Find out more about the greatest Scots, 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

Gordon RamsayGordon Ramsay
(Chef and Restaurateur)

08 November 1966

Sean ConnerySean Connery

25 August 1930

Alex FergusonAlex Ferguson
(Former Manager of Manchester United)

31 December 1941

Gerard ButlerGerard Butler

13 November 1969

James McAvoyJames McAvoy

21 April 1979

Ewan McGregorEwan McGregor

31 March 1971

Alan CummingAlan Cumming

27 January 1965

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

1270 AD

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

17 January 1984

Alexander Graham BellAlexander Graham Bell
(Inventor of Telephone)

03 March 1847

David McCallumDavid McCallum

19 September 1933

Adam SmithAdam Smith
(Economist and Philosopher)

16 June 1723

David ByrneDavid Byrne
(American-Scottish musician)

14 May 1952

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

31 March 1955

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

25 November 1835

Bon ScottBon Scott

09 July 1946

Susan BoyleSusan Boyle

01 April 1961

Annie LennoxAnnie Lennox

25 December 1954

Billy ConnollyBilly Connolly
(Stand-up Comedian)

24 November 1942

Robert Louis StevensonRobert Louis Stevenson
(Novelist, Poet)

13 November 1850

David HumeDavid Hume
(Philosopher & Historian)

26 April 1711

Alexander FlemingAlexander Fleming
(Biologist, Pharmacologist, Discovered Penicillin)

06 August 1881

Dougray ScottDougray Scott

26 November 1965

Peter CapaldiPeter Capaldi

14 April 1958

John MuirJohn Muir

21 April 1838

James WattJames Watt
(Inventor of Steam Engine)

19 January 1736

Sheena EastonSheena Easton
(Singer, Actress)

27 April 1959

David MoyesDavid Moyes
(Football Coach)

25 April 1963

David LivingstneDavid Livingstone
(Explorer, Missionary)

19 March 1813

Walter ScottWalter Scott

15 August 1771

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

10 April 1512

Robert BurnsRobert Burns
(Poet and Lyricist)

25 January 1759

John KnoxJohn Knox
(Protestant Leader)

1514 AD

Bill ShanklyBill Shankly
(Scottish Footballer and Manager)

02 September 1913

Lena ZavaroniLena Zavaroni

04 November 1963

John Logie BairdJohn Logie Baird

13 August 1888

Thomas CarlyleThomas Carlyle

04 December 1795

Douglas HenshallDouglas Henshall

19 November 1965

Eric LiddellEric Liddell

16 January 1902

Alan HansenAlan Hansen
(Former Football Player & Football Analyst)

13 June 1955

John NapierJohn Napier
(Inventor of Logarithms)

01 February 1550

Allan PinkertonAllan Pinkerton
(American Detective)

25 August 1819

Gordon StrachanGordon Strachan
(Scottish football manager)

09 February 1957

David I of ScotlandDavid I of Scotland

1083 AD

Jock SteinJock Stein
(Football Manager)

05 October 1922

R. D. LaingR. D. Laing

07 October 1927

Marianna PalkaMarianna Palka

07 September 1981

Tom ContiTom Conti

22 November 1941

Alexander McCall SmithAlexander McCall Smith
(British writer)

24 August 1948

Thomas TelfordThomas Telford
(Civil Engineer)

09 August 1757

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

22 May 1859

Joanne CalderwoodJoanne Calderwood
(Mixed Martial Artist)

23 December 1986

Joan TemplemanJoan Templeman
(Richard Branson's Wife)

1948 AD

Andrew LangAndrew Lang
(Poet, Novelist, Literary Critic)

31 March 1844

Kirkpatrick MacmillanKirkpatrick Macmillan
(Inventor of Pedal Bicycle)

02 September 1812

Robert BrownRobert Brown

21 December 1773

Alexander BainAlexander Bain
(Inventor of Electric Clock)

01 October 1811

James MaxwellJames Maxwell
(Mathematician & Physicist)

13 June 1831

John Rennie the ElderJohn Rennie the Elder
(Civil Engineer)

07 June 1761

Thomas DohertyThomas Doherty

21 April 1995

Lee CarsonLee Carson
(YouTube Gamer)

10 February 1999

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

06 September 1876

Connor BallConnor Ball

15 March 1996

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

05 June 1829

Sir James W. BlackSir James W. Black

14 June 1924

Scott majorScott major
(YouTube Gamer)

10 November 1995

Allan CunninghamAllan Cunningham
(Poet, Author)

07 December 1784

LJ CleaveLJ Cleave
(Internet Personality)

14 February 1994

Alexander Bain - PhilosopherAlexander Bain - Philosopher
(Scottish philosopher)

11 June 1818

James Young ChemistJames Young (Chemist)

13 July 1811

Ethan HamiltonEthan Hamilton

18 October 1998

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

25 April 1958

Robert CarlyleRobert Carlyle

14 April 1961

James Clerk MaxwellJames Clerk Maxwell