Famous Scottish Poets

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Fare thee weel, my only Luve, And fare thee weel awhile! And I will come again, my Luve, Tho' it ware ten thousand mile.’ These lines from Robert Burns’ poem ‘A Red Red Rose’ beautifully depict the power and passion of love. Minimalist words, rhyme and rhythm, and powerful expressions define poetry. Poets have since times immemorial made a lasting impression on literature with their verses, couplets and rhymes. Interestingly, they have covered varied aspects of daily life including nature, romance, and tragedy and so on. Edwin George Morgan was a Scottish poet and translator who have been associated with the Scottish Renaissance movement. He is widely recognized as the foremost Scottish poets of the 20th century. He was recognized as the first Glasgow Poet Laureate in 1999. Robert Burns is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland and is celebrated worldwide for his works in Scots language. Walter Scott, a novelist, playwright and poet, is the first Scottish litterateur to enjoy an international career having readership across Europe, Australia and America. But these are just the handful of the innumerable Scottish poets who have made an immeasurable contribution in literature. Know more about them, their powerful play of words and their life with this section.
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Robert Burns
(Poet and Lyricist widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland and is celebrated worldwide.)
Robert Burns
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Birthdate: January 25, 1759
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ayrshire, Scotland
Died: July 21, 1796
Scottish poet Robert Burns, also known as the National Bard and the Bard of Ayrshire, is considered a pioneer of the Romantic movement in English literature. He often drew inspiration from Scottish folk songs. Some of his most notable works include the poems Auld Lang Syne and Scots Wha Hae.
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Robert Louis Stevenson
(Author of Famous Novels: 'Treasure Island' and 'Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde')
Robert Louis Stevenson
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Birthdate: November 13, 1850
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: December 3, 1894

Robert Louis Stevenson was a Scottish travel writer, poet, and novelist. A popular writer in his lifetime, Stevenson went about traveling widely and writing prolifically even as he suffered from bronchial trouble; his will power and love for writing won the hearts of many other writers. In 2018, he was ranked as the world's 26th-most-translated author.

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Donovan
(Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Composer, Autobiographer, Writer, Poet, Record producer, Film score composer)
Donovan
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Birthdate: May 10, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland

Donovan is a Scottish guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He is best known for developing and popularizing a distinctive and eclectic style that blended many genres, such as folk, jazz, pop, calypso, and psychedelic rock. Donovan was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, in 2012 and 2014, respectively.

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Walter Scott
(Novelist and Poet known for his Works Ivanhoe, Rob Roy, and The Lady of the Lake)
Walter Scott
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Birthdate: August 15, 1771
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: September 21, 1832

Walter Scott was a Scottish novelist, poet, historian, and playwright. Scott's ability as a writer and his knowledge of history made him a pioneering figure in the formation of the historical novel genre. An influential writer, many of his works remain classics of Scottish as well as English-language literature. Scott was admired by other prominent writers like Letitia Elizabeth Landon.

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Derek William Dick
(Singer-songwriter, Actor, Singer, Composer, Poet)
Derek William Dick
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Birthdate: April 25, 1958
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dalkeith, Midlothian, Scotland

Better known by his pseudonym, Fish, Scottish rock singer Derek William Dick first gained fame as part of the British band Marillion. Known for hits such as Kayleigh, he later also had a successful solo career. He once revealed how he almost died twice, from skin-infection-induced blood poisoning.

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Andrew Lang
(Poet, Novelist, Literary Critic)
Andrew Lang
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Birthdate: March 31, 1844
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Selkirk
Died: July 20, 1912

Best known for his collections of folklore, fairy tales, and legends, Scottish author and Merton College fellow Andrew Lang was also an avid historian and anthropologist who coined the term psychical research. His The World of Homer and his translations of Homer’s works remain invaluable to Homerian students.

