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  • Patrick Baker
    Patrick Baker

    Patrick Baker studied Business, Finance and Economics at the University of East Anglia and gained a postgraduate qualification in Publishing from the Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen. He has worked in the publishing industry for many years editing and producing academic journals and is

  • Ray Banks
    Ray Banks

    Born: 1977 in Kirkcaldy, Fife First Book: The Big Blind (PointBlank, 2004) Before establishing himself as a crime writer, Ray Banks tried university then a number of different careers, including stints as a wedding singer, a double-glazing salesman, an office temp and a

  • John Bannerman
    John Bannerman

    John Bannerman studied Celtic languages at the University of Glasgow and gained a PhD from the University of Cambridge. He joined the history department at Edinburgh University in 1967 and worked there for 30 years, while also running the family farm at Balmaha, Stirlingshire. He published a

  • Freeland Barbour
    Freeland Barbour

    Freeland Barbour , born in Edinburgh and brought up in Perthshire, is one of Scotland’s leading accordionists and has performed with many of the world’s greatest traditional musicians. A BBC music producer for a number of years, Freeland has taught at the Royal Scottish Academy of

  • Gordon Barclay
    Gordon Barclay

    Gordon Barclay has worked in archaeology since he was 13, graduating from Edinburgh University in 1976 where he also gained his doctorate in 2001. He worked for Historic Scotland and its predecessors from 1977 until his retiral at the end of 2009 as Head of Policy, first of all directing

  • Frank Bardgett
    Frank Bardgett

    Frank Bardgett is the author of North Coast Diaries: Strathy at the Time of the Great War , a picture of the people, institutions and daily life of crofting townships on the north coast of Sutherland in the early decades of the 20th century.

  • James Barke
    James Barke

    James Barke (1905-1958) was born at Torwoodlee, Galashiels, but spent most of his childhood in Tullieallan, Fife where his father worked on an estate. After leaving school he worked for a time as an engineer in the years after World War I, but turned to writing and editing for a living after the

  • Anne Barker
    Anne Barker

    Anne Barker studied at Stanford University and St Andrews. She was the co-ordinator in Scotland for Ethnomedica, an oral history archive project based at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew that researches the herbal traditions of Britain. She recently retired from practice as a medical herbalist.

  • Alfred Barnard
    Alfred Barnard

    Alfred Barnard was born in 1835. He was appointed as secretary of Harpers Weekly Gazette around 1885.

  • David Barnes
    David Barnes

    David Barnes is a freelance journalist who specialises in rugby. Having been forced to retire from the game because of a knee injury he has covered club, pro-team and international rugby for Scotland on Sunday , the Sunday Herald, Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday .

  • David Barnes & Peter Burns
    David Barnes & Peter Burns

    David Barnes is a freelance journalist, covering club, pro-team and international rugby for various Scottish newspapers. In 2008, he was shortlisted for Rugby Book of the Year at the British Sports Book Awards for The Accies: The Cradle of Scottish Rugby. He lives in Edinburgh. Peter Burns was born

  • J M Barrie
    J M Barrie

    J. M. Barrie (1860 – 1937) was born in the burgh of Kirriemuir, Angus, Scotland, the son of weaver David Barrie and his wife Margaret Ogilvy. His brother David died at the age of fourteen in a skating accident, and the profound sadness of his mother deeply affected young James. James attended

  • Meg Bateman
    Meg Bateman

    Meg Bateman was born in Edinburgh in 1959. She studied Celtic at Aberdeen University and completed a PhD in medieval Gaelic religious poetry. She then taught Gaelic at the Universities of Edinburgh and Aberdeen. Her Gaelic poetry has appeared in numerous anthologies such as Other Tongues (1990)

  • Meg Bateman with Anne Loughran (Editors)
    Meg Bateman with Anne Loughran (Editors)

    Meg Bateman is a lecturer at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig in Skye, part of the University of the Highlands and Islands, and has a fine knowledge of Gaelic culture. She has published four collections of her own poetry and is co-editor and translator of several anthologies. Anne Loughran has

