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  • J. K. Rowling
    J.K. Rowling - Wikipedia J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter Website Joanne "Jo" Rowling , OBE ( born 31 July 1965 ), better known as J. K. Rowling is a British author best known as the creator of the Ha...
  • Ewan Gordon McGregor
    Ewan Gordon McGregor (born 31 March 1971) is a Scottish actor who has had success in mainstream, indie, and art house films. He is perhaps best known for his roles as heroin addict Mark Renton in the d...
  • Alexander Mackenzie, PC (1822 - 1892)
    Notes Politic affiliation: conservative Honors Honors Privy Council of the United Kingdom ~ Conseil privé (Royaume-Uni) ( PC ~ « PC ») Namesakes Mackenzie Build...
  • General Sir Archibald Campbell, 1st Baronet GCB (1769 - 1843)
    Wikipedia Biographical Summary " General Sir Archibald Campbell, 1st Baronet GCB (12 March 1769 – 6 October 1843) was an officer of the British Army.From 1824 to 1826, Gen. Campbell commanded ...

Famous People Connected to Perthshire

Historic County

Image right - David Douglass (1799-1834) who introduced the Douglas-fir into cultivation in 1827.

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  • General Edward Braddock (1695–1755) Born in Perthshire, British soldier and commander-in-chief for the 13 colonies during the actions at the start of the French and Indian War (1754–1765) which is also known in Europe as the Seven Years War (1756–1763).


  • General Sir Archibald Campbell, 1st Baronet GCB (1769–1843) Born at at Glen Lyon, Perthshire, was an officer of the British Army.From 1824 to 1826, Gen. Campbell commanded the British forces in the First Anglo-Burmese War
  • James Croll (1821–1890) Born near Wolfhill in Perthshire was a 19th-century Scottish scientist who developed a theory of climate change based on changes in the Earth's orbit.
  • Alan Cumming, OBE (born 27 January 1965 Aberfeldy, Perthshire), is a Scottish-American actor who has appeared in numerous films, television shows and plays.


  • David Douglas (1799 – 1834) was a Scottish botanist.who worked as a gardener, and explored the Scottish Highlands, North America, and Hawaii, where he died. He introduced the Douglas-fir into cultivation in 1827. He introduced the Douglas-fir into cultivation in 1827.
  • Alexander Duff, D.D. LLD. (1806–1878), was a Christian missionary in India, born at Auchnahyle, in the parish of Moulin, Perthshire. In India he played a large part in the development of higher education. He was the first overseas missionary of the Church of Scotland to India.
  • Thomas Duncan, RA (1807 – 25 May 1845) was a Scottish portrait and historical painter born in Kinclaven, Perthshire.



  • Adam Ferguson FRSE also known as Ferguson of Raith (1723 –1816) was a Scottish philosopher and historian of the Scottish Enlightenment.
  • Duncan Forbes (1798 – 1868) was a Scottish linguist born at Kinnaird, Perthshire







  • The Lady of Lawers was a Scottish soothsayer from the late 17th century. Around 1640, John Stewart, second son of Laird Duncan Stewart 5th of Appin, took for his wife a daughter of Sir James Campbell, Sheriff of Perthshire. Her Christian name was Mary Campbell, but she was always referred to as Baintighearn Labhuir or the Lady of Lawers.


  • Alexander Mackenzie, PC (1822 – 1892), a building contractor and newspaper editor, was the second Prime Minister of Canada from November 7, 1873 to October 8, 1878. Born Logierait, Perthshire.
  • John James Rickard Macleod, FRS (1876 – 1935) was a Scottish biochemist and physiologist, born Clunie, Perthshire.
  • Ewan Gordon McGregor OBE (born 31 March 1971 Perth) Scottish actor who has had success in mainstream, indie, and art house films. He is perhaps best known for his roles as heroin addict Mark Renton in the drama Trainspotting (1996)
  • Sir Charles Menzies (1783-1866) respected soldier with the Royal Marines, fighting with Horatio Nelson in the Napoleonic Wars and later rising to the rank of general before becoming aide de camp to the Queen. Charles Menzies is best remembered for the founding of Newcastle, New South Wales and the successful commencement of its settlement between the age of 21 and 22.






  • John Reid (1721–1807), 15th and last Baron Reid, previously known as John Robertson, was a British army general and founder of the chair of music at the University of Edinburgh.
  • Joanne "Jo" Rowling OBE FRSL (born 31 July 1965, pen name J. K. Rowling, is a British novelist, best known as the author of the Harry Potter fantasy series.


  • James Small (1835-1900) was a Justice of the Peace and Deputy Lieutenant for the County of Perth, Scotland and the Laird of Dirnanean.
  • Major-General John Small (13 March 1726 – 17 March 1796) was a British military officer who played a key role in raising and leading the 84th Regiment of Foot (Royal Highland Emigrants) during the American Revolution.
  • The Reverend Dr Robert Stirling (25 October 1790 – 6 June 1878) was a Scottish clergyman, and inventor of the Stirling engine.


  • John Sen Inches Thomson (1845-1933), was a Scottish whaler and sealer, ship owner, captain and author. In 1877, Inches Thomson and his crew were sailing on the Bencleugh when she shipwrecked during a terrific gale off Macquarie Island, Tasmania, Australia. After four months on the island the crew was rescued by the Bencleugh's sister ship, Friendship. In 1912, Inches Thomson released a book detailing the highlights of his sea voyages, including his time as a castaway.




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