Scotland has been the home of several renowned novelists, writers and literary giants who have contributed much to the country’s literary landscape through their works. They have been masters at their work and have come up with some of the world’s best-selling novels that every reading aficionado wants to get his/her hands on. Interestingly, Scottish novelists have not limited themselves to but a single genre. They have written extensively on various genres such as fiction, non-fiction, drama, romance, satire, tragedy, comedy and so on. Some have even fused two genres to come up with a novel that has kept the readers hooked on to the book like glue. Novel writing is complex for it involves various characters, an intricate plot, some nerve-wrecking events/follow-ups and a grand finale. Unless you have a deep passion for it, writing a novel can turn into a nightmare and your final outcome as hogwash. Patience and perseverance are also strong foundations on which a good novel stands. There have been numerous Scottish writers who have not just shown all of the above, but reflected the same on their novels as well. Iain Banks, Sir Walter Scott, Irvine Welsh, Robert Louis Stevenson, A.L Kennedy, James Kelman, Denise Mina, John Buchan are some of the prominent Scottish novelists who have gained worldwide fame. Read more about their life and their works through this write-up.
David McCallumDavid McCallum
19 September 1933
Actor
Robert Louis StevensonRobert Louis Stevenson
13 November 1850
Novelist, Poet

Walter ScottWalter Scott
15 August 1771
Novelist

Andrew LangAndrew Lang
31 March 1844
Poet, Novelist, Literary Critic

Sir Arthur Conan DoyleSir Arthur Conan Doyle
22 May 1859
Writer & Physician

Sir James Matthew BarrieSir James Matthew Barrie
09 May 1860
Writer
Allan CunninghamAllan Cunningham
07 December 1784
Poet, Author

Alistair MacleanAlistair Maclean
21 April 1922
Novelist

John GaltJohn Galt
02 May 1779
Novelist
Irvine WelshIrvine Welsh
27 September 1958
Novelist

Philip KerrPhilip Kerr
22 February 1956
Writer, Poet lawyer, Science fiction writer,
John BuchanJohn Buchan
26 August 1875
Novelist

Muriel SparkMuriel Spark
01 February 1918
Novelist

Compton MackenzieCompton Mackenzie
17 January 1883
Writer

Tobias SmollettTobias Smollett
19 March 1721
Author

Denise MinaDenise Mina
21 August 1966
Crime writer
Edwin MuirEdwin Muir
15 May 1887
Poet

Naomi MitchisonNaomi Mitchison
01 November 1897
Novelist

Helen MacInnesHelen MacInnes
07 October 1907
Author

Eric Temple BellEric Temple Bell
07 February 1883
Mathematician, Historian of mathematics, Novelist,
George Mackay BrownGeorge Mackay Brown
17 October 1921
Poet

Eric LinklaterEric Linklater
08 March 1899
Poet
Neil M. GunnNeil M. Gunn
08 November 1891
Novelist

Hugh Henry BrackenridgeHugh Henry Brackenridge
1748 AD
Writer

Iain Crichton SmithIain Crichton Smith
01 January 1928
Poet
John Gibson LockhartJohn Gibson Lockhart
14 July 1794
Biographer

John DavidsonJohn Davidson
11 April 1857
Scottish poet
Henry MackenzieHenry Mackenzie
26 August 1745
Lawyer

Susan Edmonstone FerrierSusan Edmonstone Ferrier
02 September 1782
Novelist

S. R. CrockettS. R. Crockett
24 September 1859
Novelist
George MacBethGeorge MacBeth
19 January 1932
Poet

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Edmund YatesEdmund Yates
03 July 1831
Journalist
Peter MayPeter May
20 December 1951
journalist, writer

George Douglas BrownGeorge Douglas Brown
26 January 1869
Novelist

John BarclayJohn Barclay
28 January 1582
Writer

R.M. BallantyneR.M. Ballantyne
24 April 1825
Author
Elizabeth MavorElizabeth Mavor
17 December 1927
Writer
J.I.M. StewartJ.I.M. Stewart
30 September 1906
Novelist

Sir. James Matthew BarrieSir. James Matthew Barrie
09 May 1860