  • Margaret Batty
    Margaret Batty

    Margaret Batty graduated with an honours degree from the University of Leeds in 1949 and a PhD from the University of London in 1988. With her husband Harry (a Methodist minister) she lived and worked in British Guiana and subsequently in the Thirsk and Reeth Methodist Circuits in Yorkshire,

  • Jason Baxter
    Jason Baxter

    Jason Baxter was born in Devon in 1973. His passion for photography began when he was given a camera on his 14th birthday. Since then he has worked freelance all over the world capturing everything from panoramic landscapes to cityscapes and even a portrait of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He now

  • Stanley Baxter
    Stanley Baxter

    Born in Glasgow in 1926, the multi-faceted comic actor and impressionist Stanley Baxter became a household name across Britain in 1959 when he appeared on the BBC’s satirical sketch show On the Bright Side , co-hosting with Betty Marsden, for which he was awarded the BAFTA for Light

  • Amanda Beam
    Amanda Beam

    Amanda Beam was raised in America but spent over a decade of her life in Scotland where she earned a PhD from the University of Stirling. She is a former Research Associate at the University of Glasgow.

  • James A. Begg
    James A. Begg

    Dr James Begg worked as a GP in Ayr until his recent retirement. He has flown with Search and Rescue helicopters to many spectacular and tragic incidents.

  • Mary Beith
    Mary Beith

    Mary Beith was a writer, lecturer and journalist. Born in London in 1938 she worked as a teacher before taking a course in journalism. Whilst working as an investigative journalist for The People in 1975 she went undercover in an animal testing lab, producing the now iconic image of beagles being

  • Robin Bell
    Robin Bell

    Robin Bell grew up near Auchterarder and spent many years as a writer and broadcaster in New York and London. He won the Sony Radio Academy Award for best British Documentary with Strathinver: A Portrait Album 1945–1953 and the Creative Scotland Award for How to Tell Lies , his fables on

  • Max Benitz
    Max Benitz

    Max Benitz was born in London in 1985. He read Modern History at the University of Edinburgh and South Asian History at the University of Calcutta, from where he travelled home in a Hindustan Ambassador via northern Pakistan/Central Asia and the Caucasus.   After graduating in 2008 he

  • Margaret Bennett
    Margaret Bennett

    Born: 1946 on the Isle of Skye First Book: The Last Stronghold: Scottish Gaelic Traditions of Newfoundland (Breakwater Books, 1989) Awards: 1991 Ruth Michaelis-Jena Ratcliff Folklore Prize for The Last Stronghold ; 1994 Scotch Whisky Society Award for notable service rendered to the people

  • Rupert Besley
    Rupert Besley

    Rupert Besley has worked for 25 years as a freelance cartoonist illustrating books and drawing postcards of people not enjoying their holidays. His work has appeared in a variety of publications, including Punch, Private Eye, The Oldie , and Country Life . He has written and illustrated a number

  • Bill Jones
    Bill Jones

    Bill Jones was born in Bridlington and currently lives in Ampleforth, North Yorkshire. He was a journalist before joining Granada Television in Manchester in the 1980s where he worked on hundreds of documentaries for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and many others. After thirty years in broadcasting,

  • Bruce Bishop
    Bruce Bishop

    Bruce Bishop . worked as a meteorologist for 20 years, in various parts of the UK and overseas, and spent 25 years as a music teacher at Gordonstoun School, while simultaneously running a large private teaching practice and working as a music examiner, before going on to work as a freelance Local

  • Alan Bissett
    Alan Bissett

    Alan Bissett was born and raised in Falkirk and now lives in Glasgow. He is the author of the novels Boyracers (Polygon, 2001), The Incredible Adam Spark (Headline, 2005), Death of a Ladies’ Man (Hachette, July 2009) and forthcoming Pack Men , the sequel to Boyracers

  • Ronald Black
    Ronald Black

    Ronald Black (Raghnall MacilleDhuibh) is a Senior Lecturer in Celtic studies at the University of Edinburgh and Gaelic Editor of The Scotsman . He is a regular broadcaster and contributes to a wide variety of newspapers and journals. He lives in Peebles, Scotland.

