Made in Perth | People

Find out about people who were born in, who have lived in, who have made a significant visit or contribution to, or who otherwise have a connection with the city of Perth and its surrounding area.



Adam Abel ~ Chronicler


Henry Adamson ~ Poet and Historian


Patrick Adamson ~ Religious Figure and Writer


Adam Anderson ~ Schoolmaster, Engineer, and Professor of Natural Philosophy


Saint Adomnán of Iona


Isabel Allison ~ Covenanter


Andrew ~ Bishop of Caithness


William Archer ~ Dramatic Critic, Playwright, and Translator of Ibsen


Robert Archibald Armstrong ~ Lexicographer


William Arnot ~ Free Church Minister


Kitty Atholl (Katherine Murray) ~ Politician and Scotland’s First Woman MP



George Ballingall ~ Military Surgeon and Medical Pioneer


Edward Balliol ~ King of Scotland


Patrick Bannerman ~ Minister, Writer, and Religious Radical


Alexander Balmain Bruce ~ Minister and Theologian


James Barbour ~ Communist Councillor


Hugh Barclay ~ Judge and Writer on Legal Matters


John Barclay ~ Anatomist


John Evelyn Barlas ~ Poet and Anarchist-Communist


Arthur Kinmond Bell ~ Distiller and Whisky Magnate


Charles Bisset ~ Surgeon and Military Engineer


Patrick Blair ~ Botanist, Surgeon, and Anatomist


John Blaw of Castlehill, Culcross ~ Jacobite


John Blow (Blaw) Printer and Bookseller


James Bonar ~ Economist


George Scott Boyd ~ Biochemist


General Edward Braddock ~ Military Officer


Andrew Brodie ~ Covenanter


Mary Brooksbank ~ Revolutionary, Poet, and Songwriter

John Brown ~ Minister, Professor of Theology

John Brown of Priesthill ~ Covenanter


James Browne ~ Journalist, Writer, and Editor


Charles Bruce ~ Colonial Governor and Imperialist


Michael Bruce ~ Poet


Alexander Bryce ~ Mathematician and Church of Scotland Minister


Alexander Buchan ~ Meteorologist


Anna Buchan – O. Douglas ~ Writer


John Buchan ~ Author and Statesman


James Buchan ~ Arthur Dewar ~ Charlie Gallagher ~ Adam Craig Gilchrist ~ Bill MacDonald ~ Justin Langer ~ Jimmy Whyte 


Dugald Buchanan ~ Gaelic Poet


John Lanne Buchanan ~ Writer


T. R. Buchanan ~ Politician


Agnata Frances (Ramsay) Butler ~ Classical Scholar



James Calder ~ Distiller


James Clark Cameron ~ Medical Doctor and Chair of the BMA


Sir David Young Cameron ~ Painter


Neil Cameron ~ Marshall of the RAF


Paul Cameron ~ Pitlochry’s Photographer


Robert Campbell ~ Glencoe Massacre


Robert Campbell of the Yukon ~ Explorer


Henry Campbell-Bannerman ~ Liberal MP, Secretary of the War Office, Secretary for Ireland, Prime Minister


David Cargill ~ Covenanter


Robert Carver ~ Composer


Winifred Anna Cavendish-Bentinck ~ Avian Rights Activist


Christie Cleek ~ Cannibal


William Cleland (c1661-1689) ~ Scottish Covenanting Poet and Soldier


James Connolly ~ Socialist, Revolutionary, Trade Unionist, and Republican


Helen Crawfurd ~ Political Activist, Suffragette and Red Cydesider


James Crichton – Admirable Crichton


James Croll ~ Physicist


Oliver Cromwell ~ Bourgeois  Revolutionary and Soldier


John Cunningham ~ Historian and Minister


Robert Cunninghame-Graham ~ Politician, Writer, and Founder of the Scottish Labour Party



John Alexander Dewar ~ Distiller


William Croft Dickinson ~ Historian


James Donn ~ Botanist and Horticulturalist


Frederick Douglass ~ Abolitionist and Statesman


Gavin Douglas ~ Poet


David Douglas ~ Botanist and Explorer


General Robert Douglas ~ Soldier


Alexander Dow ~ Army Officer and Writer


Alexander Drummond ~ the Auchterarder Warlock


Anabella Drummond ~ Wife of 1st Earl of Montrose


James Eric Drummond ~ Diplomat


Peter Robert Drummond ~ Bookseller and Agriculturist


Victoria Alexandrina Drummond ~ Marine Engineer


Alexander Duff ~ Professor of Missionary Studies, Evangelist, and founder of the University of Calcutta


