100 Notable alumni of
University of St Andrews

The University of St Andrews is 230th in the world, 76th in Europe, and 15th in the United Kingdom by aggregated alumni prominence. Below is the list of 100 notable alumni from the University of St Andrews sorted by their wiki pages popularity. The directory includes famous graduates and former students along with research and academic staff. 5 individuals affiliated with the University of St Andrews won Nobel Prizes in Chemistry and Physiology or Medicine.

  1. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge

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    Prince William, Duke of Cambridge
    Born in
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    Years
    1982-.. (age 39)
    Enrolled in the University of St Andrews
    2001-2005 graduated with Master of Arts in geography
    Occupations
    aircraft pilotpolo playerhelicopter pilotaristocratphilanthropist
    Biography

    Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, KG, KT, PC, ADC is a member of the British royal family. He is the elder son of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Diana, Princess of Wales. Since birth, he has been second in the line of succession to the British throne.

  2. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

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    Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
    Born in
    United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom
    Years
    1982-.. (age 39)
    Enrolled in the University of St Andrews
    In 2005 graduated with Master of Arts in history of art
    Occupations
    aristocratbusinesspersonsocialitephilanthropist
    Biography

    Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, is a member of the British royal family. Her husband, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, is second in the line of succession to the British throne, making Catherine a likely future queen consort.

  3. Jonathan Taylor Thomas

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    Jonathan Taylor Thomas
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1981-.. (age 40)
    Occupations
    actortelevision actorfilm actorvoice actorfilm producer
    Biography

    Jonathan Taylor Thomas is an American actor and director. He is known for portraying Randy Taylor on Home Improvement and voicing young Simba in Disney's 1994 film The Lion King and Pinocchio in New Line Cinema's 1996 film The Adventures of Pinocchio.

  4. Ian McDiarmid

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    Ian McDiarmid
    Born in
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    1944-.. (age 77)
    Occupations
    stage actorfilm actorfilm directortelevision actortheatrical director
    Biography

    Ian McDiarmid is a Scottish actor and director of stage and screen, best known for portraying Emperor Palpatine in the Star Wars film series. Making his stage debut in Hamlet in 1972, McDiarmid joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1974, and has since starred in a number of Shakespeare's plays. He has received an Olivier Award for Best Actor and a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his stage performances.

  5. Jean-Paul Marat

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    Jean-Paul Marat
    Born in
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    1743-1793 (aged 50)
    Occupations
    politicianjournalistphysician
    Biography

    Jean-Paul Marat was a French political theorist, physician and scientist. He was a journalist and politician during the French Revolution. He was a vigorous defender of the sans-culottes, a radical voice and published his views in pamphlets, placards and newspapers. His periodical L'Ami du peuple (Friend of the People) made him an unofficial link with the radical Jacobin group that came to power after June 1793.

  6. Edward Jenner

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    Edward Jenner
    Born in
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    1749-1823 (aged 74)
    Occupations
    physiciannaturalistbiologistscientist
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    Edward Jenner, was an English physician and scientist who pioneered the concept of vaccines including creating the smallpox vaccine, the world's first vaccine. The terms vaccine and vaccination are derived from Variolae vaccinae (smallpox of the cow), the term devised by Jenner to denote cowpox. He used it in 1798 in the long title of his Inquiry into the Variolae vaccinae known as the Cow Pox, in which he described the protective effect of cowpox against smallpox.

  7. Olivier Sarkozy

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    Olivier Sarkozy
    Born in
    France Flag France
    Years
    1969-.. (age 52)
    Occupations
    bankerbusinessperson
    Biography

    Pierre Olivier Sarkozy is a French banker based in the United States. His half-brother is Nicolas Sarkozy, the former President of France.

  8. John Knox

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    John Knox
    Born in
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    Years
    1514-1572 (aged 58)
    Occupations
    theologianministerwriterpolitician
    Biography

    John Knox was a Scottish minister, theologian, and writer who was a leader of the country's Reformation. He was the founder of the Presbyterian Church of Scotland.

  9. John Napier

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    John Napier
    Born in
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    1550-1617 (aged 67)
    Occupations
    theologianmathematicianastronomerphysicistinventor
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    John Napier of Merchiston, nicknamed Marvellous Merchiston, was a Scottish landowner known as a mathematician, physicist, and astronomer. He was the 8th Laird of Merchiston. His Latinized name was Ioannes Neper.

  10. Fiona Hill

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    Fiona Hill
    Born in
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    Years
    1965-.. (age 56)
    Enrolled in the University of St Andrews
    In 1989 graduated with Master of Arts
    Occupations
    political scientist
    Biography

    Fiona Hill is a British-American foreign affairs specialist and academic. She is a former official at the U.S. National Security Council specializing in Russian and European affairs. She was a witness in the November 2019 House hearings regarding the impeachment inquiry during the first impeachment of Donald Trump. She was awarded her Ph.D. in history from Harvard University and currently serves as a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington.

