List of Scottish writers

List of Scottish writers is an incomplete alphabetical list of Scottish writers. This list includes writers of all genres, writing in English, Scots, Gaelic, Latin, or any other language.

This is a subsidiary list to the List of Scots.


*Marion Adams-Acton (1846–1928), children's writer, playwright under name "Jeanie Hering"
*Thomas Aird (1802–1876), poet
*Alasdair MacMhaighstir Alasdair (c. 1695 – 1770), poet
*William Alexander, Earl of Stirling (c. 1570 – 1640)
*Lin Anderson, crime writer
*Marion Angus
*Margot Asquith, writer and wit
*Sir Robert Ayton (1570–1638), poet
*William Edmonstoune Aytoun (1813–1865), poet, humourist and writer


*Lady Grizel Baillie (1665–1746), song-writer
*RM Ballantyne (1825–1894), juvenile fiction writer, The Coral Island
*Iain Banks (born 1954), a.k.a Iain M. Banks
*John Barbour (1316–1395), poet
*Sir James Matthew Barrie (1860–1937), novelist and dramatist, creator of "Peter Pan"
*Alan Bissett (born 1975), novelist
*William Black (1841–1898)
*Robert Blair (1699–1746), poet
*James Boswell (1740–1795), biographer of Samuel Johnson and diarist
*James Bridie
*Christopher Brookmyre (born 1968)
*George Douglas Brown
*John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir (1875–1940), novelist ("The Thirty-Nine Steps")
*James Burnett (1714–1799)
*Peter Burnett (born 1967)
*Rhoda Bulter
*Robert Burns (1759–1796)


*Thomas Campbell
*Angus Peter Campbell, Gaelic novelist, columnist, poet
*Thomas Carlyle (1795–1881), essayist and historian
*Harry Carmichael (pen name of Leopold Horace Ognall) (1908–1979), crime novelist (born in Glasgow)
*Catherine Carswell
*Glenn Chandler
*William Cleland (1661–1689)
*Alison Cockburn (1712–1794) poet and wit
*Sophie Cooke
*Joe Corrie
*Samuel Rutherford Crockett (1860–1914), novelist
*A. J. Cronin
*Helen Cruickshank
*Andrew Crumey


*Lady Florence Dixie (1855-1905), feminist, travel writer, novelist
*Gavin Douglas
*O. Douglas (1877–1948), novelist
*Arthur Conan Doyle (1859–1930), novelist, creator of the "Sherlock Holmes" stories
*Andrew Drummond, novelist, author of "An Abridged History" and "A Hand-book of Volapük"
*William Drummond of Hawthornden
*William Dunbar (c. 1460 – c. 1520), poet
*Jane Duncan
*Douglas Dunn (born 1942), poet
*Dorothy Dunnett (1923–2001), novelist
*Niall Duthie (born 1947), novelist


*Simon Farquhar
*Robert Fergusson
*Susan Edmonstone Ferrier
*John Fleming
*Andrew Fletcher of Saltoun (1653–1716), political writer


*Iain Gale
*Janice Galloway (born 1956), author of 'The Trick Is to Keep Breathing'
*John Galt
*Robert Garioch
*Pat Gerber (1934-2006), writer
*Lewis Grassic GibbonMagi Gibson, (born 1953) poet, writer, author of 'Wild Women of a Certain Age'
*William Glen (born 1789), poet
*Janey Godley
*Robert Bontine Cunninghame Graham
*W. S. Graham, neo-romantic poet
*Kenneth Grahame (1859–1932)
*Elizabeth Grant
*Alasdair Gray (born 1934), writer and artist
*Alexander Gray (1882–1968), academic, propagandist, poet and translator
*Muriel Gray (born 1959), author, broadcaster and businesswoman
*Andrew Greig (born 1951), novelist, poet and writer on mountaineering
*Neil M Gunn (1891–1973), novelist and essayist
*Greig David, playwriter


*Hamilton Alastair (born 1958), writer, journalist, photographer
*Jeanie Hering (1846–1928), children's writer, playwright


*Violet Jacob
*Robert Alan Jamieson
*Quintin Jardine
*Morag Joss
*Jackie Kay
*Robert Keith (1681–1757), Episcopal Bishop and historian
*James Kelman
*James Peebles Ewing Kennaway
*A. L. Kennedy
*Jessie Kesson
*Frank Kuppner (born 1951)


