Famous People Born in Scotland

By Tim Lambert

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ABERDEEN

Marion Angus 1866-1946 Poet

Michael Clark 1962- Dancer

Andrew Cruikshank 1907-1988 Actor

James Donald 1917-1993 Actor

Graham Garden 1943- Comedian

Evelyn Glennie 1965- Musician

George Jamesone 1588-1644 Portrait painter

Annie Lennox 1954- Singer

James Clerk Maxwell 1832-79 Scientist

Sir William McMillan 1887-1997 Sculptor

John Phillip 1817-67 Artist

ALSFORD, ABERDEENSHIRE Charles Murray 1864-1941 Poet

ALLOA David Allan 1744-1796 Artist

ALLOWAY, AYRESHIRE Robert Burns 1759-96 Poet

ANSTRUTHER, FIFE William Tennant 1784-1848 Poet

ARBROATH Lynda Myles 1947- Film director

ARDROSSAN John Kerr 1824-1907 Physicist

AUCHINLECK, AYRESHIRE William Murdock 1754-1839 Invented gas light

AUCHTERARDER

James Kennaway 1928-1968 Writer

John Monteah Robertson 1900-1989 Crystallographer

AYR

John McAdam 1756-1836 Road builder

Robert McBryde 1913-1966 Artist

William Maclure 1763-1840 Geologist

BALLATER Sir Patrick Geddes 1854-1932 'Father of Town Planning'