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Tobias Smollett
(Scottish Poet and Author Best Known for Picaresque Novels)
Tobias Smollett
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Birthdate: March 19, 1721
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Renton, Scotland
Died: September 17, 1771

Best known for his picaresque novels such as The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle, Scottish novelist Tobias Smollett was born into a family of lawyers and soldiers and initially attended medical training. Some believe he quit university without a degree, while it is also said he had served as a navy surgeon.

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James Graham, 1st Marquess of Montrose
(Poet, Viceroy and Captain General of Scotland)
James Graham, 1st Marquess of Montrose
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Birthdate: October 25, 1612
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: May 21, 1650

Known as The Great Montrose, James Graham, 1st Marquess of Montrose was not just a Scottish nobleman and military leader but also a talented poet. He won many battles for Charles I but was defeated in the Battle of Carbisdale, following which he was hanged to death in the Edinburgh marketplace.

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Ivor Cutler
(Scottish Poet, Singer-Songwriter , Musician, Artist and Humorist Known for His Regular Performances on 'BBC Radio')
Ivor Cutler
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Birthdate: January 15, 1923
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland
Died: March 3, 2006
Known for his frequent appearances on BBC radio programs and his baritone voice, singer Ivor Cutler had once been a RAF navigator. While he initially studied painting and sculpting, he later took to poetry and songwriting. He had also penned children’s books. Called an eccentric, he mostly traveled by bicycle.
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Hugh MacDiarmid
(Scottish Poet, Essayist and Politician)
Hugh MacDiarmid
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Birthdate: August 11, 1892
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Langholm, Dumfriesshire, Scotland
Died: September 9, 1978

Christopher Murray Grieve, better known by his pseudonym, Hugh MacDiarmid, was one of the pillars of the 20th-century Scottish literary renaissance. Initially a journalist, he later focused on writing poetry, but rejected English and wrote in "synthetic Scots" instead. His best-known work remains A Drunk Man Looks at the Thistle.

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Joanna Baillie
(Scottish Poet and Dramatist Best Known by Her Plays on the Passions)
Joanna Baillie
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Birthdate: September 11, 1762
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hamilton, Scotland
Died: February 23, 1851

Joanna Baillie was a Scottish dramatist and poet who recieved critical acclaim for her works, such as Fugitive Verses and Plays on the Passions. One of her most popular works DeMonfort helped inspire Byron's drama, Manford. Baillie was also known for her philanthropic efforts; she donated half her earnings to charity and took an active part in several philanthropic activities.

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Thomas Campbell
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Birthdate: July 27, 1777
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland
Died: June 15, 1844

Scottish poet Thomas Campbell is best known for his emotional war poems and songs, such as Ye Mariners of England. He was also one of the men behind the formation of University College London. Though he initially intended to study law, he later ended up writing some of the best patriotic lyrics.

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Alasdair Gray
(Former Writer best known for his surreal atmospheric novel Lanark (1981))
Alasdair Gray
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Birthdate: December 28, 1934
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland
Died: December 29, 2019

Alasdair Gray was a Scottish artist and writer whose works have inspired several other prominent writers like Irvine Welsh, Alan Warner, Janice Galloway, Chris Kelso, and A. L. Kennedy. His first novel Lanark, which was published in 1981, is viewed as a watershed in the history of Scottish fiction. He also painted murals, including one at the Hillhead subway station.

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Blind Harry
(Scottish Poet and Historian)
Blind Harry
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Birthdate: 1440 AD
Birthplace: Scotland
Died: 1492 AD

Harry The Minstrel, or Blind Harry, was a 15th-century Scottish poet, best known for his iconic poem The Wallace. He finds mention in a lot of literary works, such as The Lament for the Makaris by William Dunbar. Blind since birth, he mostly went around collecting legends about Scottish knight Sir William Wallace.

