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Alexander Scott c1525-c1585
Makaris Poet

  • 1568 - The Bannntyne Manuscript contains 35 of his poems
  • "The Justing and Debait up at the Drum betuix William Adamsone and Johine Sym"
  • 1562 - "Ane New Yeir Gift to Quene Mary"

Sir Walter Scott 1771-1832
Born in Edinburgh. Died in Abbotsford, Roxburgh
Novelist, Poet, Playwright, Editor, Journalist


    Plays
  • 1822 - "Halidon Hill"
  • 1823 - "Macduff's Cross"
  • 1830 - "The Ayrshire Tragedy"
    Poetry
  • 1802-03 -"Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border" - a collection of ballads
  • 1805 - "The Lay of the Last Minstrel"
  • 1810 - "The Lady of the Lake"
  • 1815 - "The Lord of the Isles"
    Novels
  • 1814 - "Waverley"
  • 1815 - "Guy Mannering"
  • 1816 - "Old Mortality", "The Antiquary"
  • 1818 - "The Heart of Midlothian", "Rob Roy"
  • 1819 - "Ivanhoe"
  • 1821 - "Kenilworth"
  • 1823 - "Quentin Durward"
  • 1824 - "Redgauntlet"
  • 1828 - "The Fair Maid of Perth"
    Other Works
  • 1818 - "Essays on Chivalry"
  • 1827 - "The Life of Napolean Buonaparte"
  • 1829-30 - "History of Scotland"
  • 1830 - "Essays on Ballad Poetry"

William Sharp ("Fiona MacLeod") 1855-1905
Born in Paisley. Died in Sicily
Novelist, Playwright, Poet, Biographer

  • 1886 - "Sonnets of This Century"
  • 1888 - "Sport of Chance"
  • 1891 - "Sospiri di Roma" - a collection of poems
  • 1894 - "Pharais" - written as "Fiona MacLeod"

Anna (Nan) Shepherd 1893-1981
Born in West Cults, Aberdeenshire. Died in Aberdeen
Novelist, Poet, Editor

  • 1928 - "The Quarry Wood"
  • 1930 - "The Weatherhouse"
  • 1933 - "A Pass In The Grampians"
  • 1934 - "In The Cairngorms" - a collection of poems
  • 1977 - "The Living Mountain"

Samuel Smiles 1812-1904
Born in Haddington. Died in London
Social Commentator, Journalist, Editor

  • 1859 - "Self-Help"
  • 1861-62 - "Lives of the Engineers" - 3 volumes
  • 1871 - "Character"
  • 1874 - "Lives of the Engineers" - enlarged edition to become 5 volumes
  • 1875 - "Thrift"
  • 1880 - "Duty"
  • 1905 - "Autobiography" - published posthumously

Sydney Goodsir Smith 1915-1975
Born in Wellington, New Zealand. Died in Edinburgh
Poet, Novelist, Playwright, Critic

  • 1941 - "Skail Wind"
  • 1943 - "The Wanderer and Other Poems"
  • 1946 - "The Deevil's Waltz"
  • 1947 - "Carotid Cornucopius", "Selected Poems"
  • 1948 - "Under the Eildon Tree"
  • 1951 - "The Aipple and the Hazel", "A Short Introduction to Scottish Literature"
  • 1952 - "So Late Into the Night"
  • 1953 - "Cokkils"
  • 1955 - "Omens", "Orpheus and Eurydice"
  • 1959 - "Figs and Thistles"
  • 1960 - "The Vision of the Prodigal Son", "The Wallace"
  • 1965 - "Kynd Kittock's Land"
  • 1966 - "A Choice of Burns's Poems and Songs"
  • 1969 - "Fifteen Poems and a Play"
  • 1974 - "Gowdspink in Reekie"
  • 1975 - "Collected Poems"

Tobias George Smollett 1721-1771
Born in Cardross, Dumbartonshire. Died in Leghorn, Italy
Novelist, Poet, Dramatist, Journalist, Editor

