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  • Joyce M Wallace
    Joyce M Wallace

    Joyce M. Wallace is an accomplished local historian and lecturer, whose family associations with Trinity and Leith go back more than a century. She is the author of Traditions of Trinity and Leith, Further Traditions of Trinity and Leith and Canonmills and Inverleith.

  • Jake Wallis Simons
    Jake Wallis Simons

    Jake Wallis Simons is a novelist, journalist and broadcaster. His acclaimed first novel, The Exiled Times of a Tibetan Jew , was named by the Independent on Sunday as a Book of the Year. His second novel, The English German Girl — about the Kindertransport —

  • Ray Ward
  • Angus Watson
    Angus Watson

    Angus Watson graduated in Gaelic from Aberdeen University and was a published writer of Gaelic short stories. He also had a PhD from St Andrews University. He passed away in May, 2017.

  • Norman Watson
    Norman Watson

    Dr Norman Watson is a journalist with The Courier in Dundee and the author of several books on Scottish history. He was born and brought up in Perth. Watson lectures part-time in English and media studies, and was the winner of the 2007 Robson Lowe Silver Salver for Philatelic Literature for The

  • W. J. Watson
    W. J. Watson

    Professor William J. Watson (1865–1948) was a toponymist, one of the greatest Scottish scholars of the 20th century, and was the first scholar to place the study of Scottish place names on a firm linguistic basis. A native Gaelic-speaker, born in Easter Ross, he was educated at the

  • Sharon Webb
    Sharon Webb

    Sharon Webb is Director of Kilmartin House Museum and author of In the Footsteps of Kings .

  • Jack Webster
    Jack Webster

    Jack Webster grew up in the Aberdeenshire village of Maud, and attended Robert Gordon’s College. He went from the Aberdeen Press and Journal and Evening Express to be a feature writer on Lord Beaverbrook’s Daily Express . He travelled the world, interviewing the rich, the famous and the

  • Nikki Welch
    Nikki Welch

    Nikki Welch spent ten years selling and marketing wine for a number of wine producers and major supermarkets. She now owns Convivium Wine (, organizes events for the public and for wine companies, trains staff, writes about wine and acts as a consultant for wine

  • Walter Weyndling
    Walter Weyndling

    Walter Weyndling came to Scotland on leaving school, to study Naval Architecture at Glasgow University. Over the course of his career, he worked for the RAF, the Admiral Navy Construction Department and the Marine Survey Service of the Board of Trade. For over twenty years, he was the Senior

  • Christopher A Whatley
    Christopher A Whatley

    Christopher Whatley is Professor of Scottish History at Dundee University. He has published widely, and his books include The Scots and the Union (EUP).

  • Kenneth White
    Kenneth White

    Kenneth White was born in Glasgow and studied at the universities of Glasgow, Munich and Paris. He began to be published in London in the 1960s, but broke with the British scene in 1967 and moved to France. He held the Chair of XXth century Poetics at the Sorbonne from 1983 to 1996, and in 1989 he

  • Alison Whitelock
    Alison Whitelock

    Born and bred in Scotland, Alison Whitelock left behind the mountains and rivers and ballads for London then Australia. A fan of Patsy Cline and the occasional pineapple tart with a cup of tea, she now runs a café in Sydney where she lives with her French husband and two cats Angus and Nellie.

  • Angus Whitson and Andrew Orr
    Angus Whitson and Andrew Orr

    Angus Whitson studied law at Edinburgh University, and has worked as a solicitor, independent financial adviser and freelance copywriter. He writes the weekly column in the Dundee Courier , 'Man With two Dogs'. Andrew Orr worked as a GP in Montrose for many years. He is a founder member of the

  • Tom Whitty
    Tom Whitty

    Tom Whitty is a Countryside Ranger with Dumfries and Galloway council, with particular responsibility for the Southern Upland Way and local path networks.

  • Betsy Whyte
    Betsy Whyte

    Betsy Whyte was born into a traveller family in 1919 and brought up in the age-old tradition of the ‘mist people’ – constantly moving around the country and settling down in one place only during the winter. It was while the family were ‘housed up’ at this time of

  • Christopher Whyte and Emma Dymock (Editors)
    Christopher Whyte and Emma Dymock (Editors)

    Christopher Whyte is probably the greatest living expert on MacLean's poetry. His annotated editions of the Dàin do Eimhir and An Cuilithionn  contained a significant quantity of hitherto unpublished material and have been met with acclaim. He is himself a Gaelic poet of

  • Hamish Whyte, Editor(s)
    Hamish Whyte, Editor(s)

    Hamish Whyte is a poet and publisher, with a record of editing outstanding poetry anthologies. He runs Mariscat Press, publishing poetry and is currently an Honorary Research Fellow in the Scottish Literature Department at Glasgow University. With Diana Hendry he has co-edited, for children,

  • Caroline Wickham-Jones
    Caroline Wickham-Jones

    Caroline Wickham-Jones studied archaeology at Edinburgh University. She is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, and has conducted research throughout Scotland, Ireland and Scandanavia. She is the author of numerous articles and publications, including Scotland’s First Settlers.