Thomas Duncan ~ Painter


Henry Dundas ~ Lawyer and Politician





Major General William Farquhar ~ Founder of Singapore


David Farquharson ~ Landscape Painter


Adam Ferguson ~ Philosopher and Chaplain to the Black Watch


J. D. Fergusson ~ Painter


Jane Findlater and Mary Findlater ~ Writers


Neil Forsyth ~ Opera House Manager



Patrick Geddes ~ Biologist, Sociologist, Geographer, Philanthropist and Pioneering Town Planner


William Geddes and the Blairgowire School of Painting


James Edward Gordon ~ Politician and Religious Activist


Alan Gorrie and the Average White Band


Niel Gow ~ Musician and Composer


James (Gillespie) Graham ~ Architect


John Graham (Viscount Dundee) Royalist Soldier, Nobleman, and Jacobite


Robert Graham ~ Town Clerk


Thomas Graham ~ Soldier and Politician


Francis Grant ~ Portrait Painter and Painter of Sporting Scenes


General James Hope Grant ~ Soldier


Thomas Gray ~ Author and Poet


John Gregson ~ Actor


John Grierson ~ Documentary Film Maker


Christopher William Graham Guest ~ Judge



Patrick Haldane ~ Politician and Lawyer


Hugh Haliburton ~ Poet


Charles Frederick Hempel ~ Organist and Composer


Hamish Henderson ~ Poet and Songwriter


William Henderson ~ Medical Doctor


David Octavius Hill ~ Painter and Photographer


Henry Home ~ Lord of Session


John Burns Hynd ~ Trade Unionist and Labour MP





Gordon Jackson ~ Actor


St John of Dunkeld ~ Scottish Saint


Robert Johnson ~ Draughtsman and Engraver



Arthur Keith ~ Curator, Anthropologist, and Anatomist


John Scott Keltie ~ Geographer


James Peeble Ewing Kennaway ~ Novelist & Screenwriter


Marjory Kennedy Fraser ~ Singer and Folk-song Collector



Henry Duncan Littlejohn ~ Professor of Medical Jurisprudence


Lena Login ~ Courtier


Angus Lennie ~ Actor


James Lorimer ~ Professor of Public Law



John MacDiarmid ~ Writer


Hugh MacDiarmid ~ Poet and Political Activist


James Archibald Stuart-Wortley-Mackenzie ~ Politician


James Mackenzie ~ Medical Pioneer


William Macdonald Mackenzie ~ Architect


Johannes Machabeus ~ Dominican Prior and Professor of Theology


Lawrence MacDonald ~ Sculptor


Rob Roy MacGregor (1671-1734) ~ Farmer and Cattle-dealer


Charles MacKay ~ Journalist and Songwriter


Alexander Mackenzie ~ Canada’s Second Prime Minister


Thomas Maclagan ~ Medical Pioneer


Ian Maclaren ~ Author and Theologian


John Maclean ~ Revolutionary & Educator


John James Rickard Macleod~ Nobel Prize Winner and Developer of Insulin


David Mallet (Malloch) ~ Poet and Songwriter


Thomas Hay Marshall ~ Magistrate and Baillie


Patrick Matthew of Gourdiehill ~ Arboriculturist and Evolutionist


James Maxton ~ Orator and Politician


Donald Maxwell ~ Opera Singer


James McGregor ~ Minister and Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland


