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Scots and Scotland in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (www.oxforddnb.com) tells the life stories of more than 58,000 men and women (deceased in or before 2007) who have shaped British history worldwide. Of these, more than 6000 were born or lived in Scotland, or left their mark on aspects of Scottish life—from politics to sport, industry to the arts.


In October 2009 the Oxford DNB further extended its Scottish coverage with a set of new biographies (including Christian Fletcher and Jean Armour)—together with a feature on the ‘Faces of Scotland’ highlighting major figures from Scotland’s past.


Together these subjects span 1500 years of Scottish history, beginning with the sixth-century St Moluag (said to have arrived on Lismore on a stone ‘like no other’) and concluding with close contemporaries such as actor and comedian Rikki Fulton (1924–2004) and politician Robin Cook (1946-2005).


The Oxford DNB is a subscriber service and the following searches require subscriber access through a public or university library. Online access is available free via nearly all public libraries in Scotland (and also across the UK). Libraries now provide ‘remote access’ allowing you to log-in free—from anywhere, at anytime—via your public library’s account. More details on free access.


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