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Naomi Mitchison
(Scottish Novelist and Poet)
Naomi Mitchison
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Birthdate: November 1, 1897
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: January 11, 1999

Known for authoring books such as Memoirs of a Spacewoman and The Conquered, Naomi Mitchison was also a driven socialist. She served as an advisor to Botswana’s Bakgatla tribe and had also been a farmer. Honored with numerous awards and honorary doctorates, she lived till age 101.

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

John Galt was a Scottish entrepreneur, novelist, and social and political commentator. Often referred to as the first English-language political novelist, Galt wrote extensively on issues pertaining to the Industrial Revolution. John Galt is also known as the father of Sir Alexander Tilloch Galt, who went on to become one of the fathers of the Canadian Confederation.

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Eric Linklater
(Scottish Poet, Fiction Writer, Military Historian, and Travel Writer)
Eric Linklater
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Birthdate: March 8, 1899
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales
Died: November 7, 1974

Welsh-born Scottish author Eric Linklater is best remembered for his award-winning children’s book The Wind on the Moon. Initially a student of medicine, he later switched to English literature. He  had also been part pf the Scottish military and later also became a military historian.

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William Dunbar
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Birthdate: 1459 AD
Birthplace: Scotland
Died: 1530 AD

Once the court poet of King James IV of Scotland, William Dunbar remains one of the most reputed Chaucerians of his time. Known for allegorical pieces such as The Goldyn Targe, he also penned works such as Flyting of Dunbar and Kennedie, directed against his rival Walter Kennedy.

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Edwin Muir
(Scottish Poet, Novelist and Translator Known for His Deeply Felt and Vivid Poetry Written in Plain Language)
Edwin Muir
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Birthdate: May 15, 1887
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Deerness, Orkney, Scotland
Died: January 3, 1959

Edwin Muir was a Scottish novelist, poet, and translator best remembered for his vivid and deeply felt poetry written with few stylistic preoccupations. A prolific translator, Muir was honored with the prestigious Johann-Heinrich-Voss Translation Award in 1958.

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Edwin Morgan
(Scottish Poet)
Edwin Morgan
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Birthdate: April 27, 1920
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland
Died: August 17, 2010

One of the last of the great poets of the Scottish literary renaissance, Edwin Morgan became the first Glasgow Poet Laureate, was named the National Poet of Scotland, and was once invited to pen a poem to open the Scottish Parliament. The gay poet revealed his sexuality through love poems such as Strawberries.

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George Mackay Brown
(Scottish Poet, Author and Dramatist With a Distinctly Orcadian Character)
George Mackay Brown
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Birthdate: October 17, 1921
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Stromness, Orkney, Scotland
Died: April 13, 1996

Born to an Orkney postman, Scottish poet George Mackay Brown was known for reflecting the Orkneyan life through his works. Apart from releasing poetry collections such as Loaves and Fishes, he also penned many short stories and the Booker Prize-shortlisted novel Beside the Ocean of Time.

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Horatius Bonar
(Scottish Poet and Priest)
Horatius Bonar
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Birthdate: December 19, 1808
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: July 31, 1889

Horatius Bonar was a Scottish poet and churchman. In addition to being a highly popular and voluminous author, Bonar also played a major role in the development of the Church of Scotland. Also a prodigious hymnodist, Horatius Bonar wrote several hymns that became popular throughout the English-speaking world. 

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Norman MacCaig
(Scottish Poet and Teacher Known for a Round of Applause and Other Collections of Simple, Humorous Poems)
Norman MacCaig
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Birthdate: November 14, 1910
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: January 23, 1996

Norman MacCaig was a Scottish teacher and poet whose poetry is renowned for its simplicity of language and humor. MacCaig's poems achieved immense popularity and were often praised by fellow poets like Douglas Dunn and Hugh MacDiarmid. He published his poems throughout his life and won several prestigious awards like the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry and the Cholmondeley Award.

