List of fictional Scots

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The following notable Scottish characters have appeared in fictional works.

The Scottish people or Scots, are an ethnic group indigenous to Scotland. Historically they emerged from an amalgamation of Celtic peoples — the Picts, the Gaels, and the Brythons. The Latin word Scotti originally applied to a particular, 5th century, Gaelic tribe that inhabited Ireland.[1][2]

Authors of romantic fiction have been influential in creating the popular image of Scots as kilted Highlanders, noted for their military prowess, bagpipes, rustic kailyard and doomed Jacobitism. Sir Walter Scott's Waverley novels were especially influential as they were widely read and highly praised in the 19th century. The author organised the pageantry for the visit of King George IV to Scotland which started the vogue for tartanry and Victorian Balmoralism which did much to create the modern Scottish national identity.[3][4]

Fictional Scottish characters[edit]

Real Scottish people who have been extensively fictionalised or mythologised[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bede used a Latin form of the word Scots as the name of the Gaels of Dál Riata.Roger Collins, Judith McClure; Beda el Venerable, Bede ({1999}). The Ecclesiastical History of the English People: The Greater Chronicle ; Bede's Letter to Egbert. Oxford University Press. p. 386. Check date values in: |year= (help)
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  36. ^ In DuckTales episode 26: "The Curse of Castle McDuck", Scrooge, the nephews, and Webby visit Scrooge's ancestral home in Scotland, only to be embroiled in a mystery surrounding Castle McDuck. Available on volume 1 DVD set.
  37. ^ Glasgow claims McDuck as its own, BBC, 1 October 2007
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  43. ^ Kirsten Stirling (2008). Bella Caledonia: woman, nation, text. Rodopi. p. 88. ISBN 978-90-420-2510-3.
  44. ^ Mark Royden Winchell (1996). Cleanth Brooks and the rise of modern criticism. University of Virginia Press. p. 11. ISBN 978-0-8139-1647-7.
  45. ^ Francis James Child, English and Scottish ballads, 3
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