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Robert Michael Ballantyne 1825 - 1894
Born in Edinburgh. Died in Rome
Novelist

  • 1855 - "The Young Fur Traders", "Snowflakes and Sunbeams"
  • 1858 - "The Coral Island"

John Barbour 1325 - 1395
Born in Aberdeen. Died in Aberdeen.
Author and Poet

  • 1376 - "The Actes and Life of the Most Victorious Conqueror, Robert Bruce, King of Scotland" - an epic in 20 books
    Also credited with:-
  • "Stewartis Oryginalle" - a genealogy of the Scottish Kings
  • "The Bulk of Alexander" - translated from the French
  • "Legends of the Saints" - written in verse form

Sir James Matthew Barrie 1860 - 1937
Born in Kirriemuir. Died in London
Novelist and Dramatist

  • 1888 - "Auld Licht Idylls" - a novel
  • 1891 - "The Little Minister" - a novel
  • 1896 - "Margaret Ogilvy" and "Sentimental Tommy" - both novels
  • 1902 - "The Little White Bird" and "The Admirable Chrichton" - a play
  • 1904 - "Peter Pan" - a play
  • 1910 - "The Twelve Pound Look" - a play
  • 1913 - "The Will" - a play
  • 1917 - "Dear Brutus" - considered his best play

Robert Blair 1699 - 1746
Born in Edinburgh. Died in Athelstaneford, East Lothian
Poet

  • 1743 - "The Grave" - a poem written in blank verse, believed to have influenced Thomas Gray's "Elegy in a Country Churchyard" 1751

George Blake 1893-1961
Born in Greenock. Died in Glasgow
Novelist

  • 1935 - "The Shipbuilders"
  • 1937 - "Down to the Sea" - semi-autobiographical

James Boswell 1740-1795
Born in Edinburgh. Died in London
Novelist, Diarist, Journalist, Biographer

  • 1768 - "An Account of Corsica", "The Journal of a Tour to that Island", "Memoirs of Pascal Paoli"
  • 1791 - "Life of Johnson" 2 volumes
  • 1928-1934 - "Private Papers of James Boswell from Malahide Castle" 18 volumes - published posthumously

James Bridie (Osborne Henry Mavor) 1888-1951
Born in Glasgow. Died in Edinburgh
Playwright

  • 1928 - "The Sunlight Sonata" - written under the pseudonym of Mary Henderson
  • 1931 - "The Anatomist"
  • 1932 - "Jonah and the Whale"
  • 1933 - "A Sleeping Clergyman"
  • 1934 - "Marriage is no Joke", "Colonel Wotherspoon"
  • 1938 - "The King of Nowhere"
  • 1939 - "One Way of Living"
  • 1943 - "Mr Bolfry"
  • 1947 - "Dr Angelus"
  • 1950 - "The Queen's Comedy"

George Douglas Brown 1869-1902
Born in Ochiltree, Ayrshire. Died in
Novelist, Journalist

  • 1899 - "Love And A Sword" - published under the pseudonym "Kennedy King"
  • 1901 - "The House With The Green Shutters" - published under the pseudonym, "George Douglas", considered his best work
  • 1901 - "The Incompatibles" and "The Novelist" - he died before they were complete

Dorothy Kathleen Broster 1877 - 1950
Novelist

    Anthologies
  • 1957 - "Alfred Hitchcock Presents"
  • 1984 - "The Penguin Book of Horror Stories"
    Collections
  • 1932 - "A Fire of Driftwood"
  • 1942 - "Couching at the Door"
  • 1990 - "Betty's Visions and Mrs Smith of Longmains"
    Jacobite Series
  • 1926 - "The Flight of the Heron"
  • 1927 - "The Gleam in The North"
  • 1930 - "The Dark Mile"
    Novels
  • 1928 - "Mr. Rowl"
  • 1929 - "The Vision Splendid", "The Yellow Poppy"
  • 1933 - "Almond, Wild Almond"
  • 1937 - "Child Royal", "Ships in the Bay!", "Sir Isumbras At The Ford"
  • 1947 - "The Captain's Lady"
  • 1951 - "The Wounded Name", "Betty's Visions", "Mrs Smith of Longmains"

John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir 1875-1940
Born in Perth. Died in Montreal
Novelist, Biographer (he wrote 50 books)

    Novels
  • 1910 - "Prester John"
  • 1915 - "The Thirty Nine Steps" - filmed in 1935 by Alfred Hitchcock
  • 1916 - "Greenmantle"
  • 1919 - "Mr Standfast"
  • 1924 - "The Three Hostages"
  • 1929 - "The Courts of the Morning"
  • 1936 - "The Island of Sheep"
  • 1941 - "Sick Heart River" - published posthumously
    Biographies
  • 1928 - "Montrose"
  • 1932 - "Sir Walter Scott"
  • 1940 - "Memory Hold-the Door" - his autobiography

Dugald Buchanan 1716-1768
Religious Poet, Translator

  • 1767 - Gaelic Translation of the New Testament
  • 1768 - "The Day of Judgement", "The Skull"

George Buchanan 1506-1582
Born in Killearn. Died in Edinburgh
Latin Poet, Dramatist, Political Writer

  • 1527 - "Franciscanus et Fratres" - political writing
  • 1534 - "Baptistes" - a drama
  • 1535 - "Somnium" - political writing
  • 1578 - "Jepthes" - a drama
  • 1555 - "De sphaera" - a Latin poem in 5 books
  • 1558 - "Epithalamium" - a poem
  • 1579 - "De jure regni apud Scotos" - political writing
  • 1582 - "Rerum Scoticarum historia" - a history of Scotland

Robert Burns 1759-1796
Born in Alloway, Ayrshire. Died in Dumfries
Poet, Songwriter

  • 1786 - "Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect" - the Kilmarnock edition, containing 44 poems
  • 1787 - The Edinburgh edition was published with an additional 22 poems, including "Tam o' Shanter"
  • 1793 - The last edition 2 volumes, added another 19 poems
  • 1787-1803 - "The Scots Musical Museum", 6 volumes, the James Johnson collection, including 200 songs of Burns'
  • 1793-1818 - "A Select Collection of Original Scottish Airs for the Voice", 8 parts, the George Thomson collection, including 70 songs by Burns.
  • 1965 - "The Merry Muses of Caledonia" - contains many of his songs
  • 1968 - "The Poems and Songs of Robert Burns", by James Kinsley


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