Famous Scottish Entrepreneurs

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 1 Andrew Carnegie

Andrew Carnegie
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Famous As: Industrialist, Businessman, Entrepreneur and a major Philanthropist.
Birthdate: November 25, 1835
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dunfermline
Died: August 11, 1919
Andrew Carnegie revolutionized the 19th-century steel industry by investing in railroads, bridges, and other projects. He donated most of his wealth to philanthropic causes, and built significant establishments, such as the Carnegie Hall and the Carnegie Mellon University. In the Gospel of Wealth, he urged the wealthy to donate.

 2 David Dunbar Buick

David Dunbar Buick
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Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: September 17, 1854
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Arbroath, Scotland
Died: March 5, 1929

 3 William Brodie

William Brodie
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Famous As: Criminal, Politician
Birthdate: September 28, 1741
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: October 1, 1788
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 4 John Galt

John Galt
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: May 2, 1779
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland
Died: April 11, 1839

 5 Robert William Thomson

Robert William Thomson
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Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: June 29, 1822
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Stonehaven, Scotland
Died: March 8, 1873

Apprenticed as a merchant at age 14, Robert William Thomson grew up to study civil engineering and also worked with the South Eastern Railway Company. His illustrious career saw him make quite a few inventions, such as the pneumatic tire, the fountain pen, and the road steamer.  

 6 Robert Livingston the Elder

Robert Livingston the Elder
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Famous As: Official
Birthdate: December 13, 1654
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ancrum, near Jedburgh, County of Roxburgh, Scotland
Died: October 1, 1728

 7 James Young (Chemist)

James Young (Chemist)
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Famous As: Chemist
Birthdate: July 13, 1811
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Glasgow
Died: May 13, 1883

Born to a carpenter in Glasgow, James Young initially assisted his father but later gained an interest in chemistry. He grew up to invent a process of extracting oil from coal and oil shales. Owing to his paraffin oil company, which he owned, he later earned the nickname Paraffin Young.

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 8 Imogen Bankier

Imogen Bankier
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Famous As: Badminton player
Birthdate: November 18, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland

 9 John Ogilby

John Ogilby
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Famous As: Translator
Birthdate: November 17, 1600
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Scotland
Died: September 4, 1676

A cartographer who was a pioneer of road atlases, John Ogilby was also a well-known poet and translator. Initially a dance master, he is also credited with building Ireland’s first theater in Dublin. He was the target of satirical attacks by Alexander Pope in The Dunciad and by John Dryden in MacFlecknoe.

 10 Archibald Campbell, 3rd Duke of Argyll

Archibald Campbell, 3rd Duke of Argyll
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 1, 1682
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ham House, England
Died: April 15, 1761

Part of the famous Campbell family of Scottish noblemen, Archibald Campbell, 3rd Duke of Argyll was one of the most prominent politicians of his day. He had initially served the army and had also been the treasurer of Scotland. He was also one of the co-founders of the Royal Bank of Scotland.

 11 Sir Charles Ross, 9th Baronet

Sir Charles Ross, 9th Baronet
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Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: April 4, 1872
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Balnagown Castle, Scotland
Died: June 29, 1942

Best remembered as the inventor of the Ross rifle, Sir Charles Ross, 9th Baronet was a talented sharpshooter and rower in his college days and had even participated in the famed Boat Race between Cambridge and Oxford. The Eton-educated baron was also said to be the largest landowner in Britain.

 12 Walter Scott

Walter Scott
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Famous As: Businessperson, Nuclear physicist
Birthdate: April 30, 1947
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Scotland

 13 Sir George Burns, 1st Baronet

Sir George Burns, 1st Baronet
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Famous As: Shipping Entrepreneur
Birthdate: December 10, 1795
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland
Died: June 2, 1890

 14 Colin Macfarquhar

Colin Macfarquhar
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Famous As: Scottish printer
Birthdate: 1745 AD
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: April 2, 1793

 15 William Blackwood

William Blackwood
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Famous As: Publisher
Birthdate: November 20, 1776
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: September 16, 1834

 16 Donald Currie

Donald Currie
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 17, 1825
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Greenock, Scotland
Died: April 13, 1909

 17 George Bannatyne

George Bannatyne
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Famous As: Merchant
Birthdate: 1545 AD
Birthplace: Newtyle, Scotland
Died: 1608 AD