Script errorTemplate:Listdev 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] In modern use, "Scottish people" or "Scots" refer to anyone born in Scotland or who has family origins in Scotland.

Fictional Scottish charactersEdit

  • Dr. Finlay - the central character of popular stories by A.J.Cronin, set in the fictional village of Tannochbrae. Other characters included partner Dr Cameron, housekeeper Janet and rival Dr Snoddie.[8] The television productions have been seen as an example of modern Kailyardism.[9]
  • Groundskeeper Willie - a well-loved character in The Simpsons. He has flaming red hair and a powerful, muscular body.[13] A 2007 study conducted in the US concluded that Willie was the character that US residents "...most believe personifies the Scottish temperament."[14]
  • James Bond - following the success of Sean Connery in the role, author Ian Fleming gave Bond a mixed parentage - a Scottish father and Swiss mother. This background gave the character a colonial perspective, being an outsider in England.[17]
  • Montgomery Scott - the chief engineer in Star Trek, who was regularly ordered with the famous catchphrase, "Beam me up, Scotty".[21] The actor, James Doohan, was Canadian and auditioned with a variety of accents but suggested that Scottish would be best for the character, following the long tradition of Scottish nautical engineering. Director Gene Roddenberry liked the accent and so it was settled.[22]
  • Neil Niren MD - in the role of a Pennsylvanian dermatologist in Only When I Laugh.
  • Para Handy - the captain of a puffer on the Clyde in the popular stories by Neil Munro, which have been filmed many times.[23] His crew included Dan Macphail, Dougie, Hurricane Jack, Sunny Jim and The Tar.[24]
  • Taggart - the title character of the successful television drama about a Glaswegian detective.[31]
  • Tam Lin - a knight in thrall to the Queen of Faerie in the ballad of that name.[32]

Real Scottish people who have been extensively fictionalised or mythologised Edit

  • Macbeth as in Shakespeare's play.

See alsoEdit


  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. pp. 386. 
  2. Anthony Richard (TRN) Birley, Cornelius Tacitus; Cayo Cornelio Tácito. Agricola and Germany. Oxford University Press. 
  3. Rick Fulton (Mar 22 2010), "It's great to be a Scots redhead in the Tardis", Daily Record, 
  4. Gerard Carruthers (2009). Scottish literature. Edinburgh University Press. p. 128. ISBN 9780748633098. 
  5. Andrew Nash, Kailyard and Scottish literature, p. 225, 
  6. Shawn Shimpach, Television in Transition: The Life and Afterlife of the Narrative Action Hero, 
  7. Christopher Harvie (2004). Scotland and nationalism: Scottish society and politics, 1707 to the present. Routledge. p. 99. ISBN 9780415327251. 
  8. Robert Crawford, Scotland's books: a history of Scottish literature, 
  9. Andrew Nash (2007), Kailyard and Scottish literature, p. 234, 
  10. Neil Blain, David Hutchison (2008), The media in Scotland, 
  11. G. Gregory Smith, Scottish Literature, Character & Influence, 
  12. Charles Frederick Partington, The British cyclopædia of literature, history, geography, law, and politics, 
  13. Cort Cass, The Redhead Handbook, 
  14. "Groundskeeper Willie is the classic Scot for Americans". The Scotsman. 2007-09-19. Retrieved 2010-07-10. 
  15. Ronald Carter, John McRae, The Routledge history of literature in English: Britain and Ireland, 
  16. Fiona MacGregor (12 February 2008), "The greatest work of fiction?", The Scotsman, 
  17. Vivian Halloran, Ian Fleming & James Bond: the cultural politics of 007, 
  18. Berthold Schoene-Harwood, The Edinburgh companion to contemporary Scottish literature, 
  19. J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Sparknotes, 
  20. Frank Northen Magill (1983), Survey of modern fantasy literature, 
  21. Stacey Endres, Robert Cushman, Hollywood at your feet, p. 330, 
  22. James Van Hise, The Man Who Created Star Trek, p. 26, 
  23. Neil Wilson, Alan Murphy, "Essential Scottish Reads", Scotland, 
  24. Alan Norman Bold, Scotland: a literary guide, 
  25. Jeffrey Richards, Films and British national identity: from Dickens to Dad's army, 
  26. Richard Webber, The complete A-Z of Dad's Army, p. 228, 
  27. John Corbett, Language and Scottish literature, 
  28. Maureen M. Martin (2009), "Redgauntlet, the Lowlands, and the Historicity of Scottish Nationhood", The mighty Scot, 
  29. Douglas S. Mack, Scottish fiction and the British Empire, 
  30. Lucy Hewitt (24 December 2008). "Best fictional Scots character". The Scotsman. 
  31. Adrienne Scullion, "Scottish identity and representation in television drama", Group identities on French and British television, 
  32. Graham Seal, Encyclopedia of folk heroes, 
  33. Hugh Walker, Three Centuries of Scottish Literature, 
  34. Graham Seal, Encyclopedia of folk heroes, 
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