Famous People From Scotland
Having a history that dates back to the time as early as in sixth century, Scottish literature are works by Scottish writers who penned their works in English, Scottish, Gaelic, Scots, Brythonic, French, Latin, Norn or other languages. Historians, classicists, biographers, novelists, poets, critics, playwrights, humourists, essayists, annalist, diarists – Scottish writers have been omnipresent. They have made their worth count in all forms of literary pieces and helped Scotland gain a prominent place in the pantheon of world literature. From heroic epics to poignant tragedies, heart-melting poetry to rib-tickling humor, legendary history to unputdownable short stories, Scottish writers have been recognized in the world over. And while talking about Scottish writers one just cannot fathom the contribution by John Barbour and Robert Burns. While the former was the first major literary figure of Scotland, the latter was a pioneer of the Romantic Movement and was awarded with the title of national poet. And any discussion about Scottish writers and literature cannot be complete without the mention of Sir Walter Scott, a novelist and poet whose pursuits in literature created some of the finest ever works known to mankind! This probably best explains the fact that the world’s largest monument to an author is dedicated to him. With this write-up, follow the life and works of famous Scottish writers.
Alan CummingAlan Cumming
27 January 1965
Actor
David McCallumDavid McCallum
19 September 1933
Actor

Robert Louis StevensonRobert Louis Stevenson
13 November 1850
Novelist, Poet

Walter ScottWalter Scott
15 August 1771
Novelist

Robert BurnsRobert Burns
25 January 1759
Poet and Lyricist

R. D. LaingR. D. Laing
07 October 1927
Psychiatrist
Alexander McCall SmithAlexander McCall Smith
24 August 1948
British writer

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

Graham HancockGraham Hancock
02 August 1950
Writer

John GaltJohn Galt
02 May 1779
Novelist

Iain BanksIain Banks
16 February 1954
Author

Grant MorrisonGrant Morrison
31 January 1960
Comics writer, Writer, Science fiction writer
Irvine WelshIrvine Welsh
27 September 1958
Novelist

Judith MillerJudith Miller
16 September 1951
Journalist

Philip KerrPhilip Kerr
22 February 1956
Writer, Poet lawyer, Science fiction writer,

John BuchanJohn Buchan
26 August 1875
Novelist
James BoswellJames Boswell
18 October 1740
Biographer

A. J. CroninA. J. Cronin
19 July 1896
Physician
Muriel SparkMuriel Spark
01 February 1918
Novelist

Ali SmithAli Smith
24 August 1962
Writer

James Graham, 1st Marquess of MontroseJames Graham, 1st Marquess of Montrose
25 October 1612
Poet
Rory BremnerRory Bremner
06 April 1961
Impressionist

Tobias SmollettTobias Smollett
19 March 1721
Author
Hugh MacDiarmidHugh MacDiarmid
11 August 1892
Poet

Ivor CutlerIvor Cutler
15 January 1923
Poet

Compton MackenzieCompton Mackenzie
17 January 1883
Writer
Samuel SmilesSamuel Smiles
23 December 1812
Writer

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David BrewsterDavid Brewster
11 December 1781
Botanist, Civil engineer, Physicist, Engineer,
Denise MinaDenise Mina
21 August 1966
Crime writer

George BuchananGeorge Buchanan
01 February 1506
linguist, poet, historian, translator

William CullenWilliam Cullen
15 April 1710
Physician, Chemist, Farmer, Academic, University

Naomi MitchisonNaomi Mitchison
01 November 1897
Novelist
Mason Locke WeemsMason Locke Weems
11 October 1759
Author
William DunbarWilliam Dunbar
1459 AD
Poet

Eric LinklaterEric Linklater
08 March 1899
Poet

Helen MacInnesHelen MacInnes
07 October 1907
Author

Edwin MuirEdwin Muir
15 May 1887
Poet
Norman MacCaigNorman MacCaig
14 November 1910
Poet