  • Alison Blackwell, George Hendry & Darrel O. Ho-Yen
    Alison Blackwell, George Hendry & Darrel O. Ho-Yen

    Dr George Hendry is a biochemist, ecologist and author of the bestselling Midges in Scotland. Dr Darrel Ho-Yen is Head of Microbiology at Raigmore Hospital, Inverness, responsible for investigating Lyme disease in Scotland. Dr Alison Blackwell is a leading veterinary expert now based

  • Blair Bowman
    Blair Bowman

    Blair Bowman is the founder of World Whisky Day, first launched in 2012, which is now celebrated every year and on every continent including Antarctica. He has been a whisky enthusiast since helping found Aberdeen University’s Malt Whisky Society. He currently writes for Scottish Field

  • Peggy Blair
    Peggy Blair

    Peggy Blair has practised law for more than thirty years, working as both a criminal defence lawyer and Crown prosecutor, and is a former member of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal.

  • Benedict Blathwayt
    Benedict Blathwayt

    Benedict Blathwayt is a well known writer and illustrator of children’s stories and author of the best-selling Little Red Train series and Dinosaur Chase and Dinosaur Disaster!

  • Stephen Boardman
    Stephen Boardman

    Stephen Boardman is a Reader at the Department of Scottish History at the University of Edinburgh, and Head of the department. His first book, The Early Stewart Kings: Robert II and Robert III, won the Agnes Mure Mackenzie prize. A lively writer and an intrepid researcher, he is also author

  • Alastair Borthwick
    Alastair Borthwick

    Alastair Borthwick was born in Rutherglen in 1913 and started his career in journalism. After service in the Second World War, he worked mainly as a radio and TV producer. He died in 2003.

  • Gavin Bowd
    Gavin Bowd

    Gavin Bowd teaches French at St Andrews University. He has published widely on Scottish, French and Romanian culture and politics. He is also a poet, fiction writer, journalist and translator.

  • Judith Bowers
    Judith Bowers

    Judith Bowers has worked for many years as an archaeologist, and later as a Glasgow historian. She created a children’s history series called Scary Scotland , broadcast on STV in 1998 as part of the children’s programme Skoosh , for which she wrote and presented seven episodes.

  • David Breeze
    David Breeze

    Professor David Breeze prepared the bid for World Heritage Site status for the Antonine Wall and now leads the team implementing the management plan for the frontier. He was formerly Chief Inspector of Ancient Monuments for Scotland. He has written books on both the Antonine Wall and Hadrian's

  • Brian Wilson
    Brian Wilson

    Brian Wilson spent eighteen years as Labour MP for Cunninghame North and served in five UK Ministerial capacities. On leaving politics in 2005, he became a Non-Executive Director of Celtic plc. He lives on the Isle of Lewis.

  • Brigid Benson
    Brigid Benson

    Brigid Benson is the bestselling author of 52 Weekends by the Sea and 52 Weekends in the Country , both published by Penguin.

  • A Broadie
    A Broadie

    Alexander Broadie is a Professor of Logic and Rhetoric at Glasgow University – a chair once occupied by Adam Smith – and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He was appointed the first Henry Duncan Prize lecturer in Scottish Studies at the Royal Society of Edinburgh (1990-1993)

  • Keith Brockie
    Keith Brockie

    Keith Brockie has worked as a full-time wildlife artist for more than twenty years. His work has been exhibited around the world and appears in many books. He is actively involved in wildlife conservation, in particular in the successful efforts to re-establish the osprey in Scotland. Six books of

  • Allan Brown
    Allan Brown

    Allan Brown is an award-winning writer and critic. He is the author of Inside The Wicker Man: How Not to Make a Cult Classic and Nileism: The Strange Course of the Blue Nile . He lives in the west end of Glasgow with his family.

  • Catherine Brown
    Catherine Brown

    Catherine Brown became widely known during the 1980s and 90s for her investigative food columns in The Herald (Glasgow) and as a presenter of STV and Grampian TV’s Scotland’s Larder . In 2001 she was the Guild of Food Writers' Food Journalist of the Year. She is the author of

  • Gordon Brown
    Gordon Brown

    Gordon Brown has been a Labour MP since 1983, but will stand down at the 2015 general election. He was Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1997 to 2007 and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 2007 to 2010. He is currently UN Special Envoy for Global Education.

