A lot of the entries in here
come from the book "Biographical Dictionary of Eminent Scotsmen"
originally edited by Robert Chambers and then the new edition along with
the supplemental volume says by the Rev. Thos. Thomson. It was published
by Blackie and Son of Glasgow, Edinburgh, and London in 1856. Would also
like to recognise the work of Jeanette Simpson who has worked very hard to
type all this in for us.
Should you be able to
provide a brief biography of a Significant Scot that we don't list we'd be
delighted to receive it for inclusion in here. Simply email it to
Select the Surname Letter
of the person you are looking for and if you don't find the person then do also
use our site search engine at the top of the page.
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Here is a list of other web
pages where you can find out more about individual Scots...
Check out our Scots Women in History section
This includes the Ladies of the Covenant
This is a large 3 volume publication giving you information on names and
significant people of the name.
OR, The Lives of the Most eminent persons Who have flourished in Great
Britain and Ireland from the earliest Ages, down to the present Times.
Collected from the best Authorities, both Printed and Manufcript, And
digested in the Manner of Mr Bayle's Historical and Critical Dictionary.
Scottish-American History Club
Found this site while browsing on the web and it contains a number of newsletters
each of which profiles a Scots-American which make a very interesting read.
Pioneers in Medicine
A most interesting summary of Scots pioneers in medicine.
Scottish Technologists and Scientists
Here is a list of Scottish Technologists and Scientists
Engineering Hall of Fame [external link]
Lives of the
With an account of their principle works; comprising also a history of
inland communication in Britain by Samuel Smiles in three volumes.
Did you know that 61% of
American Presidents have a Scottish ethnic background?
out the Scots Independent's "Oliver Brown Award" winners
Memoirs and Portraits of One Hundred Glasgow Men
This is a collection held at Glasgow University
Celebrities of the Nineteenth Century
Being a series of Biographies of Distinguished or Noted Persons
connected by Birth, Residence, Official Appointment, or Otherwise, with
the Town of Dundee; and who have died during the present century.
Compiled by W. Norrie (1873)
Lives of Eminent
Men of Aberdeen
Compiled by W. Norrie (1873) (pdf)
Dundee Celebtities of the Nineteenth Century
By James Bruce (1890) (pdf)
The Book of
Eminent for Achievements in Arms and Arts, Church and State, Law,
Legislation, and Literature, Commerce, Science, Travel, and Philanthropy
by Joseph Irving (1880) (pdf)
Dictionary of National Biography
Is a standard work of reference on notable
figures from British history, published from 1885 [external link]
By Hugh MacDiarmid (1936) (pdf)
Portraits of the High
Officers and Professors of The University of Edinburgh
At its Tercentenary Festival Drawn and Etched by William Hole A.R.S.A.
Being Sketches historical, genealogical, and biographical 1178-1894 by
J, M, M'Bain (1897) (pdf)
Biographies of the People
By Various Writers and while not all Scotsmen they do include Scots Dr
John Abercrombie, James Hamilton, Sir James Young Simpson, George
Wishart and Robert Moffat (1800) (pdf)
By John Geddie (1900) (pdf)
Containing concise notices of eminent Persons of all ages and countries
and more particularly of distinguished natives of Great Britain and
Ireland by Thompson Cooper FSA (1873) (pdf)
Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Philosophers [External Link]
Dictionary of Scottish Architects
The Dictionary of Scottish Architects (DSA) is a database providing
biographical information and job lists for all architects known to have
worked in Scotland during the period 1660-1980, whether as principals,
assistants or apprentices. [External
Chancellors of Scotland
From the Institution of the Office to the Treaty of Union by Samuel
Cowan, J.P. in two volumes (1911)
During the XVIIth and XVIIIth centuries, selected from hitherto inedited
MSS by William Forbes Leith S. J. in two volumes. (1909)
Edited for the Woodrow Society, chiefly from Manuscripts of the Faculty
of Advocates by the Rev. W. K. Tweedie in two volumes (1845)
By Georgina Sime and Frank Nicholson (1952) (pdf)
Some Nineteenth Century Scotsmen
Being personal recollections by William Knight, Professor of Philosophy
in the University of St. Andrews (1908) (pdf)