  11. Alex Salmond

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    Alex Salmond
    Born in
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    1954-.. (age 67)
    Enrolled in the University of St Andrews
    Graduated with Master of Arts
    Occupations
    economistpolitician
    Biography

    Alexander Elliot Anderson Salmond is a Scottish politician who served as First Minister of Scotland from 2007 to 2014, currently serving as leader of the Alba Party since 26 March 2021. He was previously the leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP), serving two terms, from 1990 to 2000 and from 2004 to 2014. He was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Banff and Buchan from 1987 to 2010, when he stood down to focus on his role as First Minister, and then for Gordon from 2015 to 2017. Salmond was the Depute Leader of the SNP from 1987 to 1990 and was a Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) from 1999 to 2001 and 2007 to 2016.

  12. James II of Scotland

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    James II of Scotland
    Born in
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    Years
    1430-1460 (aged 30)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    James II was King of Scots from 1437 until his death.

  13. Louise Minchin

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    Louise Minchin
    Years
    1968-.. (age 53)
    Occupations
    journalisttelevision presenternews presenter
    Biography

    Louise Mary Minchin is a British journalist and news presenter who currently works freelance within the BBC.

  14. James A. Michener

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    James A. Michener
    Born in
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    Years
    1907-1997 (aged 90)
    Occupations
    writermilitary officernovelistscreenwriterautobiographer
    Biography

    James Albert Michener was an American author. He wrote more than 40 books, most of which were lengthy, fictional family sagas covering the lives of many generations in particular geographic locales and incorporating detailed history. Michener had numerous bestsellers and works selected by the Book of the Month Club, and was known for his meticulous research behind the books.

  15. Michael Fallon

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    Michael Fallon
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    United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom
    Years
    1952-.. (age 69)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Sir Michael Cathel Fallon is a British politician who served as Secretary of State for Defence from 2014 to 2017. A member of the Conservative Party, Fallon served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Sevenoaks from 1997 to 2019, having previously served as the MP for Darlington from 1983 to 1992.

  16. Alastair Reynolds

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    Alastair Reynolds
    Born in
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    Years
    1966-.. (age 55)
    Occupations
    astrophysicistwriterscience fiction writer
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    Alastair Preston Reynolds is a British science fiction author. He specialises in hard science fiction and space opera. He spent his early years in Cornwall, moved back to Wales before going to Newcastle University, where he read physics and astronomy. Afterwards, he earned a PhD in astrophysics from the University of St Andrews. In 1991, he moved to Noordwijk in the Netherlands where he met his wife Josette (who is from France). There, he worked for the European Space Research and Technology Centre (part of the European Space Agency) until 2004 when he left to pursue writing full-time. He returned to Wales in 2008 and lives near Cardiff.

  17. Barry Gardiner

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    Barry Gardiner
    Born in
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    Years
    1957-.. (age 64)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Barry Strachan Gardiner is a British politician who served as Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change and Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade from 2016 to 2020. A member of the Labour Party, he has been Member of Parliament (MP) for Brent North since 1997.

  18. Philippe Cousteau Jr

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    Philippe Cousteau Jr
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    Years
    1980-.. (age 41)
    Occupations
    explorerconservationist
    Biography

    Philippe-Pierre Jacques-Yves Arnault Cousteau Jr. is an American oceanographer and environmental activist, the son of Philippe Cousteau and the grandson of Jacques Cousteau. Cousteau has continued the work of his father and grandfather by educating the public about environmental and conservation issues. In 2017, he received an Emmy nomination for hosting the syndicated science series Awesome Planet.

  19. Russell Kirk

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    Russell Kirk
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1918-1994 (aged 76)
    Occupations
    political scientistphilosopherliterary critichistoriannovelist
    Biography

    Russell Amos Kirk was an American political theorist, moralist, historian, social critic, and literary critic, known for his influence on 20th-century American conservatism. His 1953 book The Conservative Mind gave shape to the postwar conservative movement in the U.S. It traced the development of conservative thought in the Anglo-American tradition, giving special importance to the ideas of Edmund Burke. Kirk was considered the chief proponent of traditionalist conservatism. He was also an accomplished author of Gothic and ghost story fiction.

  20. Lily Nicksay

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    Lily Nicksay
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1988-.. (age 33)
    Occupations
    actortelevision actor
    Biography

    Lily Nicksay is an American actress. She is known for originating the role of Morgan Matthews, Cory's little sister, in the first two seasons of Boy Meets World. She reprised the role for the season 3 finale of Girl Meets World.

  21. John Campbell, 9th Duke of Argyll

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    John Campbell, 9th Duke of Argyll
    Born in
    United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom
    Years
    1845-1914 (aged 69)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    John George Edward Henry Douglas Sutherland Campbell, 9th Duke of Argyll, KG, KT, GCMG, GCVO, VD, PC, usually better known by the courtesy title Marquess of Lorne, by which he was known between 1847 and 1900, was a British nobleman who was Governor General of Canada from 1878 to 1883. he was the husband of Princess Louise, fourth daughter of Queen Victoria. He was the first President of "The Rangers Football Club", thanks to his Argyllshire ties to the original founders of the football club.

  22. Christopher Chope

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    Christopher Chope
    Born in
    United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom
    Years
    1947-.. (age 74)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Sir Christopher Robert Chope is a British barrister and Conservative Party politician. He is the Member of Parliament (MP) for Christchurch. Chope was first elected in 1983 for Southampton Itchen, but lost this seat in 1992 to Labour. He returned to Parliament in 1997 and has remained an MP ever since. A Brexit advocate, he has been supportive of Leave Means Leave, a Eurosceptic pressure group.