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Sorley Maclean
(One of the Major Scottish Poets of the Modern Era)
Sorley Maclean
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Birthdate: October 26, 1911
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Òsgaig, Raasay, Scotland
Died: November 24, 1996

Sorley Maclean was a Scottish poet best remembered for his immense contribution to Gaelic poetry. Widely regarded as one of the most important Scottish poets of his generation, MacLean's poetry had a major impact on the Gaelic-speaking world. His poetry also influenced contemporary poets like Hugh MacDiarmid and earned him several prestigious awards like the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry.

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William Alexander, 1st Earl of Stirling
(Secretary of State for Scotland)
William Alexander, 1st Earl of Stirling
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Birthdate: 1567 AD
Birthplace: Menstrie, Scotland
Died: February 12, 1640

William Alexander, 1st Earl of Stirling, was a Scottish poet and courtier. Before starting his career as a poet, William served as a teacher to Archibald Campbell, 7th Earl of Argyll. He then established himself as one of the most acclaimed poets in early 17th century England and Scotland. His literary works attracted praises from the likes of Andrew Ramsey.

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Aneirin
(Scottish Poet)
Aneirin
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Birthdate: 0525 AD
Birthplace: Dumbarton, Wales

Aneirin was a Brythonic war poet best remembered for his medieval Welsh poem, Y Gododdin. Believed to have been a court poet or bard in a Cumbric kingdom in present-day Scotland, Aneirin is often referred to as the prince of bards. His works are preserved in a manuscript called the Book of Aneirin.

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John Barbour
(Scottish Poet and Priest)
John Barbour
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Birthdate: 1320 AD
Birthplace: Aberdeen, Scotland
Died: March 13, 1395

John Barbour was a Scottish poet best remembered for his magnum opus The Brus, which earned him ten pounds Scots in 1377 at the royal court of Robert II. Often referred to as the father of Scots poetry, John Barbour was the first major literary figure to publish his works in Scots.

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Robert Fergusson
(Scottish Poet)
Robert Fergusson
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Birthdate: September 5, 1750
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: October 16, 1774

Robert Fergusson was a Scottish poet whose works had a major impact on contemporary poet and lyricist Robert Burns. Although Fergusson's career was brief, he achieved immense popularity for his work in the Scots language. He died at the age of 24 and the brutal circumstances of his demise inspired the creation of the Royal Edinburgh Hospital.

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Ian Hamilton Finlay
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Birthdate: October 28, 1925
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Nassau, Bahamas
Died: March 27, 2006
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Robert Henryson
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Birthdate: 1425 AD
Birthplace: Scotland
Died: 1500 AD

Robert Henryson was a poet who found success in Scotland between 1460 and 1500 AD. Many of his works, including the famous Morall Fabillis, were composed in Middle Scots. Although little is known about Henryson, evidence suggests that he had training in the humanities and law. It is also said that Henryson might have worked as a teacher as well.

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David Lyndsay
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Birthdate: 1490 AD
Birthplace: East Lothian Council, Scotland
Died: 1555 AD

David Lyndsay was a Scottish herald and poet whose literary work is often counted among the finest of the Renaissance. A well-known makar, David Lyndsay is depicted among the 16 Scottish poets and writers on the famous Scott Monument in Edinburgh. 

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William Drummond of Hawthornden
(The First Notable Poet in Scotland to Write Deliberately in English)
William Drummond of Hawthornden
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Birthdate: December 13, 1585
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Midlothian, Scotland
Died: December 4, 1649

William Drummond was a Scottish poet best remembered for his work the Cypresse Grove. An influential and important poet of his generation, Drummond is among the 16 Scottish writers and poets whose faces have been carved on the Scott Monument in Edinburgh.

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Thomas Pringle
(First Successful English Language Poet and Author to Describe South Africa’s Scenery, Native Peoples, and Living Conditions)
Thomas Pringle
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Birthdate: January 5, 1789
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Scotland
Died: December 5, 1834

Thomas Pringle was a Scottish poet, writer, and abolitionist. He became the first English language author and poet to describe South Africa's living conditions, native peoples, and scenery for which he is often referred to as the father of South African poetry. Thomas Pringle is also remembered for his association with the Anti-Slavery Society where he served as the secretary.

