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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
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
Mark Knopfler is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Scotland
age 70
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
age 64
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
age 67
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
age 73
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
age 44
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
age 72
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
age 74
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 66
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
age 47
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
Dec. 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
age 32
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
age 78
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
age 32
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
age 54
Ian McCallum 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
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
age 66
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
age 60
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
age 43
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
Dec. 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
age 46
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
age 70
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
age 72
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 54
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 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