A-Z of Writers


James Matthew Barrie was an Edinburgh-born novelist and playwright who is best known for his play Peter Pan, or The Boy who Wouldn’t Grow... Read more

John Barbour was a Scottish poet, sometimes called the father of Scottish poetry. He wrote in Scots, and is best known for epic poem The BrusRead more

John Buchan was a writer and a diplomat, eventually becoming the Governor General of Canada. He’s best known for The 39 Steps, one of hi... Read more


Marie Stopes is best known for her book on birth control, Married Love. She was a palaeobotanist, academic, eugenicist, a women’s rights... Read more

Muriel Spark was an award wining Scottish novelist. Born and educated in Edinburgh, Spark’s literary career spanned periods living in Britain, Ne... Read more


Robert Burns is regarded as Scotland’s national poet and lyricist, who authored poems ranging from the profound to the bawdy, and whose influ... Read more

Robert Fergusson was a brilliant Edinburgh-born poet, living and writing at the height of the Scottish Enlightenment. A huge influence on Robert Bu... Read more



Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born at Edinburgh’s Picardy Place in 1859, and is known as one of the city’s most celebrated authors. ... Read more

Sir Walter Scott was born in 1771 in Edinburgh. When he was very young he caught polio, and in 1774 he was sent to the Borders to live with his aun... Read more

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