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Lady Anne Barnard
(Scottish Travel Writer, Artist and Socialite)
Lady Anne Barnard
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Birthdate: December 12, 1750
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Balcarres House, Fife, Scotland
Died: May 6, 1825

Lady Anne Barnard was a Scottish socialite, artist, and travel writer. She is best remembered for her five-year stay in Cape Town, during which she wrote a series of letters to Viscount Melville. Her letters became a prominent source of information about social life in South Africa at the time. She is also remembered for her ballad Auld Robin Gray.

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Angus Calder
(Writer)
Angus Calder
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Birthdate: February 5, 1942
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London, England
Died: June 5, 2008

Angus Calder was a Scottish poet, historian, and writer. In addition to his literary works, Calder is also remembered for holding teaching positions in several universities. Also a prominent socialist, Angus Calder was often counted among the most important Scottish intellectuals during the '70s and '80s.

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Thomas Brown
(Philosopher)
Thomas Brown
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Birthdate: January 9, 1778
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland
Died: April 2, 1820

Thomas Brown was a Scottish poet and philosopher best remembered for his contribution to the development of the Scottish school of common sense. Among his most important work is a critique of the theory of transmutation by Erasmus Darwin. Titled Observations on the zoonomia of Erasmus Darwin, his critique was praised as a mature work by several scholars and critics.

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John Davidson
(Scottish poet)
John Davidson
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Birthdate: April 11, 1857
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Barrhead, Scotland
Died: March 23, 1909

John Davidson was a Scottish poet, novelist, and playwright best remembered for his ballads. A prolific writer, Davidson's work influenced several Modernist poets like Wallace Stevens and Hugh MacDiarmid. John Davidson's financial troubles as well as mental and physical health problems culminated in his suicide by drowning on 23 March 1909 at the age of 51.

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Douglas Dunn
(Scottish Poet Best Known for His Poems Evoking Working-Class British Life)
Douglas Dunn
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Birthdate: October 23, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Inchinnan, Scotland

Douglas Dunn is a Scottish academic, poet, and critic. He is best known for his collection of poems, Terry Street, which was honored with the Somerset Maugham Award and the Scottish Arts Council Book Award in 1969. Douglas Dunn is also known for his association with the University of St Andrews, where he is currently serving as an Honorary Professor.

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Iain Crichton Smith
(Scottish Poet and Novelist)
Iain Crichton Smith
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Birthdate: January 1, 1928
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland
Died: October 15, 1998

Iain Crichton Smith was a Scottish novelist and poet best remembered for his 1968 novel Consider the Lilies. Before starting his career as a full-time writer, Smith worked as a teacher; he taught in places like Dumbarton, Oban, and Clydebank from 1952 to 1977. Also a translator, Iain Crichton Smith translated some of Sorley Maclean's work from Gaelic to English.  

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Robert Blair
(Scottish Poet)
Robert Blair
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Birthdate: April 17, 1699
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: February 4, 1746

Robert Blair was a Scottish poet best remembered for his magnum opus The Grave, which was later illustrated by popular painter and printmaker William Blake. The poem, which is written in blank verse, achieved great popularity and led to the graveyard school of poetry. In addition to writing poems, Blair also enjoyed gardening and studying the works of other poets.

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Alastair Reid
(Scottish Poet Known for His Lighthearted Style of Poems)
Alastair Reid
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Birthdate: March 22, 1926
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Whithorn, Scotland
Died: September 21, 2014

Alastair Reid was a Scottish poet best remembered for his lighthearted style of poetry. A scholar of South American literature, Reid is also known for his translations of the works of popular South American poets like Pablo Neruda and Jorge Luis Borges. Alastair Reid also worked as a teacher and contributed immensely as a writer for The New Yorker magazine.