  23. Bertie Charles Forbes

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    Bertie Charles Forbes
    Born in
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    Years
    1880-1954 (aged 74)
    Occupations
    journalistentrepreneurwritereditorpublisher
    Biography

    Bertie Charles Forbes was a Scottish-American financial journalist and author who founded Forbes magazine.

  24. Mark Sedwill

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    Mark Sedwill
    Born in
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    Years
    1964-.. (age 57)
    Occupations
    diplomat
    Biography

    Mark Philip Sedwill, Baron Sedwill is a British diplomat and senior civil servant who served as Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Home Civil Service to Prime Ministers Theresa May and Boris Johnson from 2018 to 2020. He also served as the United Kingdom National Security Adviser from 2017 to 2020. He was previously the United Kingdom's Ambassador to Afghanistan from 2009 to 2010 and the NATO Senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan in 2010. He was the Permanent Secretary at the Home Office from February 2013 to April 2017.

  25. Thomas Bruce, 7th Earl of Elgin

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    Thomas Bruce, 7th Earl of Elgin
    Born in
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    Years
    1766-1841 (aged 75)
    Occupations
    diplomat
    Biography

    Thomas Bruce, 7th Earl of Elgin and 11th Earl of Kincardine was a Scottish nobleman, soldier, politician and diplomat, known primarily for the removal of marble sculptures (known as the Elgin Marbles) from the Parthenon in Athens.

  26. Andrew Lang

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    Andrew Lang
    Born in
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    Years
    1844-1912 (aged 68)
    Occupations
    poetwriterhistoriantranslatorjournalist
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    Andrew Lang was a Scottish poet, novelist, literary critic, and contributor to the field of anthropology. He is best known as a collector of folk and fairy tales. The Andrew Lang lectures at the University of St Andrews are named after him.

  27. Danny Blanchflower

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    Danny Blanchflower
    Born in
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    Years
    1926-1993 (aged 67)
    Occupations
    association football playerjournalistassociation football managersports commentator
    Biography

    Robert Dennis "Danny" Blanchflower was a Northern Irish footballer who played for and captained Tottenham Hotspur, most notably during its double-winning season of 1960–61. He was ranked as the greatest player ever in Spurs history by The Times in 2009.

  28. Desmond Swayne

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    Desmond Swayne
    Born in
    Switzerland Flag Switzerland
    Years
    1956-.. (age 65)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Sir Desmond Angus Swayne is a British Conservative politician serving as the Member of Parliament for the constituency of New Forest West since 1997.

  29. James Graham, 1st Marquess of Montrose

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    James Graham, 1st Marquess of Montrose
    Born in
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    Years
    1612-1650 (aged 38)
    Occupations
    poetwritermilitary officerpolitician
    Biography

    James Graham, 1st Marquess of Montrose was a Scottish nobleman, poet and soldier, lord lieutenant and later viceroy and captain general of Scotland. Montrose initially joined the Covenanters in the Wars of the Three Kingdoms, but subsequently supported King Charles I as the English Civil War developed. From 1644 to 1646, and again in 1650, he fought in the civil war in Scotland on behalf of the King. He is referred to as the Great Montrose.

  30. Fay Weldon

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    Fay Weldon
    Born in
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    Years
    1931-.. (age 90)
    Occupations
    essayistnovelistwriterfeministscreenwriter
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    Fay Weldon CBE, FRSL is an English author, essayist and playwright.

  31. Thomas Bowdler

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    Thomas Bowdler
    Born in
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    Years
    1754-1825 (aged 71)
    Occupations
    physicianchess playerwriterliterary editor
    Biography

    Thomas Bowdler, LRCP, FRS was an English physician known for publishing The Family Shakespeare, an expurgated edition of William Shakespeare's plays edited by his sister Henrietta Maria Bowdler. It sought to provide a version more appropriate than the original for 19th-century women and children. Bowdler also published works reflecting his interest in and knowledge of continental Europe. His last work was an expurgated version of Edward Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, published posthumously in 1826 under the supervision of his nephew and biographer, Thomas Bowdler the Younger. The verb bowdlerize links his name with expurgation or omission of elements deemed unsuited for children, in literature, in films and on television.

  32. Adam Ferguson

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    Adam Ferguson
    Born in
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    Years
    1723-1816 (aged 93)
    Occupations
    philosopherlibrarianhistoriansoldieressayist
    Biography

    Adam Ferguson, FRSE, also known as Ferguson of Raith (1 July N.S./20 June O.S. 1723 – 22 February 1816), was a Scottish philosopher and historian of the Scottish Enlightenment.

  33. David Nott

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    David Nott
    Born in
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    Years
    1956-.. (age 65)
    Occupations
    surgeon
    Biography

    David Malcolm Nott is a Welsh consultant surgeon who works mainly in London hospitals as a general and vascular surgeon, but also volunteers to work in disaster and war zones. Having recognised that training others could greatly increase his capacity to help, Nott established the David Nott Foundation, along with his wife Elly, to organise training in emergency surgery for others working in war and disaster zones. He has been honoured for this dangerous work and is now often styled the "Indiana Jones of surgery".

