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.
David McCallumDavid McCallum
19 September 1933
Actor
Alan CummingAlan Cumming
27 January 1965
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

John GaltJohn Galt
02 May 1779
Novelist

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

Muriel SparkMuriel Spark
01 February 1918
Novelist
Rory BremnerRory Bremner
06 April 1961
Impressionist

Ali SmithAli Smith
24 August 1962
Writer
James Graham, 1st Marquess of MontroseJames Graham, 1st Marquess of Montrose
25 October 1612
Poet

Compton MackenzieCompton Mackenzie
17 January 1883
Writer

Tobias SmollettTobias Smollett
19 March 1721
Author
David BrewsterDavid Brewster
11 December 1781
Botanist, Civil engineer, Physicist, Engineer,

Samuel SmilesSamuel Smiles
23 December 1812
Writer
Ivor CutlerIvor Cutler
15 January 1923
Poet

Denise MinaDenise Mina
21 August 1966
Crime writer

Hugh MacDiarmidHugh MacDiarmid
11 August 1892
Poet
George BuchananGeorge Buchanan
01 February 1506
linguist, poet, historian, translator

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William CullenWilliam Cullen
15 April 1710
Physician, Chemist, Farmer, Academic, University
Mason Locke WeemsMason Locke Weems
11 October 1759
Author

William DunbarWilliam Dunbar
1459 AD
Poet

Naomi MitchisonNaomi Mitchison
01 November 1897
Novelist

Edwin MuirEdwin Muir
15 May 1887
Poet
Helen MacInnesHelen MacInnes
07 October 1907
Author
William Montgomery WattWilliam Montgomery Watt
14 March 1909
 

Eric LinklaterEric Linklater
08 March 1899
Poet

Horatius BonarHoratius Bonar
19 December 1808
Poet

Norman MacCaigNorman MacCaig
14 November 1910
Poet
William Alexander, 1st Earl of StirlingWilliam Alexander, 1st Earl of Stirling
1567 AD
Courtier

Eric Temple BellEric Temple Bell
07 February 1883
Mathematician, Historian of mathematics, Novelist,

James BridieJames Bridie
03 January 1888
Playwright

George Mackay BrownGeorge Mackay Brown
17 October 1921
Poet

Robert HenrysonRobert Henryson
1425 AD
Poet
Hugh BlairHugh Blair
07 April 1718
Author

Joanna BaillieJoanna Baillie
11 September 1762
Poet
John Claudius LoudonJohn Claudius Loudon
08 April 1783
Botanist

AneirinAneirin
0525 AD
Poet

Neil M. GunnNeil M. Gunn
08 November 1891
Novelist
Angus CalderAngus Calder
05 February 1942
Writer

Robert FergussonRobert Fergusson
05 September 1750
Poet
David LyndsayDavid Lyndsay
1490 AD
Poet

Archibald GeikieArchibald Geikie
28 December 1835
Geologist

Hugh Henry BrackenridgeHugh Henry Brackenridge
1748 AD
Writer

John Dunmore LangJohn Dunmore Lang
25 August 1799
Writer

Alexander ChalmersAlexander Chalmers
29 March 1759
Writer
Iain Crichton SmithIain Crichton Smith
01 January 1928
Poet

James Augustus GrantJames Augustus Grant
11 April 1827
Explorer

John Gibson LockhartJohn Gibson Lockhart
14 July 1794
Biographer

Alexander BarclayAlexander Barclay
1476 AD
Poet
Kathleen HaleKathleen Hale
24 May 1898
Illustrator

Thomas PringleThomas Pringle
05 January 1789
Writer
John DavidsonJohn Davidson
11 April 1857
Scottish poet

Douglas DunnDouglas Dunn
23 October 1942
Poet

Lady Anne BarnardLady Anne Barnard
12 December 1750
Travel Writer
James TytlerJames Tytler
17 December 1745
Apothecary

Henry MackenzieHenry Mackenzie
26 August 1745
Lawyer
S. R. CrockettS. R. Crockett
24 September 1859
Novelist

Alastair ReidAlastair Reid
22 March 1926
Poet

John DuryJohn Dury
1596 AD
Minister
Susan Edmonstone FerrierSusan Edmonstone Ferrier
02 September 1782
Novelist

Francis Jeffrey, Lord JeffreyFrancis Jeffrey, Lord Jeffrey
23 October 1773
Judge
George BannatyneGeorge Bannatyne
1545 AD
Merchant

William SoutarWilliam Soutar
28 April 1898
Poet

John HomeJohn Home
13 September 1722
Minister

George MacBethGeorge MacBeth
19 January 1932
Poet
Thomas BrownThomas Brown
09 January 1778
Philosopher
Edmund YatesEdmund Yates
03 July 1831
Journalist

Thomas CampbellThomas Campbell
27 July 1777
Poet

William Edmondstoune AytounWilliam Edmondstoune Aytoun
21 June 1813
Poet

Robert ChambersRobert Chambers
10 July 1802
Geologist
Esther InglisEsther Inglis
1571 AD
Artisan

Alexander HumeAlexander Hume
1560 AD
Poet

A.S. NeillA.S. Neill
17 October 1883
Educator

James Balfour, Lord PittendreichJames Balfour, Lord Pittendreich
1525 AD
Writer

James BeattieJames Beattie
25 October 1735
Linguist, Poet, Translator, Philosopher, Writer
Peter MayPeter May
20 December 1951
journalist, writer

Robert FergusonRobert Ferguson
1637 AD
Pamphleteer
Alison CockburnAlison Cockburn
08 October 1712
Scottish author

George Douglas BrownGeorge Douglas Brown
26 January 1869
Novelist
Robert AytounRobert Aytoun
1570 AD
Poet
Henry DrummondHenry Drummond
17 August 1851
Author, University teacher, Writer