George Mackay BrownGeorge Mackay Brown
17 October 1921
Poet

Horatius BonarHoratius Bonar
19 December 1808
Poet

William Montgomery WattWilliam Montgomery Watt
14 March 1909
 

Eric Temple BellEric Temple Bell
07 February 1883
Mathematician, Historian of mathematics, Novelist,
Robert HenrysonRobert Henryson
1425 AD
Poet

William Alexander, 1st Earl of StirlingWilliam Alexander, 1st Earl of Stirling
1567 AD
Courtier
James BridieJames Bridie
03 January 1888
Playwright

Nigel TranterNigel Tranter
23 November 1909
Author

John Claudius LoudonJohn Claudius Loudon
08 April 1783
Botanist
AneirinAneirin
0525 AD
Poet

Hugh BlairHugh Blair
07 April 1718
Author
Neil M. GunnNeil M. Gunn
08 November 1891
Novelist

Joanna BaillieJoanna Baillie
11 September 1762
Poet

Robert FergussonRobert Fergusson
05 September 1750
Poet

Angus CalderAngus Calder
05 February 1942
Writer

John Dunmore LangJohn Dunmore Lang
25 August 1799
Writer
David LyndsayDavid Lyndsay
1490 AD
Poet

Alexander ChalmersAlexander Chalmers
29 March 1759
Writer

Iain Crichton SmithIain Crichton Smith
01 January 1928
Poet

Hugh Henry BrackenridgeHugh Henry Brackenridge
1748 AD
Writer
John DavidsonJohn Davidson
11 April 1857
Scottish poet

James Augustus GrantJames Augustus Grant
11 April 1827
Explorer
John Gibson LockhartJohn Gibson Lockhart
14 July 1794
Biographer

Thomas PringleThomas Pringle
05 January 1789
Writer

Lady Anne BarnardLady Anne Barnard
12 December 1750
Travel Writer
Archibald GeikieArchibald Geikie
28 December 1835
Geologist

Kathleen HaleKathleen Hale
24 May 1898
Illustrator
Douglas DunnDouglas Dunn
23 October 1942
Poet

Henry MackenzieHenry Mackenzie
26 August 1745
Lawyer

James TytlerJames Tytler
17 December 1745
Apothecary
Alastair ReidAlastair Reid
22 March 1926
Poet

William SoutarWilliam Soutar
28 April 1898
Poet
S. R. CrockettS. R. Crockett
24 September 1859
Novelist

Alexander BarclayAlexander Barclay
1476 AD
Poet

James Melville of HalhillJames Melville of Halhill
1535 AD
Diplomat

Andrew of WyntounAndrew of Wyntoun
1350 AD
Scottish writer
Thomas CampbellThomas Campbell
27 July 1777
Poet
Susan Edmonstone FerrierSusan Edmonstone Ferrier
02 September 1782
Novelist

Francis Jeffrey, Lord JeffreyFrancis Jeffrey, Lord Jeffrey
23 October 1773
Judge

John HomeJohn Home
13 September 1722
Minister

Thomas BrownThomas Brown
09 January 1778
Philosopher
Alexander MontgomerieAlexander Montgomerie
1550 AD
Courtier

George MacBethGeorge MacBeth
19 January 1932
Poet

Robert AytounRobert Aytoun
1570 AD
Poet

Esther InglisEsther Inglis
1571 AD
Artisan

Alexander HumeAlexander Hume
1560 AD
Poet
Robert ChambersRobert Chambers
10 July 1802
Geologist

James Balfour, Lord PittendreichJames Balfour, Lord Pittendreich
1525 AD
Writer
Edmund YatesEdmund Yates
03 July 1831
Journalist

A.S. NeillA.S. Neill
17 October 1883
Educator
Peter MayPeter May
20 December 1951
journalist, writer
George Douglas BrownGeorge Douglas Brown
26 January 1869
Novelist