Famous Scottish Leaders

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 1 Mary, Queen of Scots

Mary, Queen of Scots.
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Famous As: Queen of Scotland
Birthdate: December 8, 1542
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Linlithgow Palace, Linlithgow, Scotland
Died: February 8, 1587

Mary, Queen of Scots was the ruler of Scotland till 24 July 1567. After an uprising against her, Mary sought protection from her first cousin, Queen Elizabeth I of England. However, the Queen perceived her as a threat and kept Mary in confinement for eighteen and a half years. Ultimately Mary was beheaded for plotting to assassinate the Queen.

 2 Robert the Bruce

Robert the Bruce.
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Famous As: King of Scotland
Birthdate: July 11, 1274
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Turnberry Castle, Scotland
Died: June 7, 1329
King of Scots Robert I, better known as Robert the Bruce, is revered as a Scottish national hero. He successfully led his country against England in the First War of Scottish Independence. Legends state he was inspired by a spider’s relentless effort to spin a web, to ultimately defeat England.
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 3 William Wallace

William Wallace.
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Famous As: Military Leader
Birthdate: 1270 AD
Birthplace: Elderslie, Renfrewshire, Scotland
Died: August 23, 1305

William Wallace was a Scottish knight who played an important role in the First War of Scottish Independence. Since his death, Wallace has been viewed as an iconic figure whose story of bravery and valor has inspired several works of art, including the Academy Award-winning film Braveheart. Wallace has also inspired video games and brewery companies, such is his popularity.

 4 Dan Crenshaw

Dan Crenshaw.
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 14, 1984
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Aberdeen, Scotland

 5 James IV of Scotland

James IV of Scotland.
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: March 17, 1473
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Stirling Castle, Stirling,Scotland, United Kingdom
Died: September 9, 1513

James IV of Scotland reigned as the king of Scotland from 1488 until his death in 1513. Although his reign ended at the Battle of Flodden, where he was defeated, James is widely considered the most successful monarch of Scotland from the House of Stewart

 6 James II of Scotland

James II of Scotland.
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Famous As: King of Scots
Birthdate: October 16, 1430
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Holyrood Palace
Died: August 3, 1460

James II of Scotland reigned as the king of Scotland from 1437 to 1460. One of the most popular kings of Scotland, James socialized often with the commoners. Renowned for his restless energy, he traveled around the country and proved to be an active king. Thanks to his popularity, James is often depicted in historical novels, plays, and short stories.

 7 John Balliol, King of Scotland

John Balliol, King of Scotland
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Birthdate: 1249 AD
Died: November 25, 1314
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 8 Charles Kennedy

Charles Kennedy.
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Famous As: Former Member of Parliament of the United Kingdom
Birthdate: November 25, 1959
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Inverness, Scotland
Died: June 1, 2015

At 23, Charles Kennedy won the Ross, Cromarty and Skye seat, thus beginning his 32-year political career. The Liberal Democrats leader apparently had to hire someone to delete the continuous deluge of abusive comments on social media before the 2015 election. He died due to alcohol-related issues at 55.

 9 J. Keir Hardie

J. Keir Hardie
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 15, 1856
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Newhouse, United Kingdom
Died: September 26, 1915

 10 Andrew Moray

Andrew Moray
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Died: October 31, 1297

 11 James Wilson

James Wilson.
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Famous As: Founding Fathers of the United States
Birthdate: September 14, 1742
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fife
Died: August 21, 1798

James Wilson was an American statesman, legal scholar, politician, and founding father of the United States of America. He served as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court from 1789 to 1798.  A leading legal theorist, he played a key role in drafting the United States Constitution. He was also a professor of law. 

 12 John Witherspoon

John Witherspoon
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 5, 1723
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Gifford, Scotland
Died: November 15, 1794

John Witherspoon was a Scottish American slaveholder, Presbyterian minister, and Founding Father of the United States. A signatory to the Declaration of Independence, Witherspoon also signed the Articles of Confederation. He also played a crucial role in shaping public policy in the United States of America.

 13 John Buchan

John Buchan
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: August 26, 1875
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Perth, Scotland
Died: February 11, 1940

 14 Archibald Douglas, 6th earl of Angus

Archibald Douglas, 6th earl of Angus
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Famous As: Nobleman
Birthdate: 1489 AD
Birthplace: Lanarkshire, Scotland
Died: January 22, 1557

 15 John Comyn III of Badenoch

John Comyn III of Badenoch
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Famous As: Military commander
Birthdate: 1274 AD
Birthplace: Badenoch
Died: February 10, 1306

 16 Edward Bruce

Edward Bruce
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Famous As: Former High King of Ireland
Birthdate: 1275 AD
Died: October 14, 1318

 17 John Murray, 4th Earl of Dunmore

John Murray, 4th Earl of Dunmore
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Famous As: politician
Birthdate: 1730 AD
Birthplace: Scotland
Died: February 25, 1809

 18 James Graham, 1st Marquess of Montrose

James Graham, 1st Marquess of Montrose
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: October 25, 1612
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: May 21, 1650

 19 Donald Campbell Dewar

Donald Campbell Dewar
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 21, 1937
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland
Died: October 11, 2000

 20 Reginald Johnston

Reginald Johnston
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Famous As: Politician, Diplomat, Teacher
Birthdate: May 21, 1874
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Edinburgh
Died: December 10, 1938