  34. James Black

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    James Black
    Awards
    Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1988
    Born in
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    Years
    1924-2010 (aged 86)
    Occupations
    physicianpharmacologistpharmacistinventorcardiologist
    Biography

    Sir James Whyte Black was a Scottish physician and pharmacologist. Black established a Veterinary Physiology department at the University of Glasgow, where he became interested in the effects of adrenaline on the human heart. He went to work for ICI Pharmaceuticals in 1958 and, while there, developed propranolol, a beta blocker used for the treatment of heart disease. Black was also responsible for the development of cimetidine, an H2 receptor antagonist, a drug used to treat stomach ulcers. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1988 for work leading to the development of propranolol and cimetidine.

  35. Hugo Swire

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    Hugo Swire
    Born in
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    Years
    1959-.. (age 62)
    Occupations
    politicianauctioneer
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    Sir Hugo George William Swire is a British politician who served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for East Devon from 2001 until 2019. A member of the Conservative Party, he has had several ministerial roles, most recently as Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, a role he held until July 2016. Swire is currently the Deputy Chairman of the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council. He retired at the 2019 general election.

  36. James Gregory

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    James Gregory
    Born in
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    1638-1675 (aged 37)
    Occupations
    mathematicianastronomerinventoruniversity teacherwriter
    Biography

    James Gregory FRS was a Scottish mathematician and astronomer. His surname is sometimes spelled as Gregorie, the original Scottish spelling. He described an early practical design for the reflecting telescope – the Gregorian telescope – and made advances in trigonometry, discovering infinite series representations for several trigonometric functions.

  37. John Hutton Balfour

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    John Hutton Balfour
    Born in
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    Years
    1808-1884 (aged 76)
    Occupations
    botanistbryologistuniversity teachersurgeon
    Biography

    John Hutton Balfour was a Scottish botanist. Balfour became a Professor of Botany, first at the University of Glasgow in 1841, moving to the University of Edinburgh and also becoming the 7th Regius Keeper of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and Her Majesty's Botanist in 1845. He held these posts until his retirement in 1879. He was nicknamed Woody Fibre.

  38. Michael Victor Berry

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    Michael Victor Berry
    Born in
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    Years
    1941-.. (age 80)
    Occupations
    mathematiciantheoretical physicistscreenwriteruniversity teacher
    Biography

    Sir Michael Victor Berry, FRS, FRSE, FRSA, is a mathematical physicist at the University of Bristol, England.

  39. Liz Mair

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    Liz Mair
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    Years
    1978-.. (age 43)
    Occupations
    political adviser
    Biography

    Elizabeth Mair is an American political and communications consultant. She has worked as a journalist and commentator. She was the Online Communications Director at the 2008 Republican National Committee and has been a political strategist for a number of Republicans.

  40. James Wilson

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    James Wilson
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    Years
    1742-1798 (aged 56)
    Occupations
    judgepolitician
    Biography

    James Wilson was a Scottish-American statesmen, politician, legal scholar, and Founding Father who served as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court from 1789 to 1798. He was elected twice to the Continental Congress, was a signatory of the United States Declaration of Independence, and was a major force in drafting the United States Constitution. A leading legal theorist, he was one of the six original justices appointed by George Washington to the Supreme Court of the United States. In his capacity as first Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania, he taught the first course on the new Constitution to President Washington and his cabinet in 1789 and 1790.

  41. George Buchanan

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    George Buchanan
    Born in
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    Years
    1506-1582 (aged 76)
    Occupations
    linguistpoethistoriantranslatorplaywright
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    George Buchanan was a Scottish historian and humanist scholar. According to historian Keith Brown, Buchanan was "the most profound intellectual sixteenth century Scotland produced." His ideology of resistance to royal usurpation gained widespread acceptance during the Scottish Reformation. Brown says the ease with which King James VII was deposed in 1689 shows the power of Buchananite ideas.

  42. Colleen Bell

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    Colleen Bell
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    Years
    1967-.. (age 54)
    Occupations
    television producerphilanthropist
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    Colleen Bradley Bell was appointed Director of the California Film Commission by Governor Gavin Newsom on May 23, 2019. She is an American television producer known for her work on the soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful and for her involvement in various social issues. She was appointed United States Ambassador to Hungary by United States President Barack Obama and took office on January 21, 2015.

  43. Michelle Duncan

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    Michelle Duncan
    Born in
    United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom
    Years
    1978-.. (age 43)
    Occupations
    actorstage actorfilm actor
    Biography

    Michelle Duncan is a Scottish actress, known for Driving Lessons (2006), Atonement (2007) and The Broken (2008). She portrayed Shelley Stern in the biographical drama film Bohemian Rhapsody (2018).

  44. Gillian Baverstock

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    Gillian Baverstock
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    Years
    1931-2007 (aged 76)
    Occupations
    writer
    Biography

    Gillian Mary Baverstock was a British author and elder daughter of English novelist Enid Blyton and her first husband, Hugh Pollock. She wrote and spoke to audiences and the media extensively about her mother as well as her own childhood and life.