    Poetry
  • 1746 - "The Tears of Scotland"
  • 1773 - "Ode to Independence"
    Drama
  • 1749 - "The Regicide"
  • 1757 - "The Reprisal"
    Novels
  • 1748 - "The Adventures of Roderick Random" - 2 volumes
  • 1751 - "The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle" - 4 volumes
  • 1753 - "The Adventures of Ferdinand, Count Fathom" - 2 volumes
  • 1762 - "The Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves" - 2 volumes
  • 1771 - "The Expedition of Humphry Clinker" - 3 volumes
    Other Works
  • 1752 - "An Essay on the External Use of Water"
  • 1766 - "Travels Through France and Italy" - 2 volumes
  • 1769 - "The History and Adventures of an Atom" - 2 volumes

William Soutar 1898-1943
Born in Perth. Died in Perth
Poet

  • 1933 - "Seeds in the Wind"
  • 1935 - "Poems in Scots", "Brief Words"
  • 1937 - "Riddles in Scots"
  • 1944 - "The Expectant Silence"

Muriel (Sarah) Spark 1918-
Born in Edinburgh.
Novelist, Critic, Poet, Playwright, Editor

    Critiques
  • 1951 - "Child of Light: A Reassessment of Mary Shelley"
  • 1953 - "John Masefield"
  • 1954 - "The Bronte Letters"
    Novels
  • 1959 - "Memento Mori"
  • 1960 - "The Ballad of Peckham Rye", "The Bachelors"
  • 1961 - "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" - made into a film and stage play
  • 1963 - "The Girls of Slender Means"
  • 1965 - "The Mandelbaum Gate"
  • 1970 - "The Driver's Seat"
  • 1971 - "Not to Disturb"
    Other Works
  • 1967 - "Collected Poems", "Collected Stories"

Robert Louis Stevenson 1850-1894
Born in Edinburgh. Died in Samoa
Novelist, Poet, Critic, Travel Writer, Essayist

    Poetry
  • 1885 - "A Child's Garden of Verses"
  • 1887 - "Underwoods"
  • 1890 - "Ballads"
  • 1896 - "Songs of Travel and Other Verses"
    Essays
  • 1878 - "An Inland voyage"
  • 1879 - "Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes"
  • 1887 - "Memories and Portraits"
  • 1892 - "Across the Plains"
    Novels
  • 1882 - "New Arabian Nights"
  • 1883 - "Treasure Island" - made into a film
  • 1885 - "Prince Otto"
  • 1886 - "Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde", "Kidnapped" - both made into films
  • 1889 - "The Master of Ballantrae" - made into a film
  • 1893 - "Catriona"
  • 1894 - "Ebb-Tide"
  • 1896 - "Weir of Hermiston" - considered to be his best work, unfinished, dramatised on TV
  • 1897 - "St Ives" - published posthumously, finished by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch

Annie Shepherd Swan ("David Lyall"), ("Mrs. Burnett Smith") 1858-1943
Born in Coldingham, Berwickshire. Died in Gullane
Novelist, Story Writer, Journalist

  • 1878 - "Ups and Downs"
  • 1882 - "Grandmother's Child", "Into the Haven"
  • 1883 - "A Year at Coverley", "Aldershyde"
  • 1885 - "Adam Hepburn's Vow"
  • 1890 - "A Vexed Inheritance"
  • 1895 - "The Bonnie Jean"
  • 1900 - "An American Woman"
  • 1906 - "A Mask of Gold"
  • 1910 - "What Shall it Profit?"
  • 1915 - "Letters to a War Bride"
  • 1920 - "America at Home"
  • 1925 - "Across the Path"
  • 1930 - "Forerunners"
  • 1935 - "The Bondage of Riches"
  • 1937 - "The Road to Damascus"
  • 1940 - "The Secret of Skye"
  • 1941 - "Rebel Hearts"
  • 1942 - "Who are the Heathen?"


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