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Allan Cunningham
(Poet, Author)
Allan Cunningham
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Birthdate: December 7, 1784
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dalswinton, Scotland
Died: October 30, 1842

Allan Cunningham was a Scottish author and poet best remembered for his immense contribution to the London Magazine during its salad days in the 1820s. A prolific songwriter, Cunningham also contributed to Eugenius Roche's Literary Recreations. In addition to his poems and songs, Allan Cunningham also wrote novels and biographies of popular figures like Sir Joshua Reynolds and William Blake.

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Andrew of Wyntoun
(Scottish writer)
Andrew of Wyntoun
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Birthdate: 1350 AD
Birthplace: Not known
Died: 1423 AD

Andrew of Wyntoun was a Scottish poet best remembered for his chronicler, The Orygynale Cronykil of Scotland. His work is considered an important historical source for the late-14th and early-15th centuries. Andrew, who also served as a canon of St. Andrews, is credited with being one of the earliest English language writers to use the word Catholic in his work.

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William Soutar
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Birthdate: April 28, 1898
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Perth, Scotland
Died: October 15, 1943

William Soutar was a Scottish diarist and poet who wrote in Braid Scots and English. Best known for his epigrams, Soutar was one of the most important members of a literary movement called The Scottish Renaissance. Widely regarded as one of the greatest Scottish poets of all time, Soutar helped inspire the works of classical composer and conductor James MacMillan. 

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George MacBeth
(Scottish Poet and Novelist)
George MacBeth
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Birthdate: January 19, 1932
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Shotts, Scotland
Died: February 16, 1992

George MacBeth was a Scottish novelist and poet best remembered as one of the most important members of an informal group of poets known as The Group. As a novelist, MacBeth created the popular character Cadbury, who appeared in a series of thrillers. An influential and popular writer, George MacBeth was honored with the prestigious Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize.

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Michael Bruce
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Birthdate: March 27, 1746
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Portmoak, Scotland
Died: July 15, 1767

Though born to a weaver, Michael Bruce had started reading before turning 4. Best known for works such as Elegy Written in Spring, he died at the tender age of 21. It is believed, poet John Logan stole most of Bruce’s works and passed them off as his own.

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Robert Aytoun
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Birthdate: 1570 AD
Birthplace: Kinaldy, Scotland
Died: 1638 AD

Robert Aytoun was a Scottish poet who wrote in English, Greek, and Latin. Best remembered for his work Diophantus and Charidora, Aytoun was a popular figure among his contemporaries in England and Scotland. In 1612, Robert Aytoun was knighted for his achievements and contribution to literature.

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Alexander Montgomerie
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Birthdate: 1550 AD
Birthplace: Scotland
Died: August 22, 1598

Alexander Montgomerie was a Scottish poet and courtier best remembered as one of the most important members of the Castalian Band, a group of poets in James VI's court; the group included the king himself. Widely regarded as the king's favorite, Montgomerie wrote poems that explored complex themes like love. His works have drawn comparisons with writers like George Herbert.

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John Barclay
(Scottish Poet)
John Barclay
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Birthdate: January 28, 1582
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Pont-à-Mousson, Lorraine, France
Died: August 15, 1621

Scottish author John Barclay was the son of a renowned jurist. His iconic Latin long poem Argenis was a major influence on 17th-century romance. He was part of several literary societies in Rome. He is also remembered for his satire on Jesuits, Euphormionis Lusinini Satyricon, which was a precursor to the picaresque novel.

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Alexander Hume
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Birthdate: 1560 AD
Birthplace: United Kingdom
Died: December 4, 1609

Mostly known for his religious poems, Scottish poet Alexander Hume was initially a lawyer. Disinterested with the corrupt legal system of his time, he joined the Logie Kirk church as a minister. He later served the Church of Scotland as its Moderator of the General Assembly.