  45. John Arbuthnot

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    John Arbuthnot
    Born in
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    Years
    1667-1735 (aged 68)
    Occupations
    mathematicianwritercomposerphysician
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    John Arbuthnot FRS, often known simply as Dr Arbuthnot, was a Scottish physician, satirist and polymath in London. He is best remembered for his contributions to mathematics, his membership in the Scriblerus Club (where he inspired both Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels book III and Alexander Pope's Peri Bathous, Or the Art of Sinking in Poetry, Memoirs of Martin Scriblerus, and possibly The Dunciad), and for inventing the figure of John Bull.

  46. Thomas Chalmers

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    Thomas Chalmers
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    Years
    1780-1847 (aged 67)
    Occupations
    mathematiciantheologianwriteruniversity teachereconomist
    Biography

    Thomas Chalmers, was a Scottish minister, professor of theology, political economist, and a leader of both the Church of Scotland and of the Free Church of Scotland. He has been called "Scotland's greatest nineteenth-century churchman".

  47. Lord Colin Campbell

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    Lord Colin Campbell
    Years
    1853-1895 (aged 42)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Lord Colin Campbell was a Scottish Liberal politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1878 to 1885.

  48. Archibald Campbell, 1st Marquess of Argyll

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    Archibald Campbell, 1st Marquess of Argyll
    Years
    1607-1661 (aged 54)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Archibald Campbell, 1st Marquess of Argyll, 8th Earl of Argyll, Chief of Clan Campbell was a Scottish nobleman, politician, and peer. The de facto head of Scotland's government during most of the conflict of the 1640s and 50s known as the Wars of the Three Kingdoms, he was a major figure in the Covenanter movement that fought for the maintenance of the Presbyterian religion against the Stuart monarchy's attempts to impose episcopacy. He is often remembered as the principal opponent of the royalist general James Graham, 1st Marquess of Montrose.

  49. John Graham, 1st Viscount Dundee

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    John Graham, 1st Viscount Dundee
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    Years
    1648-1689 (aged 41)
    Occupations
    politician
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    John Graham of Claverhouse, 1st Viscount Dundee, known as the 7th Laird of Claverhouse until raised to the viscountcy in 1688, was a Scottish soldier and nobleman, a Tory and an Episcopalian. Claverhouse was responsible for policing south-west Scotland during and after the religious unrest and rebellion of the 1670s/80s.

  50. Stephen Doughty

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    Stephen Doughty
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    Years
    1980-.. (age 41)
    Occupations
    politicianreportercolumnist
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    Stephen John Doughty is a Welsh Labour and Co-operative Party politician who has been Member of Parliament (MP) for Cardiff South and Penarth since 2012. He has been Shadow Africa Minister since April 2020, having previously served in the role from October 2015 until January 2016.

  51. Dougal Dixon

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    Dougal Dixon
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    Years
    1947-.. (age 74)
    Occupations
    paleontologistscience fiction writerchildren's writer
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    Dougal Dixon is a Scottish palaeontologist, geologist, educator and author. As a science writer, Dixon has written more than 210 books, most of them about dinosaurs. These dinosaur books, many of them for children, have been credited with attracting many to the study of the prehistoric animals and have won Dixon several awards.

  52. William Dunbar

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    William Dunbar
    Born in
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    Years
    1460-1520 (aged 60)
    Occupations
    poetCatholic priest
    Biography

    William Dunbar was a Scottish makar poet active in the late fifteenth century and the early sixteenth century. He was closely associated with the court of King James IV and produced a large body of work in Scots distinguished by its great variation in themes and literary styles. He was likely a native of East Lothian, as assumed from a satirical reference in The Flyting of Dumbar and Kennedie. His surname is also spelt Dumbar.

  53. Helen Bannerman

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    Helen Bannerman
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    Years
    1862-1946 (aged 84)
    Occupations
    writerauthorchildren's writerillustrator
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    Helen Brodie Cowan Bannerman was a Scottish author of children's books. She is best known for her first book, Little Black Sambo (1899).

  54. David Kurten

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    David Kurten
    Born in
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    Years
    1971-.. (age 50)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    David Michael Kurten is a British politician who was a member of the London Assembly from 2016 to 2021. Elected as a UK Independence Party (UKIP) candidate, he subsequently left the party in January 2020. He is the registered leader of the Heritage Party and characterises himself as a social conservative.

  55. John Playfair

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    John Playfair
    Born in
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    Years
    1748-1819 (aged 71)
    Occupations
    mathematiciangeologistphysicist
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    John Playfair FRSE, FRS was a Church of Scotland minister, remembered as a scientist and mathematician, and a professor of natural philosophy at the University of Edinburgh. He is best known for his book Illustrations of the Huttonian Theory of the Earth (1802), which summarised the work of James Hutton. It was through this book that Hutton's principle of uniformitarianism, later taken up by Charles Lyell, first reached a wide audience. Playfair's textbook Elements of Geometry made a brief expression of Euclid's parallel postulate known now as Playfair's axiom.

  56. Patrick Hamilton

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    Patrick Hamilton was a Scottish churchman and an early Protestant Reformer in Scotland. He travelled to Europe, where he met several of the leading reformed thinkers, before returning to Scotland to preach. He was tried as a heretic by Archbishop James Beaton, found guilty and handed over to secular authorities to be burnt at the stake in St Andrews.