  • Andy Wightman
    Andy Wightman

    Andy Wightman was born in Dundee and gained a degree in forestry at Aberdeen University. He has worked as a ghillie, environmental scientist, and an environmental campaigner before becoming a self-employed writer and researcher in 1993. He is the author of several books and a prominent analyst and

  • William Croft Dickinson
    William Croft Dickinson

    William Croft Dickinson (1897–1963) came to study history at St Andrews in 1915. Military service in the trenches in France during the First World War interrupted his studies but in 1921 he graduated with a First and went on to teach history at the London School of Economics. In 1944 he

  • William P. L. Thomson
    William P. L. Thomson

    William P. L. Thomson is the author of a number of books on Scottish history. He was Rector of Kirkwall Grammar School, in Orkney, from 1971 to 1991, previously having been Principal Teacher of History and Geography at the Anderson High School, Shetland. Picture by Rebecca Marr.

  • Duncan Williamson
    Duncan Williamson

    Born: 1928 on the shores of Loch Fyne, Argyll. Died: Kirkcaldy in 2007. With over ten books to his name, Duncan Williamson was one of the best-known of Scotland’s traveler storytellers. His autobiography tells his own story of his life as a traveler, hawking his wares, collecting stories,

  • Elspeth Wills
    Elspeth Wills

    After graduating from St Andrews University with an honours degree in history in 1970, Elspeth Wills has spent her career as a researcher, interpreter and writer within advertising, marketing, economic development and visitor attraction environments. She has written over a dozen books on subjects

  • Willy Slavin
    Willy Slavin

    Willy Slavin has spent his life championing the cause of the poor. Working as a priest for 50 years in the most deprived areas of Glasgow and Bangladesh and in hospitals and prisons, he is also known for his role in the late-2017 installation of the Homeless Jesus sculpture on a park bench in

  • Wilson, Brian
    Wilson, Brian

    Brian Wilson is a well-known and respected member of the British canoeing scene, specialising in extended seakayaking expeditions and adventure travel. Having been employed by many of the major Scottish conservation and environmental organisations, he is now a freelance environmental

  • Jim Wilson and Russell Findlay
    Jim Wilson and Russell Findlay

    Jim Wilson and Russell Findlay have many years experience reporting crime in Scotland.

  • John Wilson
    John Wilson

    John Wilson was born in Dufftown in Banffshire, and brought up in Keig in Aberdeenshire. He was educated at Moray House Free Church Training College and Edinburgh University. He worked as Headmaster of Duffus Public School in Morayshire until, in 1882, he joined the inspectorate. He retired

  • Mary Withall
    Mary Withall

    Mary Withall was born in London and was a science teacher for many years. On her retirement in 1988 she moved to Argyll and began a second career as a historical novelist. Her novels include Beacon on the Shore (1995), The Gorse in Bloom (1996), The Poppy Orchard (1999) and The Flight of

  • Darren Woodhead
    Darren Woodhead

    Darren Woodhead studied at The Royal College of Art, London. He has had numerous solos shows, and has exhibited annually at The Society of Wildlife Artists exhibition at The Mall Galleries, London, of which he is a full member, since 1994. He was awarded The Artists for Nature Foundation Award in

  • Alan Wright
    Alan Wright

    Alan Wright was born, and still lives, in Wigan. A graduate of Leeds University, he taught English for several years in secondary schools but now works as a Secondary Consultant for the Graduate Teacher Programme. In 2009 Alan was shortlisted for the Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger

  • Gus Wylie
    Gus Wylie

    Born: 1935 in Lowestoft First Book: The Hebrides (Collins, 1979) Awards: Won Book of the Year for Gaelic Books 1983 for Cur Is Dluth (Mobil North Sea, 1982), the Gaelic version of his book Patterns of the Hebrides (Louisiana State University Press, 1982); awarded the Observer Award

  • Louise Wyllie and Jan Patience
    Louise Wyllie and Jan Patience

    Louise Wyllie is the artist’s elder daughter. Recent writings include an episode of CBeebies drama, Katie Morag . She edited and commissioned the recent George Wyllie Retrospective exhibition catalogue, which won an D&AD In-Book Award. Jan Patience has been a journalist and