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Scottish Books

There are many books that feature the Scots and Scottish culture, or are written by Scots, or are set in Scotland, but it can be hard to find them.

These lists should help.

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Set in Scotland

Five Red Herrings

by Dorothy Sayers

To the Hilt

by Dick Francis

Set in Kirkcudbright, Scotland, the story features the death of a painter under suspicious circumstances. Lord Peter Wimsey solves the case.

Set partially in Scotland and partially in London, painter Alexander Kinloch, nephew of a Scottish earl, is summoned from his bothy to save the family finances and honor.

Written by Scots

Robert Lewis Balfour Stevenson

Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle

Best known for his works such as Treasure Island, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Kidnapped, and A Child's Garden of Verses. Born and educated in Edinburgh, he traveled extensively and died in Samoa.

The creator of Sherlock Holmes was born in Edinburgh of Irish and Ulster-Scot ancestry. He studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh and it was there he began writing with an insider's understanding of life and violent death.

Featuring Scots and Scottishness of Every Ilk

The Mark of the Scots by Duncan A. Bruce

The Flying Scotsman by Sally Magnusson

A compilation of (some) of the contributions the Scots have made to history, science, democracy, literature, the arts, architecture, geography, medicine, and men's fashions. 

A biography of Eric Liddell, the hero of the 1924 Paris Olympic Games and the movie Chariots of Fire , a missionary to China in WWII, and a martyr who died in a Japanese concentration camp because his faith was stronger than his fear. 

Loch Lonach Mysteries


In the manner of Peter Wimsey, Miss Marple, and Brother Cadfael comes a series of mysteries set in a community peopled by evocative characters that read like old friends. The distinctive Scottish voices offer a glimpse into a world not usually open to modern readers and the deftly woven tales of deceit and greed will have all comers cheering the triumph of good over evil. The men in kilts just make it that much more fun.

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