  • Hamish Brown
    Hamish Brown

    Hamish Brown is a well-known outdoors writer, lecturer and photographer who has written several best-selling books, including Along the Fife Coastal Path and Exploring the Edinburgh to Glasgow Canals. He is also a regular contributor to the Mercat Press 25 Walks series. He divides his time

  • Michael Brown
    Michael Brown

    Michael Brown is a lecturer in the Department of Scottish History at the University of St Andrews.

  • Stuart Brown
    Stuart Brown

    Stuart Brown lives in Edinburgh and is a charity worker and journalist and a former BBC Producer. His work regularly takes him to Africa and the United States.

  • A.J. Bruford and D.A. MacDonald, Editor(s)
    A.J. Bruford and D.A. MacDonald, Editor(s)

    D. A. MacDonald was a lecturer in Oral Tradition and Popular Tradition at the School of Scottish Studies, Edinburgh University, as was the late A.J. Bruford until his death in 1996. 

  • Nancy Brysson Morrison
    Nancy Brysson Morrison

    Nancy Brysson Morrison (1907-1986), was born in Glasgow and educated at the Park School in that city and at Harvington College in London. She came of a talented family who were known as 'writing Morrisons'. Her brother Thomas and her sister Margaret both became well-known novelists like herself. A

  • James Buchan
    James Buchan

    James Buchan is a novelist and critic. His books have won major literary prizes in Britain, including the Whitbread First Novel Award, the Guardian Fiction Prize and the Duff Cooper Award, and have been translated into eleven foreign languages. He is the son of William Buchan, 3rd Baron Tweedsmuir

  • John Buchan
    John Buchan

    One of Alfred Hitchcock’s favourite writers, John Buchan was a Scottish diplomat, barrister, journalist, historian, poet and novelist. He published nearly 30 novels and seven collections of short stories. He was born in Perth, an eldest son, and studied at Glasgow and Oxford. In 1901 he became a

  • Allan Burnett
    Allan Burnett

      Allan Burnett , one of Scotland's best-selling authors for young readers, was born and brought up in the Western Isles. At the age of twelve he spent several weeks touring the continent, travelling from South Uist to Sarajevo and back via seventeen different countries, during a

  • Peter Burns
    Peter Burns

    Peter Burns read English at St Andrews University and is Sports Editor for Arena Sport, an imprint of Birlinn Ltd. He is the author of White Gold: England's Journey to Rugby World Cup Glory and co-author of Behind the Thistle: Playing Rugby for Scotland . 1. What inspired you to

  • Robert Burns
    Robert Burns

    Robert Burns (25 January 1759-21 July 1796) is, quite simply, Scotland’s Bard. A poet and lyricist, he began life as a farm labourer but shot to fame following the publication of Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish dialect. Lionised by polite society, Burns’ fame – and life

  • Ken Butler and Ken Crossan
    Ken Butler and Ken Crossan

    Ken Butler , who lives in Thurso, has been exploring the plants of the area for nearly 50 years and Ken Crossan , who lives in Wick, is a prize-winning photographer of birds, mammals and plants.

  • Ron Butlin
    Ron Butlin

    Ron Butlin is a poet, playwright, novelist, short story writer and opera librettist whose works have been broadcast in the UK and abroad and have been translated into many languages. His volumes of poetry include the award-winning Ragtime in Unfamiliar Bars (Secker & Warburg, 1985) and

  • Ben Buxton
    Ben Buxton

    Ben Buxton first explored the Barra Isles in the 1970s. Later, while studying for a degree in archaeology, he investigated the archaeology and history of Mingulay. In 1995 Mingulay: An Island and its People was published by Birlinn. This was joint winner of the Michaelis-Jena Ratcliffe Prize for

  • Ian Buxton
    Ian Buxton

    Ian has been working in and around the whisky industry for about 20 years, but has been drinking professionally for a good deal longer. He began writing regularly for Whisky Magazine shortly after it launched, and now also writes for The Keeper, Country Life, Scotland Magazine, Scottish Field and