  57. David Jackson

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    1947-.. (age 74)
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    composersaxophonist
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    David Nicholas George Jackson, nicknamed Jaxon, is an English progressive rock saxophonist, flautist, and composer. He is best known for his work with the band Van der Graaf Generator and his work in Music and Disability. He has also worked with Peter Gabriel, Keith Tippett, Osanna, Judge Smith, David Cross and others.

  58. David Beaton

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    1494-1546 (aged 52)
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    David Beaton was Archbishop of St Andrews and the last Scottish Cardinal prior to the Reformation.

  59. George Mackenzie

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    1636-1691 (aged 55)
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    Sir George Mackenzie of Rosehaugh was a Scottish lawyer, Lord Advocate, essayist and legal writer.

  60. Alexander Duff

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    1806-1878 (aged 72)
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    missionarytheologian
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    Very Rev Dr Alexander Duff, was a Christian missionary in India; where he played a large part in the development of higher education. He was a Moderator and Convenor of the Church of Scotland and an unashamed scientific liberal reformer of anglicized evangelism across the Empire. He was the first overseas missionary of the Church of Scotland to India. On 13 July 1830 he founded the General Assembly's Institution in Calcutta, now known as the Scottish Church College. He also played a part in establishing the University of Calcutta. He was twice Moderator of the Free Church of Scotland in 1851 and 1873, the only person to serve the role twice.

  61. John Scott Russell

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    1808-1882 (aged 74)
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    civil engineermilitary engineer
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    John Scott Russell FRSE FRS FRSA was a Scottish civil engineer, naval architect and shipbuilder who built Great Eastern in collaboration with Isambard Kingdom Brunel. He made the discovery of the wave of translation that gave birth to the modern study of solitons, and developed the wave-line system of ship construction.

  62. Barbara Woodward

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    1961-.. (age 60)
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    diplomat
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    Dame Barbara Janet Woodward is a British diplomat and China expert. She is the current Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the United Nations, having previously served as British Ambassador to China from 2015 to 2020, the first woman to hold that position.

  63. Andrew Mackenzie

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    1956-.. (age 65)
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    entrepreneurchief executive officergeologist
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    Sir Andrew Stewart Mackenzie FRS is a Scottish businessman, and a former CEO of BHP Billiton, the world's largest mining company. He succeeded Marius Kloppers, on 10 May 2013, and was succeeded by Mike Henry, at the start of 2020.

  64. Jay Parini

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    1948-.. (age 73)
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    poetwriterliterary criticuniversity teacher
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    Jay Parini is an American writer and academic. He is known for novels, poetry, biography, screenplays and criticism. He has published novels about Leo Tolstoy, Walter Benjamin, Paul the Apostle, and Herman Melville.

  65. John Hamilton-Gordon, 1st Marquess of Aberdeen and Temair

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    1847-1934 (aged 87)
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    politician
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    John Campbell Hamilton-Gordon, 1st Marquess of Aberdeen and Temair, KT, KP, GCMG, GCVO, PC, known as The 7th Earl of Aberdeen from 1870 to 1916, was a Scottish politician. Born in Edinburgh, Lord Aberdeen held office in several countries, serving twice as Lord Lieutenant of Ireland (1886; 1905–1915) and serving from 1893 to 1898 as Governor General of Canada.

  66. Thomas Thomson

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    1773-1852 (aged 79)
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    chemistuniversity teacher
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    Thomas Thomson was a Scottish chemist and mineralogist whose writings contributed to the early spread of Dalton's atomic theory. His scientific accomplishments include the invention of the saccharometer and he gave silicon its current name. He served as president of the Philosophical Society of Glasgow.

  67. Malcolm Bruce

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    1944-.. (age 77)
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    politician
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    Malcolm Gray Bruce, Baron Bruce of Bennachie, is a British Liberal Democrat politician.

  68. William Bruce

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    1630-1710 (aged 80)
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    architect
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    Sir William Bruce of Kinross, 1st Baronet, was a Scottish gentleman-architect, "the effective founder of classical architecture in Scotland," as Howard Colvin observes. As a key figure in introducing the Palladian style into Scotland, he has been compared to the pioneering English architects Inigo Jones and Christopher Wren, and to the contemporaneous introducers of French style in English domestic architecture, Hugh May and Sir Roger Pratt.

  69. James Bowman Lindsay

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    1799-1862 (aged 63)
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    physicistastronomerengineer
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    James Bowman Lindsay was a Scottish inventor and author. He is credited with early developments in several fields, such as incandescent lighting and telegraphy.

  70. Robert Fergusson

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    1750-1774 (aged 24)
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    poetwriter
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    Robert Fergusson was a Scottish poet. After formal education at the University of St Andrews, Fergusson led a bohemian life in Edinburgh, the city of his birth, then at the height of intellectual and cultural ferment as part of the Scottish enlightenment. Many of his extant poems were printed from 1771 onwards in Walter Ruddiman's Weekly Magazine, and a collected works was first published early in 1773. Despite a short life, his career was highly influential, especially through its impact on Robert Burns. He wrote both Scottish English and the Scots language, and it is his vivid and masterly writing in the latter leid for which he is principally acclaimed.

