The Scots have an ancient oral tradition of song and story, as well a high literacy and keenness for education. Not surprisingly, Scotland has a large number of world-renowned authors.
Robert Burns is the National Poet of Scotland. His life is celebrated all around the world every January with the Burn’s Supper. Auld Lang Syne is sung every New Year’s Eve.
Robert Louis Stevenson is the author of Treasure Island, Kidnapped, charming Childhood Versus, and much more.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is one of Edinburgh’s best mystery writers basing the character of Sherlock Holmes on the physician Bell in the School of Medicine.
Sir J. M. Barrie – Author of the immortal Peter Pan.
Kenneth Grahame – Author of classic children’s tale The Wind in the Willows.
George MacDonald – 19th century romance for adults and wonderful fairy tales for children his works greatly influenced C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien.
Muriel Spark – The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie was unforgettably performed by Maggie Smith in the film version.
John Buchan – Writing in the first half of the 20th century, his most famous book is the spy novel The 39 Steps.
James Boswell – Chronicled the life of Samuel Johnson and their unforgettable journey through the Scottish Highlands.
James Herriot – Born in Scotland, his stories of veterinary practice in Northern England delight and enrich.
Additional Scottish Authors
Lewis Grassic Gibbon
George Mackay Brown
Tobias George Smollet
Richard K Morgan
Alexander McCall Smith
Iain Crichton Smith
Bruce A. McAndrew
T. C. Smout
Christopher A. Whatley
Edwin Morgan (Makar)