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  • Harry D. Watson
    Harry D. Watson

    Harry D. Watson was born in 1946 in Crail, Fife, and grew up in neighbouring Cellardyke in the parish of Kilrenny, the subject of his book Kilrenny and Cellardyke: 800 Years of History (1986). He has also written a literary biography of his distant relative, the Anstruther-born poet and scholar

  • David Daiches
    David Daiches

    David Daiches (1912 – 2005) was born in Sunderland. His childhood and youth were spent in Edinburgh where his father, Rabbi Dr Salis Daiches, was a distinguished member of the Jewish community. He was educated at George Wasons, Edinburgh University and Balliol College Oxford with postgraduate

  • Audrey Dakin, Miles Glendinning  and Aonghus MacKechnie (Editors)
    Audrey Dakin, Miles Glendinning and Aonghus MacKechnie (Editors)

    Audrey Dakin is a Project Officer at the Scottish Historic Buildings Trust, and former Chief Officer of the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland. Miles Glendinning is Professor of Architectural Conservation at the University of Edinburgh, and Director of the Scottish Centre for

  • Tam Dalyell
    Tam Dalyell

    Sir Thomas Dalyell Loch of The Binns, 11 th Baronet – better known as Tam Dalyell – was born in Edinburgh in 1932 and inherited the Baronetcy of the Binns via his mother in 1972. Educated at the Edinburgh Academy and Eton College, he did his National Service with the Royal Scots

  • Daniel Fieldsend
    Daniel Fieldsend

    Daniel Fieldsend is a UEFA qualified academy coach and scout working for Liverpool Football Club. He has worked in the football industry for many years, following the completion of a BSc degree in Football Studies. Alongside his current academy role, he is the Liverpool FC researcher for the

  • Daniel Martin
    Daniel Martin

    Daniel Martin was born in Carluke and lived there his whole life. Widely respected as a local historian, he was also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and taught Mathematics at Glasgow University. He died in 2006.

  • William Daniell
    William Daniell

    William Daniell RA (1769-1837), who was orphaned by the age of 10, was raised by his uncle, a talented artist. When William was only fourteen, they sailed to India via China. On their return to England, ten years later, they published jointly prints of oriental and Indian views. William

  • David Hawson
    David Hawson

    David Hawson is a retired GP and an accomplished photographer and a painter who has exhibited with the Royal Scottish Watercolour Society. He has sailed extensively throughout the west coast waters of Scotland and sketches and paints wherever he goes. His Puffer Cookbook, co-authored with

  • David Swinfen
    David Swinfen

    David Swinfen was born in Kirkcaldy, Fife, and has lived in Scotland most of his life. He has written many books and articles on Commonwealth, American and Scottish history. Currently chairman of the Tay Bridge Disaster Memorial Trust, he lives in Broughty Ferry with his wife Ann, the

  • Doris Davidson
    Doris Davidson

    Doris Davidson was born in Aberdeen in 1922, the daughter of a master butcher and country lass. Her idyllic childhood was shattered in 1934 with the death of her father, after which, in order to make ends meet, her mother was forced to take in lodgers. In part due to her father's sudden

  • Nic Davies, Sam Jones and Brian Swinbanks
    Nic Davies, Sam Jones and Brian Swinbanks

    Samantha (‘Sam’) Jones is a landscape photographer who runs her business, Islandscape Photography, on Mull. She was RNLI Photographer of the Year in 2011and a finalist in the Scottish Nature Photography Awards in 2013. Nic Davies has worked in wildlife conservation and

  • Peter Spencer Davies
    Peter Spencer Davies

    Peter Spencer Davies , PhD, FSA Scot, had a professional life as an academic (biologist) at the University of Glasgow. Now retired, he pursues a lifelong interest in English and Scottish pewter. He is a Past-President of the Pewter Society, and has had articles published in the Proceedings of

  • Graeme Davis
    Graeme Davis

    Dr Graeme Davis is a specialist in the mediaeval world, its language, literature and culture. Recent books include studies of the language and literature of Anglo-Saxon, Old High German and Old Icelandic cultures. He is a research fellow at Northumbria University, previously a British Academy funded

  • Davy Zyw
    Davy Zyw

    Davy Zyw started his wine career as a sommelier at Gavroche, then was italian wine buyer at Tesco. For four years he was working at Laithwaites/Direct Wine as Italian wine buyer and started three weeks ago as Italian Wine Buyer at Berry Bros & Rudd. He takes over Champagne too in the New

  • Alastair Dawson
    Alastair Dawson

    After nearly twenty-five years as a lecturer in Geography at Coventry University, Professor Alastair Dawson returned to the University of Aberdeen, where he had graduated in 1974 with a BSc Honours in Geography, to the position of Assistant Director of the Aberdeen Institute for Coastal Science

  • Vincent de Vries
    Vincent de Vries

    Vincent de Vries is a freelance journalist for Panorama , ELF Football Magazine , Heroes Magazine , Life After Football Champion (ANWB), and Men’s Health among many other publications.

