Find out more about the greatest Scottish, including Mary, Queen of Scots, Ewan McGregor, Sean Connery, Gerard Butler and James McAvoy.

Warm, hospitable, and lovable, the Scotts are among the most loved and regarded people in the world. And why not? They are not just the most welcoming people in the world, but most enterprising too. The world owes a lot to the Scottish. From pedal bicycle and pneumatic tyre to telephone and tele-printer, the Scotts have given the world several new jaw-dropping inventions. But not just James Watt, Alexander Fleming, Patrick Bell, Adam Smith, and Charles Macintosh, Scotland has been home to several great men and from diverse spheres. Be it Robert Bruce, the king, John Logie Baird, the inventor, William Wallace, the leader, Robert Burns, the king or David Hume, the philosopher, the world has known and celebrated legendary Scotsman with extraordinary talent and feats. Let us learn all about the lives of some of the famous Scottish men to ever have walked the earth in the timeline, trivia, and interesting facts covered in the biographies below.
Mary, Queen of ScotsMary, Queen of Scots
(Queen of Scotland)

08 December 1542

08 February 1587

Linlithgow Palace

Sagittarius

Gordon RamsayGordon Ramsay
(Chef and Restaurateur)

08 November 1966

Johnstone

Scorpio

Sean ConnerySean Connery
(Actor)

25 August 1930

Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, Scotland

Virgo

Gerard ButlerGerard Butler

13 November 1969

Paisley, Scotland

Scorpio

Ewan McGregorEwan McGregor

31 March 1971

Perth, Scotland, United Kingdom

Aries

James McAvoyJames McAvoy
(Actor)

21 April 1979

Glasgow, United Kingdom

Taurus

Alan CummingAlan Cumming
(Actor)

27 January 1965

Aberfeldy

Aquarius

William WallaceWilliam Wallace
(Patriot, Revolutionary Fighter, Knight, De facto Ruler of Scotland)

1270 AD

23 August 1305

Elderslie

Alexander Graham BellAlexander Graham Bell
(Inventor of Telephone)

03 March 1847

02 August 1922

Edinburgh

Pisces

Alex FergusonAlex Ferguson
(Former Manager of Manchester United)

31 December 1941

Glasgow, Scotland

Capricorn

David ByrneDavid Byrne
(American-Scottish musician)

14 May 1952

Dumbarton, Scotland

Taurus

Andrew CarnegieAndrew Carnegie
(Industrialist, Businessman, Entrepreneur and a major Philanthropist.)

25 November 1835

11 August 1919

Dunfermline

Sagittarius

David McCallumDavid McCallum
(Actor)

19 September 1933

Glasgow, Scotland

Virgo

Calvin HarrisCalvin Harris
(Disc Jockey, Record Producer, Singer, Songwriter)

17 January 1984

Dumfries, Scotland

Capricorn

Adam SmithAdam Smith
(Economist and Philosopher)

16 June 1723

17 July 1790

Kirkcaldy, Scotland

Gemini

Angus YoungAngus Young
(Co-founder & Lead Guitarist of the Hard Rock Band, AC/DC)

31 March 1955

Glasgow

Aries

Annie LennoxAnnie Lennox
(Singer-songwriter)

25 December 1954

Capricorn

Bon ScottBon Scott

09 July 1946

19 February 1980

Forfar

Cancer

Susan BoyleSusan Boyle
(Singer)

01 April 1961

Blackburn

Aries

Billy ConnollyBilly Connolly
(Stand-up Comedian)

24 November 1942

Glasgow, Scotland

Sagittarius

Alexander FlemingAlexander Fleming
(Biologist, Pharmacologist, Discovered Penicillin)

06 August 1881

11 March 1955

Lochfield, Ayrshire, Scotland

Leo

Peter CapaldiPeter Capaldi
(Actor)

14 April 1958

Glasgow

Aries

Robert Louis StevensonRobert Louis Stevenson
(Novelist, Poet)

13 November 1850

03 December 1894

Edinburgh, Scotland

Scorpio

David HumeDavid Hume
(Philosopher & Historian)

26 April 1711

25 August 1776

Edinburgh, Scotland, Great Britain

Taurus

Walter ScottWalter Scott
(Novelist)

15 August 1771

21 September 1832

Edinburgh

Leo

Douglas HenshallDouglas Henshall
(Actor)

19 November 1965

Glasgow

Scorpio

John MuirJohn Muir
(Naturalist)

21 April 1838

24 December 1914

Dunbar

Taurus

James WattJames Watt
(Inventor of Steam Engine)

19 January 1736

25 August 1819

Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland

Capricorn

David LivingstneDavid Livingstone
(Explorer, Missionary)

19 March 1813

01 May 1873

Blantyre, South Lanarkshire, Scotland, UK

Pisces

Sheena EastonSheena Easton
(Singer, Actress)

27 April 1959

Bellshill

Taurus

Robert BurnsRobert Burns
(Poet and Lyricist)

25 January 1759

21 July 1796

Ayrshire, Scotland, United Kingdom

Aquarius

James V of ScotlandJames V of Scotland
(Former King of Scotland)

10 April 1512

14 December 1542

Linlithgow Palace, Linlithgow, United Kingdom

Aries

John KnoxJohn Knox
(Protestant Leader)

1514 AD

24 November 1572

Near Haddington, East Lothian,, Kingdom of Scotland

David MoyesDavid Moyes
(Football Coach)

25 April 1963

Glasgow

Taurus

Eric LiddellEric Liddell

16 January 1902

21 February 1945

Tianjin

Capricorn

John Logie BairdJohn Logie Baird
(Engineer)

13 August 1888

14 June 1946

Helensburgh

Leo

Tom ContiTom Conti
(Actor)

