingdom

Ian Scott Anderson (born 10 August 1947) is a Scottish-born musician, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist best known for his work as the lead vocalist, flautist and acoustic guitarist ...more

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Al Stewart is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Scotland
Age: 74

Nationality: United Kingdom

Birthplace: Glasgow, United Kingdom

Alastair Ian Stewart (born 5 September 1945) is a British singer-songwriter and folk-rock musician who rose to prominence as part of the British folk revival in the 1960s and 1970s. He developed ...more

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Malcolm Young is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Scotland
Malcolm Young Age: 66

Nationality: Scotland, Australia

Birthplace: Glasgow, United Kingdom

Malcolm Mitchell Young (6 January 1953 – 18 November 2017) was an Australian musician and songwriter, best known as a co-founder, rhythm guitarist, backing vocalist and songwriter for the hard ...more

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Alex Kapranos is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Scotland
Age: 47

Nationality: Scotland, United Kingdom, England

Birthplace: Almondsbury, United Kingdom

Alexander Paul Kapranos Huntley (born 20 March 1972) is a Scottish musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and author. He is best known as the lead singer and guitarist of Scottish rock ...more

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Stuart Adamson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Scotland
Dec. at 43 (1958-2001)

Nationality: Scotland

Birthplace: Manchester, United Kingdom

William Stuart Adamson (11 April 1958 – 16 December 2001) was a Scottish guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter. He was the co-founder, lead vocalist, and guitarist of rock group Big Country, which ...more

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Amy Macdonald is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Scotland
Age: 32

Nationality: United Kingdom

Birthplace: Bishopbriggs, United Kingdom

Amy Elizabeth Macdonald (born 25 August 1987) is a Scottish singer-songwriter, guitarist, and musician. She has sold over 12 million records worldwide. Macdonald released her debut album This Is ...more
Manny Charlton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Scotland
Age: 78

Nationality: Scotland

Birthplace: La Línea de la Concepción, Spain

Manuel "Manny" Charlton (born 25 July 1941, La Línea, Andalusia, southern Spain) is a founding member of the Scottish hard rock band Nazareth and was their lead guitarist from
Paolo Nutini is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Scotland
Age: 32

Nationality: Scotland, United Kingdom

Birthplace: Paisley, United Kingdom

Paolo Giovanni Nutini (born 9 January 1987) is a Scottish singer, songwriter and musician from Paisley. Nutini's debut album, These Streets (2006), peaked at number three on the UK Albums Chart. ...more
Ian McCallum is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Scotland
Age: 54

Nationality: Scotland, England

Ian McCallum (born September 1965) is an English guitarist and songwriter.
Malcolm Middleton is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Scotland
Malcolm Middleton Age: 46

Nationality: Scotland

Birthplace: Scotland

Malcolm Bruce Middleton (born 31 December 1973) is a Scottish musician and member of indie band Arab Strap. He has also released six solo studio albums. Performing under the pseudonym Human ...more
Colin Hay is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Scotland
Age: 66

Nationality: Scotland, Australia

Birthplace: Kilwinning, United Kingdom

Colin James Hay (born 29 June 1953) is a Scottish-Australian singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and actor. He came to prominence as the lead vocalist of the band Men at Work, and later ...more

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Edwyn Collins is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Scotland
Age: 60

Nationality: Scotland

Birthplace: Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edwyn Stephen Collins (born 23 August 1959) is a Scottish musician, producer and record label owner from Edinburgh, Scotland. Collins was the lead singer for the 1980s post-punk band Orange ...more

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Stuart Braithwaite is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Scotland
Age: 43

Nationality: Scotland

Stuart Leslie Braithwaite (born 10 May 1976) is a Scottish multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter. He is the guitarist of post rock band Mogwai, with whom he has recorded nine studio
Jimmy McCulloch is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Scotland
Dec. at 26 (1953-1979)

Nationality: Scotland

Birthplace: Dumbarton, United Kingdom

James McCulloch (4 June 1953 – 27 September 1979) was a Scottish-born musician and songwriter best known for playing lead guitar and bass, as a member of Paul McCartney's band Wings from 1974 to ...more

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Francis Healy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Scotland
Age: 46

Nationality: United Kingdom

Birthplace: Stafford, United Kingdom

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Hamish Stuart is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Scotland
Age: 70

Nationality: Scotland, United Kingdom

Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland

James Hamish Stuart (born 8 October 1949, Glasgow, Scotland) is a guitarist, bassist, singer, composer and record producer. He had been an original member of the Average White Band.
Junior Campbell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Scotland
Age: 72

Nationality: Scotland, United Kingdom

Birthplace: Glasgow, United Kingdom

Junior Campbell (born William Campbell Jnr, 31 May 1947) is a Scottish composer, songwriter and musician. He was a founding member, lead guitarist, piano player, and singer with the Scottish ...more
Eugene Kelly is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Scotland
Eugene Kelly Age: 54

Nationality: Scotland

Eugene Kelly (born 9 August 1965) 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 ...more
Willie Gardner is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Scotland

Nationality: Scotland

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