BATHGATE James Simpson 1811-1870 Pioneer of anaesthetics

BEARSDEN Jessie King 1875-1949 Artist

BELLSHILL, LANARKSHIRE Sheena Easton 1959- Singer

CAPUTH, PERTHSHIRE Belle Stewart 1906-1997 Singer

CHIRNSIDE, BORDERS Jim Clark 1936-1968 Racing Driver

CLUNIE James Richard Macleod 1876-1935 Biochemist

CRIEFF Ewan McGregor 1971- Actor

CROMARTRY Hugh Miller 1802-1856 Geologist

CULTS, FIFE David Wilkie 1785-1841 Artist

CUPAR Sir Robert Robertson 1869-1949 Chemist

DEERNESS, ORKNEY Edwin Muir 1887-1959 Poet

DREGHORN, AYRESHIRE John Boyd Dunlop 1840-1921 inventor of pneumatic tyre

DUMBARTON Robert Napier 1791-1876 Engineer

DUMFRIES John Laurie 1897-1980 Actor

John Richardson 1787-1865 Explorer

DUNDEE

Sir William Craigie 1867-1957 Lexicographer

Adam Duncan 1731-1804 Admiral

James Alfred Ewing 1855-1935 Physicist

Thomas Henderson 1798-1844 Astronomer

DUNFERMLINE

Iain Banks 1954- Writer

Andrew Carnegie 1835-1919 Philanthropist

Barbara Dickson 1947- Actress

Dorothy Dunnett 1923-2001 Writer

Moira Shearer 1926- Ballet dancer

DUNBEATH, CAITHNESS Neil Gunn 1891-1973 Writer

DYSART John McDouall Stuart 1815-1866 Explorer

EAST KILBRIDE William Hunter 1718-1783 and John Hunter 1728-1793 Surgeons

ECCLEFECHAN, DUMFRIES Thomas Carlyle 1795-1881 Writer

EDINBURGH

Thomas Anderson 1819-1874 Chemist

Tony Blair 1953- Prime Minister

George Gordon, Lord Aberdeen 1784-1860 Prime minister

Robert Ballantyne 1825-94 Writer

Alexander Graham Bell 1847-1922 Inventor of telephone

Rory Bremner 1961- Comedian

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 1859-1930 Writer

Sean Connery 1930- Actor

Sir William Flint 1880-1969 Artist

George Forbes 1849-1934 Electrical engineer

Brigit Forsyth 1940- Actor

Sir Archibald Geikie 1835-1924 Geologist

Kenneth Grahame 1859-1932 Wrote Wind in the Willows

Hannah Gordon 1941- Actor

Douglas Haig 1861-1928 General

John Scott Haldane 1860-1936 Biologist

David Hume 1711-1776 Philosopher

James Hutton 1726-1797 Geologist

James Keir 1735-1820 Physicist

James Lind 1716-1794 Doctor who discovered that citrus fruits cure scurvy

John Napier 1550-1617 Mathematician

James Nasmyth 1808-1890 Inventor

Barbara Rae 1943- Artist

Allan Ramsay 1713-1884 painter

Sir Walter Scott 1771-1832 Novelist

Alastair Sim 1900-1976 Actor

Fred Uruhart 1912-1996 Writer

ELGIN William Grant 1863-1946 Lexicographer

FALKIRK

John Aitken 1839-1919 Meteorologist

David Weir 1970- Footballer

FORFAR Joseph Weddersburn 1882-1948 Mathematician

FORRES Hugh Falconer 1808-1865 Botanist

GALASHIELS Andrew Herbertson 1865-1915 Geographer

Arthur Lapworth 1872-1941 Chemist

Anne Redpath 1895-1965 Artist

GLASGOW

William Black 1841-1898 Writer

Arthur Whitten Brown 1886-1948 With John Alcock he flew the Atlantic in 1919

Charles Campbell 1897-1974 Philosopher

Robbie Coltrane 1950- Actor

Billy Connolly 1942- Comedian and actor

Kenny Dalglish 1951- Footballer

Lonnie Donegan 1931-2002 Singer

Sir James Frazer 1854-1941 Studied comparative religion

Thomas Graham 1805-1869 Chemist

Sir William Hamilton 1788-1856 Philosopher

Alick Issacs 1927-1967 Virologist

Carol Kidd 1944- Singer

Sir Thomas Lipton 1850-1931 Grocer

Charles Mackintosh 1766-1843 Inventor of the waterproof coat

Charles Rennie Mackintosh 1868-1929 Architect

Alistair McLean 1922-1987 Writer

Lieutenant-General Sir John Moore 1761-1809 Fought in the Peninsula War against Napoleon

Allan Pinkerton 1819-1884 He founded a detective agency

Sir William Ramsay 1852-1916 Chemist

Al Stewart 1945- Singer

GREENOCK

William Brymner 1855-1925

Captain Kidd 1645-1701 Privateer

William Scott 1913-1989 Artist

William Wallace 1860-1940 Composer

James Watt 1736-1819 Inventor of an efficient steam engine

Richard Wilson 1936- Actor

HADDINGTON

Alexander II 1198-1249

John Knox 1505-72 Religious Reformer

Samuel Smiles 18122-1904 Author of Self Help

Francis Scott 1880-1958 Composer

HAWICK Isobel Baillie 1895-1982 Poet

HELENSBURGH John Logie Baird 1888-1946 Inventor of television

INVERNESS

Elspet Gray 1929- Actress

Jessie Kesson 1915-1994 Writer

Josephine Tey 1896-1952 Writer

ISLAY John Campbell 1822-1885 Folklorist

JEDBURGH

David Brewster 1781-1868 Scientist

Mary Somerville 1780-1872 Mathematician

KILEARN, STIRLINGSHIRE George Buchanan 1508-82 Historian

KINCARDINE James Dewar 1842-1923 Scientist

KINGLASSIE, FIFE William Reid 1791-1858 Meteorologist

KINGUSSIE John Leslie 1527-1596 Historian

KINNORDY, FORFARSHIRE Sir Charles Lyell 1797-1875

KIRCALDY

Robert Adam 1728-92 Architect

Adam Smith Economist

KIRKWALL William Baikie 1825-64 Explorer

KIRRIEMUIR Sir James Barrie 1860-1937 Author of Peter Pan

LANGHOLM James Robertson Justice 1905-1975 Actor

LARGO

John Leslie 1766-1832 Physicist

Alexander Selkirk 1676-1721 Sailor

LARGS Thomas Brisbane 1773-1860 Astronomer

LINLITHGOW James V 1512-1542 and Mary Queen of Scots 1542-87

LOCHEARNHEAD, PERTHSHIRE

Jane Findlater 1866-1946 Writer

Mary Findlater 1865-1963 Writer

LOGIE PERT, ANGUS James Mill 1773-1836 Philosopher

LOSSIEMOUTH Ramsay MacDonald 1866-1973 First Labour Prime Minister

ORKNEY George Mackay Brown 1921-1996 Writer

MONTROSE

Robert Brown 1773-1858 Botanist

Marquis of Montrose 1612-50 General

NAIRN James Grant 1827-1892 Explorer

PAISLEY

Mary Bond 1939- Artist

Tom Conti 1941- Actor

Pam Hogg 1958- Fashion designer

PEEBLES John Veitch 1829-1894 Philosopher

PENICUIK Cargill Gilston Knott 1856-1922 Physicist

PERTH

John Buchan 1875-1940 Writer

David Octavius Hill 1802-1870 Artist and pioneer photographer

William Soutor 1898-1943 Poet

PORT GLASGOW James Thomson 1834-1882 Poet

ROXBURGH Sir John Pringle 1707-1782 Physician

SCONE David Douglas 1798-1834 Botanist

ST ANDREWS Tom Morris 1821-1908 Golfer

ST MARY'S HOLM, ORKNEY Florence McNeill 1885-1973 Historian

STIRLING

William Carson 1942- Jockey

George Harvey 1806-1876 Artist

Margaret Marshall 1949- Singer

STORNOWAY Alexander MacKenzie 1764-1820 Explorer

THURSO Sir John Sinclair 1754-1835 Politician

UDDINGTON James Black 1924-2010 Pharmacologist

WESTERKIRK Thomas Telford 1757-1834 Engineer

WEST LINTON, PEEBLESHIRE Savourna Stevenson 1961- Composer

WICK William Barclay 1907-1978 Theologian

WIGTON James Robertson-Justice 1905-1975 Actor

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