  • Dixie Deans with Ken McNab
    Dixie Deans with Ken McNab

    Dixie Deans is a true Celtic football club legend. Between 1971 and 1976, he scored 132 goals in 184 games – a tally that earned him a place in the pantheon of greats to have worn the famous green and white hoops – and was part of the great Celtic team that swept to nine consecutive

  • John Deering and Phil Ashley
    John Deering and Phil Ashley

    John Deering’s first book was a study of his time with the chaotic but charismatic Linda McCartney Cycling Team and went on to be voted 5th best cycling book of all time. He has supplied many features to publications such as Procycling , The Official Tour de France Guide and Ride

  • John Deering
    John Deering

    John Deering’s first book, Team on the Run (Mainstream, 2003), was a study of his time with the chaotic but charismatic Linda McCartney Cycling Team and went on to be voted 5th best cycling book of all time. He has supplied many features to publications such as Procycling , The Official

  • T. M. Devine
    T. M. Devine

    Tom Devine is the Sir William Fraser Chair of Scottish History and Palaeography at the University of Edinburgh, widely acknowledged to be the world's premier Chair of Scottish History, and also Director of the Scottish Centre of Diaspora Studies and Head of School. He is the author or editor of

  • T.M. Devine and David Hesse
    T.M. Devine and David Hesse

    Tom Devine is the Sir William Fraser Chair of Scottish History and Palaeography at the University of Edinburgh, widely acknowledged to be the world's premier Chair of Scottish History, and also Director of the Scottish Centre of Diaspora Studies and Head of School. He is the author or

  • Bob Dewar
    Bob Dewar

    Bob Dewar was born in Edinburgh. He was first published nationally when he was sixteen. He has illustrated books of verse in Lallans and Doric and educational books in Gaidhlig. As well as books for Black and White, Birlinn and Oxford University Press, his work has appeared in The Scottish Field

  • Joshua Dickson
    Joshua Dickson

    Joshua Dickson was born in Alaska and came to Scotland to study at Aberdeen University. He completed a PhD in Scottish ethnology at Edinburgh University in 2001 and currently works at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow.

  • James Dillon White
    James Dillon White

    James Dillon White was the pseudonym of Stanley White (1913–1978). As an author he was best known for his novels featuring Roger Kelso, of the Bombay Marine, set in the Indian Ocean during the during the British Raj, and the Sebastian Kettle spy novels.

  • Helen Dingwall, David Hamilton, Iain MacIntyre, Morrice McCrae and David Wright
    Helen Dingwall, David Hamilton, Iain MacIntyre, Morrice McCrae and David Wright

    Helen Dingwall was a Senior Lecturer in History and Politics at the University of Stirling, retiring in 2005. She has written many articles and books, including Physicians, Surgeons and Apothecaries: Medicine in Seventeenth Century Edinburgh. David Hamilton , until he retired in 2005, was a

  • Dion Alexander
    Dion Alexander

    Dion Alexander moved in 1971 to Carsaig on Mull to set up a pottery before moving to Colonsay. He set up a pottery on Colonsay through the 1970s before leaving for South Uist in 1980 to become the first manager of the Co Chomunn at Lochdair. In 1983 he moved to Glengarry and began work for

  • Piers Dixon
    Piers Dixon

    Piers Dixon lives in Innerleithen. He has excavated on both urban and rural medieval sites in the Borders, and now works in Edinburgh for the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. He is also a member of the Institute of Field Archaeologists and a Fellow of the

  • Tris Dixon
    Tris Dixon

    Tris Dixon is the former editor of Boxing News and has covered the sport for nearly two decades. He was the ghostwriter for Ricky Hatton’s recent bestselling autobiography, War and Peace , and is a regular pundit on Sky Sports’ boxing shows, Big-Fight Special and Ringside .

