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Scotland Famous

People listed are almost always native to the country. We do (on occasion) include those that have either lived within the country for most of their adult life, or have made a significant contribution to the country in their personal endeavors.

A - B
  • Robert Adam architect
  • Sir Robert Rowand Anderson architect
  • Marion Angus poet
  • Sir William Arrol engineer
  • John Logie Baird inventor television
  • Iain Menzies Banks author
  • John Barbour poet
  • Sir James Barrie author, playwright
  • Stanley Baxter actor
  • Bay City Rollers music group
  • Alexander Graham Bell inventor telephone
  • Sean Biggerstaff actor
  • Tony Blair British prime minister
  • Esther Faa Blythe last queen of the gypsies
  • James Boswell author, biographer
  • Billy Boyd actor
  • Susan Boyle singer
  • David Brewster physicist, inventor kaleidoscope
  • Gordon Brown former prime minister
  • Robert the Bruce king, independence hero
  • Ken Buchanan boxing champion
  • Robert Burns poet
  • Gerard Butler actor
  • Jean Dunlop Cadell actress
  • Robert Carlyle actor
  • Thomas Carlyle philosopher, historian
  • Andrew Carnegie entrepreneur, philanthropist
  • Willie Carson jockey
  • Maxwell Caulfield actor
  • Charles I last king born in Scotland
  • Jim Clark automobile racer
  • Andrew Clyde actor
  • Robbie Coltrane actor
  • Sean Connery actor
  • Billy Connolly actor, comedian
  • David "Davie" Cooper football player
  • David Coulthard race car driver
  • Brian Cox actor, director
  • Donald Crisp actor
  • Annette Crosbie actress
  • Michael Cruickshank actor
  • Kenny Dalglish footballer
  • Donald Dewar politician
  • Dolly the Sheep first cloned mammal
  • James Donald actor
  • Donovan singer, songwriter
  • David Douglas botanist, explorer
  • Sir James Douglas "Black Douglas" soldier, knight
  • Thomas "Tommy" Clement Douglas minister, premier of Saskatchewan
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle author
  • John Boyd Dunlop inventor, founder Dunlop Rubber
E - H
  • Sheena Easton singer
  • Sir Alexander "Alex" Ferguson football coach
  • Craig Ferguson actor
  • Sir Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin
  • Dario Franchitti automobile racer
  • John Hannah actor
  • Cliff Hanley journalist, author, playwright, broadcaster
  • Alex Harvey singer
  • David Octavius Hill photographer
  • James Hogg poet
  • David Hume author
J - L
  • Gordon Jackson actor
  • King James VI first king of Scotland and England
  • John Paul Jones naval hero
  • Deborah Kerr actress
  • Captain William Kidd pirate
  • Mark Knopfler musician
  • Simone Lahbib actress
  • Sir Harry Lauder entertainer, song writer
  • Denis Law football player
  • Annie Lennox singer
  • Katie Leung actress
  • Sir Thomas Lipton founder Lipton Tea
  • Joseph Lister surgeon, "father of antiseptic surgery"
  • David Livingston explorer
  • Loch Ness Monster mysterious creature
  • Lulu singer, songwriter
  • Charles Lyell geologist
  • Lord MacBeth last gaelic king of scotland
  • Norman MacCaig poet
  • Ewan MacColl singer, composer
  • Flora MacDonald heroine, saved life of Bonnie Prince Charlie
  • James Ramsay MacDonald former prime minister
  • Sir John A. Macdonald first prime minister of Canada
  • Kelly Macdonald actress
  • Robert Roy MacGregor folk hero
  • Charles Macintosh inventor waterproof clothing
  • Charles Rennie Mackintosh architect, designer, artist
  • Alistair Maclean author
  • Kenneth Macmillan ballet dancer, choreographer
  • Mary, Queen of Scots royalty
  • James Clerk Maxwell mathematician, physicist
  • James McAvoy actor
  • David McCallum actor
  • John Charles McDermott tenor
  • William McGonagall poet
  • Ewan McGregor actor
  • Ian McHarg landscape architect, author
  • Duncan McIntyre aviation pioneer
  • Kenneth McKellar tenor
  • William "Billy" McNeill footballer, manager
  • Colin McRae automobile racer
  • John Muir author, conservationist
  • William Murdoch engineer, inventor
  • Lynda Myles film, television producer
N - R
  • Paolo Nutini singer, songwriter
  • Caroline Oliphant poet
  • Sir Eduardo Luigi Paolozzi artist, sculptor
  • Allan Pinkerton founder Pinkerton Detective Agency
  • Sir Henry Raeburn artist
  • Gordon Ramsay chef
  • Ian Rankin author
  • Anne Redpath artist
  • Ian Richardson actor
  • Annie Ross actress
  • Francis Scott composer
  • Ronald Belford "Bon" Scott musician
  • Sir Walter Scott author
  • Robert W. Service poet, writer
  • Adam Smith economist, philosopher
  • Ian McKenzie Smith artist
  • Muriel Spark author
  • Dawn Steele actress
  • Jock Stein football manager
  • Robert Louis Stevenson author
  • Jackie Stewart race car driver
T - Y
  • David Tennant actor
  • Alexander Todd chemist, Nobel Prize winner
  • William Turnbull artist
  • William Wallace fight for independence hero
  • Robert Watson-Watt inventor of radar
  • James Watt inventor, engineer
  • Jim Watt world boxing champion
  • Princess Margaret Rose Windsor royalty
  • Angus Young musician
  • Malcolm Young musician

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This page was last updated on April 7, 2017.