 21 James Macpherson

James Macpherson
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Famous As: Poet, Translator, Writer
Birthdate: October 27, 1736
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ruthven
Died: February 17, 1796

 22 Jo Grimond

Jo Grimond
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 29, 1913
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: St. Andrews, Scotland
Died: October 24, 1993

 23 Lord George Murray

Lord George Murray
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Famous As: Scottish general
Birthdate: October 4, 1694
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Huntingtower, Scotland
Died: October 11, 1760

 24 John Ross

John Ross
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Famous As: Navy Officer
Birthdate: June 24, 1777
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Balsarroch, Scotland
Died: August 30, 1856

 25 Jennie Lee, Baroness Lee of Asheridge

Jennie Lee, Baroness Lee of Asheridge
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: November 3, 1904
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lochgelly, Fife, Scotland
Died: November 16, 1988

 26 James Hamilton, 1st Duke of Hamilton

James Hamilton, 1st Duke of Hamilton
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Famous As: Royalist
Birthdate: June 19, 1606
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hamilton Palace
Died: March 9, 1649

 27 James Hamilton, 1st earl of Arran

James Hamilton, 1st earl of Arran
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Famous As: Nobleman
Birthdate: 1475 AD
Birthplace: Scotland
Died: 1529 AD

 28 Thomas Brisbane

Thomas Brisbane
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Famous As: Officer
Birthdate: July 23, 1773
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Largs, Ayrshire, Scotland
Died: January 27, 1860

 29 Archibald Campbell, 9th Earl of Argyll

Archibald Campbell, 9th Earl of Argyll
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Famous As: Soldier
Birthdate: February 26, 1629
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dalkeith, Scotland
Died: June 30, 1685

 30 Crawford Murray MacLehose, Baron MacLehose of Beoch

Crawford Murray MacLehose, Baron MacLehose of Beoch
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 16, 1917
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland
Died: May 27, 2000

 31 Archibald Campbell, 1st Marquess of Argyll

Archibald Campbell, 1st Marquess of Argyll
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 29, 1607
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Argyll, Scotland
Died: May 27, 1661

 32 Archibald Douglas, 4th Earl of Douglas

Archibald Douglas, 4th Earl of Douglas
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Famous As: Nobleman
Birthdate: 1369 AD
Birthplace: Scotland
Died: August 17, 1424

 33 Robert Stewart, Duke of Albany

Robert Stewart, Duke of Albany
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: 1340 AD
Birthplace: Dundonald, Scotland
Died: September 3, 1420

 34 Áedán mac Gabráin

Áedán mac Gabráin
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Famous As: King of Dál Riata
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: -
Died: April 17, 0609

 35 Wendy Alexander

Wendy Alexander
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 27, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland

 36 William Alexander, 1st Earl of Stirling

William Alexander, 1st Earl of Stirling
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Famous As: Courtier
Birthdate: 1567 AD
Birthplace: Menstrie, Scotland
Died: February 12, 1640

 37 Patrick Ruthven, 3rd Lord Ruthven

Patrick Ruthven, 3rd Lord Ruthven
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Famous As: Political leader
Birthdate: 1520 AD
Birthplace: Scotland
Died: June 13, 1566

 38 John Erskine, 6th earl of Mar

John Erskine, 6th earl of Mar
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Famous As: Scottish noble
Birthdate: January 31, 1675
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Alloa, Scotland
Died: April 30, 1732

 39 Robert Dale Owen

Robert Dale Owen
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: November 7, 1801
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland
Died: June 24, 1877

 40 Reginald Wingate

Reginald Wingate
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Famous As: General
Birthdate: June 25, 1861
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Port Glasgow, Scotland
Died: January 29, 1953

 41 Brian David Henderson Wilson

Brian David Henderson Wilson
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 13, 1948
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dunoon, Argyle, Scotland

 42 John Barbour

John Barbour
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: 1320 AD
Birthplace: Aberdeen, Scotland
Died: March 13, 1395

 43 James Hamilton, 3rd Earl of Arran

James Hamilton, 3rd Earl of Arran
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Famous As: Political leader
Birthdate: 1537 AD
Birthplace: Scotland
Died: February 29, 1609

 44 John Murray, 1st Duke of Atholl

John Murray, 1st Duke of Atholl
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Famous As: Noble
Birthdate: February 24, 1660
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Knowsley Hall, Knowsley, England
Died: November 14, 1724

 45 James Maxton

James Maxton
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Famous As: British politician
Birthdate: June 22, 1885
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pollokshaws, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Died: July 23, 1946

 46 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

 47 William Maitland of Lethington

William Maitland of Lethington
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: 1525 AD
Birthplace: Scotland
Died: June 9, 1573

 48 John Maitland, 1st Duke of Lauderdale

John Maitland, 1st Duke of Lauderdale
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 24, 1616
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lethington Castle, East Lothian, Scotland
Died: August 24, 1682

 49 Sir Alexander Cockburn, 12th Baronet

Sir Alexander Cockburn, 12th Baronet
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Famous As: Jurist
Birthdate: December 24, 1802
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Transylvania, Romania
Died: November 28, 1880

 50 James Maitland, 8th Earl of Lauderdale

James Maitland, 8th Earl of Lauderdale
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 26, 1759
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ratho, Scotland
Died: September 10, 1839