*Andrew Lang (1844–1912)
*Sir Thomas Dick Lauder (1784–1848), writer
*David Lindsay (1878–1945)
*Sir David Lindsay (c. 1490 – c. 1555)
*Douglas Lindsay (born 1964)
*Eric Linklater
*John Gibson Lockhart
*William Laughton Lorimer (1885–1967), translated the New Testament from Greek to Scots


*Stuart MacBride, crime writer
*Alexander McCall Smith
*Fionn MacColla
*Norman MacCaig, poet
*J. McCullough, golf author
*Hugh MacDiarmid (1892–1978), poet
*George Macdonald (1824–1905), poet and novelist
*William Topaz McGonagall, poet, novelist
*Alasdair Alpin MacGregor (1899–1970), writer, photographer and poet
*Kenneth McGuigan, Marxist theory, history
*Duncan McIntyre, Gaelic poet, a.k.a Duncan Ban McIntyre
*Martainn Mac an t-Saoir, Gaelic novelist
*John William Mackail, classical scholar and writer
*Helen Clark MacInnes (1907–1985), suspense novelist
*Sorley MacLean (1911–1996), Scottish Gaelic poet
*Ken MacLeod
*Iain Finlay Macleod, Gaelic novelist
*Henry Mackenzie
*Ian Maclaren
*Alistair MacLean
*Robert McLellan
*Kevin MacNeil
*James Macpherson (1736–1796), poet and presenter of the "Ossian" poems


*Sir John Malcolm (1769–1833), historian
*Ann Marie di Mambro
*Gavin Maxwell
*Peter May (writer)
*Mark Millar, comic book writer
*Hugh Miller
*A.A. Milne, creator of Winnie the Pooh
*Sir Edward Montague
*Edwin Morgan (born 1920), foremost Scottish poet
*Edwin Muir (1887–1959), novelist and poet
*Charles Murray
*Denise Mina (born 1966), Crime writer
*Grant Morrison, comic book writer


*Andrew O'Hagan (born 1968), novelist and essayist
*Carolina Oliphant, Lady Nairne, 18th century composer and songwriter
*Margaret Oliphant


*Aileen Paterson, creator of "Maisie from Morningside"


*Allan Ramsay
*Ian Rankin, creator of Inspector Rebus crime novels
*Marilyn Reid (Born 1954) Author, wrote plays under the name Marilyn Cameron
*Dilys Rose

*Alexander Scott
*Andrew Murray Scott (born 1955), novelist []
*Michael Scott (1789–1835), author
*Sir Walter Scott (1771–1832), novelist and poet
*William Sharp (1855–1905), poet and biographer
*Nan Shepherd
*Samuel Smiles (1812–1904)
*Adam Smith (1723–1790)
*Ali Smith (born 1962)
*Sydney Goodsir Smith
*Tobias Smollett (1721–1771), novelist
*William Soutar
*Muriel Spark (born 1918), novelist ("The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie")
*D. E. Stevenson (1892–1973), novelist
*Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–1894), novelist, poet and travel writer
*Mary Stewart
*Annie S Swan


*Robert Tannahill (1774–1810), poet
*Alasdair and Hettie Tayler, historians
*Josephine Tey (1896–1952), mystery writer
*May Miles Thomas (born 1959), screenwriter
*Derick Thomson
*James Thomson ("The Seasons") (1700-1748)
*James Thomson (B.V.) (1834-1882)
*Jeff Torrington (born 1935), novelist
*Nigel Tranter (1909–2000), wrote over 100 books covering non-fiction (history, architecture, Scotland), children's books, and novels (historical, contemporary adventure and westerns)
*Alexander Trocchi (1925–1984), novelist and cultural activist
*Alexander Fraser Tytler (1747–1813), lawyer and writer
*Patrick Fraser Tytler (1791–1849), historian


*Sir Thomas Urquhart (1611–1660), writer and translator
*Alan Warner (born 1964)
*Molly Weir (1910–2004)
*Tom Weir (1914–2006)
*Irvine Welsh (born 1961), novelist ("Trainspotting")
*John Wilson (Christopher North)

ee also

*List of Scottish novelists
*Scottish literature
*Lists of writers

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