Professor Donald B McIntyre ~ Mountaineer, Piper, Scholar, and Writer


Archibald Menzies ~ Naturalist and Surgeon


Naomi Mitchison ~ Poet and Writer


David Morrison ~ Chartist Leader and Trade Unionist


Oswald Mosely ~ Leader of British Union of Fascists


Lord George Murray ~ Jacobite General


William Murray, first Earl of Mansfield ~ Judge and Politician


James Murray ~ Assassin and Radical


John Mylne ~ Master Mason


The Mylne Family ~ Master Masons



Martin Niemoller ~ Pastor and Defier of Adolf Hitler


Eliza Ogilvy ~ Poet and Letter Writer


Caroline Oliphant – Lady Nairne ~ Poet



Richard Parker ~ Seaman and Mutineer


James Peeble Ewing Kennaway ~ Novelist and Screenwriter


Pontius Pilate ~ Roman Procurator of Judaea


Edgar Allan Poe ~ Writer





John Ramsay ~ Owner of Ochtertyre Estate


John Robertson Reid ~ Soldier and Musician


Robert Reid ~ Architect


Robert Gillespie Reid ~ Bridge and Railway Builder


William Ritichie ~ Scientist and Mathematician


John Monteath Robertson ~ Crystallographer


Annie Erskine Robinson ~ Suffragist, Socialist and Pacifist


Thomas Ross ~ Architect


John Row ~ Religious Reformer and Hebrew Scholar


Patrick Ruthven ~ Soldier


The Ruthven Family and the Gowrie Conspiracy



St William of Perth (St William of Rochester) ~ Martyr


Robert Sandeman ~ Promoter of the Glasite Church


Lord Sands ~ Politician, Lawyer, Church Advisor, and Educationalist


The Sandemans of Springland


John Henry Saville ~ Perth Theatre and Opera House


Thomas Semton ~ Clergyman and Moderator of the Church of Scotland


George Seton ~ Civil Servant, Historian, and Genealogist


William Shakespeare ~ Actor, Poet, Playwright, and Dramatist


William Simpson ~ Watercolourist and Journalist


Duleep Singh ~ Maharajah of Lahore and King of the Sikh Empire


Thomas Small ~ Covenanter


Thomas Smeaton ~ Theologian


Robert Smirke ~ Architect


Jess Smith – Writer, Historian, and Traditional Storyteller


William Soutar – Poet and Diarist


Robert Southey ~ Poet


John Stalker ~ Theologian


Alexander Stewart ~ Shoemaker and Gaelic Scholar


Belle Stewart ~ Singer, Poet, and Songwriter


Daniel Stewart ~ Benefactor


David Stewart ~ Soldier and Historian


Daniel Stewart ~ Master of the Court of Exchequer


Andy Stewart ~ Singer and Entertainer


Robert Louis Stevenson ~ Author


Robert Stirling ~ Clergyman and Inventor


(Robert) Douglas Strachan ~ Stained Glass Artist


John Strang ~ Religious Figure and Principal of Glasgow University


John Proudfoot Strattons ~ Surgeon and Governmental Official


Lieutenant-General Robert Stuart of Annat and Rait


Robert Stuart ~ Historian and Writer


Lieutenant-General Robert Stuart ~ Soldier


James Archibald Stuart-Wortley-Mackenzie ~ Statesman



Thomas Telford ~ Engineer


Thomas Thomson ~ Professor of Chemistry


William Thomson ~ Writer


Ramsay Heatley Traquair ~ Palaeontologist


Threipland Family ~ Merchant Family of Perthshire


Thomas Tullidelph ~ Minister and University Principal


Patrick Torry ~ Scottish Episcopal Bishop of St Andrews, Dunkeld, and Dunblane


John Tulloch ~ Theologian


Lawrence Tuttiett ~ Minister, Poet, and Hymn Writer







William Wallace ~ Mathematician


Robert Watt ~ Revolutionary or Police Informer


John Wedderburn ~ Jacobite Army Officer


John Welwood ~ Covenanting Minister


David Wemyss ~ Jacobite Army Officer


Francis Buchanan White ~ Entomologist


Sir Alexander Frederick Whyte ~ Politician


William first Earl of Gowrie


Bill Wilkie ~ Accordionist, Entertainer, Dance band Leader, and Impresario


Frederick Charles Wilton ~ Stage Manager and Actor


General James Wolfe ~ Soldier & Conqueror of Quebec


John Wood ~ Geographer


Vernon Woodward ~ Fighter Ace


William Wordsworth ~ Poet





James Young ~ Inventor, Agricultural Engineer, and Philanthropist


Thomas Young or Yonge ~ Minister and Religious Figure


Thomas Young ~ Religious Figure, Writer, and Teacher