  71. Charles B. Macdonald

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    1855-1939 (aged 84)
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    landscape architectgolfer
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    Charles Blair Macdonald was a major figure in early American golf. He built the first 18-hole course in the United States, was a driving force in the founding of the United States Golf Association, won the first U.S. Amateur championship, and later built some of the most influential golf courses in the United States, to the extent that he is considered the father of American golf course architecture. He is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame.

  72. Ian Duncan

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    1973-.. (age 48)
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    Ian James Duncan, Baron Duncan of Springbank is a Scottish politician serving as a Deputy Speaker in the House of Lords. A member of the Conservative Party, was formerly Minister for Climate Change in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and minister in the Northern Ireland Office. He initially joined the UK Government as a Scotland Office minister following the 2017 UK general election. Duncan was a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for Scotland from 2014 to 2017. He is the only minister to have served in each of the UK Government's territorial offices.

  73. Hugh Blair

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    1718-1800 (aged 82)
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    philosopherliterary critic
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    Hugh Blair was a Scottish minister of religion, author and rhetorician, considered one of the first great theorists of written discourse.

  74. Bruce Marshall

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    1899-1987 (aged 88)
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    writer
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    Lieutenant-Colonel Claude Cunningham Bruce Marshall, known as Bruce Marshall was a prolific Scottish writer who wrote fiction and non-fiction books on a wide range of topics and genres. His first book, A Thief in the Night came out in 1918, possibly self-published. His last, An Account of Capers was published posthumously in 1988, a span of 70 years.

  75. Jamie Stone

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    1954-.. (age 67)
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    politician
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    James Hume Walter Miéville Stone is a Scottish Liberal Democrat politician from a family of cheese makers, representing the constituency of Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, since 2017 the northernmost mainland British constituency and one of the largest by area.

  76. Robert Henryson

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    1425-1506 (aged 81)
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    poet
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    Robert Henryson was a poet who flourished in Scotland in the period c. 1460–1500. Counted among the Scots makars, he lived in the royal burgh of Dunfermline and is a distinctive voice in the Northern Renaissance at a time when the culture was on a cusp between medieval and renaissance sensibilities. Little is known of his life, but evidence suggests that he was a teacher who had training in law and the humanities, that he had a connection with Dunfermline Abbey and that he may also have been associated for a period with Glasgow University. His poetry was composed in Middle Scots at a time when this was the state language. His writing consists mainly of narrative works. His surviving body of work amounts to almost 5000 lines.

  77. Narendra Patel, Baron Patel

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    1938-.. (age 83)
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    politicianobstetrician
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    Narendra Babubhai Patel, Baron Patel, KT, FMedSci, FRSE is a Tanzanian-British obstetrician and cross bench peer, and a former Chancellor of the University of Dundee.

  78. Hector Boece

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    1465-1536 (aged 71)
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    historianphilosopherwriterteacher
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    Hector Boece, known in Latin as Hector Boecius or Boethius, was a Scottish philosopher and historian, and the first Principal of King's College in Aberdeen, a predecessor of the University of Aberdeen.

  79. William Maitland of Lethington

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    1525-1573 (aged 48)
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    diplomatpolitician
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    William Maitland of Lethington was a Scottish politician and reformer, and the eldest son of poet Richard Maitland. He was educated at the University of St Andrews.

  80. John Murray, 1st Duke of Atholl

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    1660-1724 (aged 64)
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    politician
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    John Murray, 1st Duke of Atholl, KT, PC was a Scottish nobleman, politician, and soldier. He served in numerous positions during his life, and fought in the Glorious Revolution for William III and Mary II.

  81. John Jonston

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    1603-1675 (aged 72)
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    botanisthistorianentomologistphysicianornithologist
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    John Jonston was a Polish scholar and physician, descended from Scottish nobility and closely associated with the Polish magnate Leszczyński family. The standard author abbreviation Jonst. is used to indicate this person as the author when citing a botanical name.

  82. Ian Diamond

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    1954-.. (age 67)
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    statistician
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    Sir Ian David Diamond is a British statistician, academic, and administrator, who served as Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Aberdeen until 2018. He became the UK's National Statistician in October 2019.

  83. Madsen Pirie

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    1940-.. (age 81)
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    philosophereconomist
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    Duncan Madsen Pirie is a British researcher and author. He is a co-founder and current President of the Adam Smith Institute, a UK neoliberal think tank which has been in operation since 1978.

  84. John MacGregor, Baron MacGregor of Pulham Market

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    1937-.. (age 84)
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    politicianmagician
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    John Roddick Russell MacGregor, Baron MacGregor of Pulham Market, OBE, PC, FKC, is a politician from the United Kingdom. A member of the Conservative Party, he was the Member of Parliament (MP) for South Norfolk from 1974 to 2001. He served in the Cabinet as Chief Secretary to the Treasury (1985-87), Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1987-89), Secretary of State for Education and Science (1989-90), Leader of the House of Commons and Lord President of the Council (1990-92), and Secretary of State for Transport (1992-94). He was made a life peer in 2001.

