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
David McCallumDavid McCallum
19 September 1933

Robert BurnsRobert Burns
25 January 1759
Poet and Lyricist

Robert Louis StevensonRobert Louis Stevenson
13 November 1850
Novelist, Poet

Walter ScottWalter Scott
15 August 1771

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

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

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

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

Alistair MacleanAlistair Maclean
21 April 1922
John BarrowmanJohn Barrowman
11 March 1967

Grant MorrisonGrant Morrison
31 January 1960
Comics writer, Writer, Science fiction writer

Judith MillerJudith Miller
16 September 1951
Philip KerrPhilip Kerr
22 February 1956
Writer, Poet lawyer, Science fiction writer,

Ali SmithAli Smith
1962 AD
John BuchanJohn Buchan
26 August 1875

Muriel SparkMuriel Spark
01 February 1918

Rory BremnerRory Bremner
06 April 1961
David BrewsterDavid Brewster
11 December 1781
Botanist, Civil engineer, Physicist, Engineer,

Tobias SmollettTobias Smollett
19 March 1721
James Graham, 1st Marquess of MontroseJames Graham, 1st Marquess of Montrose
25 October 1612
Poet, Writer

Samuel SmilesSamuel Smiles
23 December 1812

Ivor CutlerIvor Cutler
15 January 1923

Naomi MitchisonNaomi Mitchison
01 November 1897
Hugh MacDiarmidHugh MacDiarmid
11 August 1892
Compton MackenzieCompton Mackenzie
17 January 1883

Denise MinaDenise Mina
21 August 1966
Crime writer

Mason Locke WeemsMason Locke Weems
11 October 1759

Edwin MuirEdwin Muir
15 May 1887
James BridieJames Bridie
03 January 1888

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

George Mackay BrownGeorge Mackay Brown
17 October 1921

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

Hugh BlairHugh Blair
07 April 1718
Eric Temple BellEric Temple Bell
07 February 1883
Mathematician, Historian of mathematics, Novelist,

Helen MacInnesHelen MacInnes
07 October 1907
Horatius BonarHoratius Bonar
19 December 1808

William Montgomery WattWilliam Montgomery Watt
14 March 1909

A.S. NeillA.S. Neill
17 October 1883
James BeattieJames Beattie
25 October 1735
Linguist, Poet, Translator, Philosopher, Writer

Peter MayPeter May
20 December 1951
journalist, writer
Henry DrummondHenry Drummond
17 August 1851
Author, University teacher, Writer

R.M. BallantyneR.M. Ballantyne
24 April 1825

William DrummondWilliam Drummond
13 December 1585
Poet, Writer

Edwin MorganEdwin Morgan
27 April 1920

Derek William DickDerek William Dick
25 April 1958
Singer-songwriter, Actor, Singer, Composer, Poet
Sir Thomas UrquhartSir Thomas Urquhart
1611 AD

Nigel CameronNigel Cameron

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