  • Hugh Dodd and Prof. David Purdie, foreword by Colin Montgomerie
    Hugh Dodd and Prof. David Purdie, foreword by Colin Montgomerie

    Professor David Purdie’s career in academic medicine -and golf - has ideally fitted him to describe the physical, and, especially, the mental afflictions of the golfer. His work as a journalist and as a speechwriter for Sam Torrance and Colin Montgomerie has given him insights into the game

  • Chris Dolan
    Chris Dolan

    Award-winning poet, author and playwright Chris Dolan was born in Glasgow. He writes regularly for radio and screen, and his screenplay for An Anarchist’s Story was broadcast by the BBC in 2006. He has written features, reviews and travel pieces for various newspapers and magazines, including

  • William Donaldson
    William Donaldson

    William Donaldson is a Scottish social historian and piper. Two of his earlier books, The Jacobite Song and Popular Literature in Victorian Scotland , received a Scottish Arts Council Book Award and the Thomas Blackwell Memorial Prize.

  • Ian Donnachie
    Ian Donnachie

    Ian Donnachie is a Professor in History and Director of the Centre for Scottish Studies at The Open University in Scotland, and also a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He is the author of Robert Owen and co-author of The Birlinn Companion to Scottish History .

  • David Dorward
    David Dorward

    David Dorward practiced as a solicitor before joining the staff at the University of St Andrews. He is the author of several other books, including Scottish Surnames (also published by Birlinn) and Dundee, Names, People and Places.

  • Douglas Skelton
    Douglas Skelton

    Douglas Skelton was born in Glasgow. He has been a bank clerk, tax officer, taxi driver (for two days), wine waiter (for two hours), journalist and investigator. He has written eleven true crime and Scottish criminal history books but now concentrates on fiction. His novel Open Wounds (2016)

  • Gregory Dowling
    Gregory Dowling

    Gregory Dowling grew up in Bristol before studying English at Christ Church, Oxford where he obtained a First Class Degree. He moved to Venice in 1981, where he is Associate Professor of American Literature at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. Gregory has published four novels, co-edited

  • Tom Doyle
    Tom Doyle

    Tom Doyle has written for Q, Mojo, Elle and Melody Maker. He was born in Dundee and lives in London.

  • Andrew Drummond
    Andrew Drummond

    Andrew Drummond was born in Edinburgh and educated at the University of Aberdeen, where he studied modern languages. He has published a number of translations from German, and his first novel, An Abridged History of the Construction of the Railway Line between Garve, Ullapool and Lochinver

  • Norman Drummond
    Norman Drummond

    In 1997 Norman Drummond founded Columba 1400, the UK’s first ever purpose-built International Leader Centre, specialising helping young people from underprivileged backgrounds to become leaders. Formerly a headteacher and BBC governor, he is in great demand with top politicians and

  • Neil Drysdale
    Neil Drysdale

    Neil Drysdale has been involved in sports journalism since the mid-1980s and praised for the quality of his writing across a wide range of subjects.  He was Bank of Scotland Feature Writer of the Year in 1998, as well as runner-up in 1999. He now works freelance and writes mostly for The

  • Fernando Duarte
    Fernando Duarte

    Fernando Duarte is the UK Correspondent for O Globo , a Brazilian daily newspaper based in Rio, writes extensively for the Guardian , ESPN , World Soccer , Football 24/7 , and offers regular punditry for CNN , BT Sport , Talksport , National Geographic , the Today programme at Radio

  • Owen Dudley Edwards
    Owen Dudley Edwards

    A noted scholar, Owen Dudley Edwards is Reader in History at Edinburgh University, and a regular contributor and reviewer for radio, television and the press. His books include The Quest for Sherlock Holmes: A Biographical Study of Arthur Conan Doyle, Mind of an Activist: James Connolly and P.G

  • Andrew Duff
    Andrew Duff

    Andrew Duff is a freelance journalist based in London and Scotland who writes on India and related subjects. In the UK his work has appeared in The Times , The Financial Times and the Sunday Telegraph , and in India in the Times of India and the India Quarterly . He travels frequently

  • Dugald Mitchell
    Dugald Mitchell

    Dugald Mitchell was a native of Tarbert and justifiably proud of its long history. He wrote several books on the local history.

  • Jeremy Duncan
    Jeremy Duncan

    Jeremy Duncan was born in Perth, brought up in nearby Scone and studied at the University of St Andrews. He was formerly local studies librarian for Perth and Kinross Libraries, he left in 2006. His other books include Perth and Kinross: The Big County (John Donald) and Perth: A Century of

  • Robert Duncan
    Robert Duncan

    Robert Duncan was raised in Forres and studied at the universities of Aberdeen and Warwick. He is author of several publications on labour and social history and is currently a Workplace Learning Verifier with the Workers Educational Association in Scotland.