  85. Catherine Stihler

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    1973-.. (age 48)
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    researcherpolitician
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    Catherine Dalling Taylor Stihler is a Scottish former politician who is chief executive officer (CEO) of Creative Commons. A member of the Scottish Labour Party, she was a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for Scotland from 1999 to 2019.

  86. James Younger, 5th Viscount Younger of Leckie

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    1955-.. (age 66)
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    politician
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    James Younger, 5th Viscount Younger of Leckie, is an elected hereditary peer who sits on the Conservative benches in the House of Lords.

  87. Peter Comensoli

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    1964-.. (age 57)
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    Catholic priest
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    Peter Andrew Comensoli is an Australian prelate of the Catholic Church, who was named the ninth Archbishop of Melbourne on 29 June 2018. He had been serving as the third Bishop of Broken Bay in New South Wales from December 2014. From 2011 to 2014 he was an auxiliary bishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney.

  88. James Crichton

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    1560-1582 (aged 22)
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    linguistfencermathematician
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    James Crichton, known as the Admirable Crichton, was a Scottish polymath noted for his extraordinary accomplishments in languages, the arts, and sciences before he was murdered at the age of 21.

  89. Marco Biagi

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    1982-.. (age 39)
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    politician
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    Marco Biagi is a former Scottish National Party (SNP) politician. He served as the Minister for Local Government and Community Empowerment from 2014 to 2016, and as the Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for Edinburgh Central from 2011 to 2016.

  90. John Leslie

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    1766-1832 (aged 66)
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    linguistmathematicianphysicisttranslatorteacher
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    Sir John Leslie, FRSE KH was a Scottish mathematician and physicist best remembered for his research into heat.

  91. The Pictish Trail

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    1981-.. (age 40)
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    musician
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    Johnny Lynch is a Scottish musician who performs under the pseudonym The Pictish Trail. After graduation from the University of St Andrews, Lynch ran Fence Records from 2003 until 2013 and has since been running Lost Map Records. Lynch has attended and played every Green Man Festival since its inception in 2003. He's also played as band member with other musicians, including James Yorkston and Malcolm Middleton. In 2010 he released an album and toured with Adem Ilhan under the name Silver Columns.

  92. Asha de Vos

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    1970s
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    biologist
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    Asha de Vos is a Sri Lankan marine biologist, ocean educator and pioneer of blue whale research within the northern Indian Ocean. She is known for her Blue Whale Project. She is a Senior TED Fellow and was chosen for a BBC 100 Women award in 2018.

  93. Zbigniew Pełczyński

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    1925-2021 (aged 96)
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    philosopher
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    Zbigniew Pełczyński was a Polish-British political philosopher and academic. He taught politics at Pembroke College, Oxford from 1957 to 1992, and was later an Emeritus Fellow of the college. Pełczyński was instrumental in providing opportunities for scholars from Poland and other post-communist countries to study at British universities, especially at Oxford and Cambridge.

  94. Gavin Douglas

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    1474-1522 (aged 48)
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    linguistpoettranslatorCatholic priest
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    Gavin Douglas was a Scottish bishop, makar and translator. Although he had an important political career, he is chiefly remembered for his poetry. His main pioneering achievement was the Eneados, a full and faithful vernacular translation of the Aeneid of Virgil into Scots, and the first successful example of its kind in any Anglic language. Other extant poetry of his includes Palice of Honour, and possibly King Hart.

  95. Calum Kerr

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    1972-.. (age 49)
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    politician
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    Calum Robert Kerr is a Scottish National Party politician who was the Member of Parliament for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk from 2015 to 2017. During his tenure in Parliament, he was the SNP's Environment and Rural Affairs spokesperson in the House of Commons.

  96. David Lyndsay

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    1490-1555 (aged 65)
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    poetjudgediplomatgenealogistwriter
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    Sir David Lyndsay of the Mount was a Scottish herald who gained the highest heraldic office of Lyon King of Arms. He remains a well regarded poet whose works reflect the spirit of the Renaissance, specifically as a makar.

  97. Edward Smyth-Osbourne

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    1964-.. (age 57)
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    military personnel
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    Lieutenant General Sir Edward Alexander Smyth-Osbourne is a senior British Army officer.

  98. Adam Bond

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    1981-.. (age 40)
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    actorfilm actortelevision actorstage actor
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    Adam Richardson Bond is a multi-ethnic, British-American actor and stage director. He began his career as a teenager as a film extra in Stanley Kubrick's final film, Eyes Wide Shut. He has had minor roles in films such as Green Zone, Legally Blonde, National Treasure: Book of Secrets and Inkheart. During spring 2016 and 2017, he has portrayed Jesus Christ for CNN's continuing docudrama series Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgery, in tandem with the Christian faith's observance of the Passion of Christ and Easter. He reprises this role in the 2019 Amazon Prime series Good Omens.

  99. Andrew Melville

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    1545-1622 (aged 77)
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    linguisttheologianuniversity teacherclassical scholar
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    Andrew Melville was a Scottish scholar, theologian, poet and religious reformer. His fame encouraged scholars from the European continent to study at Glasgow and St. Andrews.

  100. Jenny Marra

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    1977-.. (age 44)
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    politician
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    Jennifer Margaret Marra is a Scottish Labour Party politician who served as a Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for the North East Scotland region between 2011 and 2021.