22 November 1941

Paisley, Scotland

Scorpio

Thomas CarlyleThomas Carlyle
(Philosopher)

04 December 1795

05 February 1881

Ecclefechan, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland1

Sagittarius

Bill ShanklyBill Shankly
(Scottish Footballer and Manager)

02 September 1913

29 September 1981

Glenbuck, Scotland

Virgo

Lena ZavaroniLena Zavaroni
(Singer)

04 November 1963

01 October 1999

Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland, UK

Scorpio

John NapierJohn Napier
(Inventor of Logarithms)

01 February 1550

04 April 1617

Merchiston Tower, Edinburgh

Aquarius

Allan PinkertonAllan Pinkerton
(American Detective)

25 August 1819

01 July 1884

Glasgow, Scotland

Virgo

Gordon StrachanGordon Strachan
(Scottish football manager)

09 February 1957

Edinburgh, Scotland

Aquarius

David I of ScotlandDavid I of Scotland
(Ruler)

1083 AD

24 May 1153

Scotland

Marianna PalkaMarianna Palka
(Actress)

07 September 1981

Glasgow, Scotland

Virgo

R. D. LaingR. D. Laing
(Psychiatrist)

07 October 1927

23 August 1989

Govanhill

Libra

Alan HansenAlan Hansen
(Former Football Player & Football Analyst)

13 June 1955

Alloa

Gemini

Alexander McCall SmithAlexander McCall Smith
(British writer)

24 August 1948

Bulawayo, Rhodesia

Virgo

Jock SteinJock Stein
(Football Manager)

05 October 1922

10 September 1985

Burnbank, South Lanarkshire, Scotland

Libra

Thomas TelfordThomas Telford
(Civil Engineer)

09 August 1757

02 September 1834

Eskdale, Dumfriesshire, Scotland

Leo

Sir Arthur Conan DoyleSir Arthur Conan Doyle
(Writer & Physician)

22 May 1859

07 July 1930

Scotland

Gemini

Joanne CalderwoodJoanne Calderwood
(Mixed Martial Artist)

23 December 1986

Glasgow, Scotland

Capricorn

Andrew LangAndrew Lang
(Poet, Novelist, Literary Critic)

31 March 1844

20 July 1912

Selkirk

Aries

Kirkpatrick MacmillanKirkpatrick Macmillan
(Inventor of Pedal Bicycle)

02 September 1812

23 January 1878

Keir, Dumfries and Galloway

Virgo

Alexander BainAlexander Bain
(Inventor of Electric Clock)

01 October 1811

02 January 1877

Watten

Libra

James MaxwellJames Maxwell
(Mathematician & Physicist)

13 June 1831

05 November 1879

Edinburgh, Scotland

Gemini

Robert BrownRobert Brown
(Botanist)

21 December 1773

10 June 1858

Montrose

Sagittarius

John Rennie the ElderJohn Rennie the Elder
(Civil Engineer)

07 June 1761

04 October 1821

Phantassie

Gemini

John James Rickard MacleodJohn James Rickard Macleod
(Biochemist & Physiologist)

06 September 1876

16 March 1935

Clunie, Perthshire, Scotland

Virgo

Lee CarsonLee Carson
(YouTube Gamer)

10 February 1999

Scotland

Aquarius

Joan TemplemanJoan Templeman
(Richard Branson's Wife)

1948 AD

Glasgow

Thomas DohertyThomas Doherty
(Actor)

21 April 1995

Scotland

Taurus

Connor BallConnor Ball
(Bassist)

15 March 1996

Aberdeen

Pisces

Sir James W. BlackSir James W. Black
(Pharmacologist)

14 June 1924

22 March 2010

Uddingston, United Kingdom

Gemini

George StephenGeorge Stephen
(Scots-Quebecker Banker, Railway Executive in Canada and Businessman)

05 June 1829

29 November 1921

Dufftown, Banffshire

Gemini

Allan CunninghamAllan Cunningham
(Poet, Author)

07 December 1784

30 October 1842

Dalswinton, Scotland

Sagittarius

James Young ChemistJames Young (Chemist)
(Chemist)

13 July 1811

13 May 1883

Glasgow

Cancer

LJ CleaveLJ Cleave
(Internet Personality)

14 February 1994

Kirkcaldy, Scotland

Aquarius

Scott majorScott major
(YouTube Gamer)

10 November 1995

Scotland

Scorpio

Alexander Bain - PhilosopherAlexander Bain - Philosopher
(Scottish philosopher)

11 June 1818

18 September 1903

Aberdeen

Gemini

Ethan HamiltonEthan Hamilton
(Footballer)

18 October 1998

Edinburgh

Libra

FishFish
(Singer-songwriter, Actor, Singer, Composer, Poet)

25 April 1958

Dalkeith, Midlothian, Scotland

Taurus

Robert CarlyleRobert Carlyle
(Actor)

14 April 1961

Maryhill

Aries

James Clerk MaxwellJames Clerk Maxwell

Matt BusbyMatt Busby
(Association football player, Association football manager)

26 May 1909

20 January 1994

Bellshill

Gemini

Philip KerrPhilip Kerr
(Writer, Poet lawyer, Science fiction writer, Children's writer)

22 February 1956

Edinburgh

Pisces

Morven ChristieMorven Christie
(stage actor, film actor)

1979 AD

Helensburgh

Alexander SelkirkAlexander Selkirk
(Royal Navy officer, Sailor)

1676 AD

25 January 1721

Fife

James I of EnglandJames I of England
(King)

19 June 1566

27 March 1625

Edinburgh

Gemini

Kris BoydKris Boyd
(Association football player)

18 August 1983

Irvine

Leo

Grant MorrisonGrant Morrison
(Comics writer, Writer, Science fiction writer)

31 January 1960

Glasgow

Aquarius