M - Z

Sorley Maclean

Sorley Maclean

1911 - 1996

Gaelic poet and man of letters, graduate of the University.

Sorley Maclean

Stone seal on the front of St Leonard's Land.

Jessie Chrystal MacMillan

1872 - 1937

Suffragist, founder of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, first woman science graduate of the University in 1896).

Jessie Chrystal MacMillan

Stone seal on the front of St Leonard's Land.

Sir William McEwan

1827 - 1913

Founder of the Brewery, Edinburgh MP, major benefactor of the University.

Sir William McEwan

Julius Kambarage Nyerere

Julius Kambarage Nyerere

1922 - 1999

African statesman, first President of Tanzania, graduate of the University.

Julius Kambarage Nyerere

William Playfair

William Henry Playfair

1790 - 1857

Creator of many fine buildings, architect of the University's 'Old College' and 'New College'.

William Henry Playfair

John Reid

General John G. Reid

1721 - 1807

Composer, musician, major benefactor of music at the University through the 'Reid Bequest', alumnus of the University.

General John G. Reid

Peter Mark Roget

Peter Mark Roget

1779 - 1869

Physician & Philologist, author of the Thesaurus of English Words & Phrases, graduate of the University.

Peter Mark Roget

Benjamin Rush

Benjamin Rush

1746 - 1813

Signatory, American Declaration of Independence, medical graduate of the University.

Benjamin Rush

Walter Scott

Sir Walter Scott

1771 - 1832

Novelist, poet, historian, father of the historical novel, alumnus of the University.

Sir Walter Scott

Robert Sibbald

Sir Robert Sibbald

1641-1722

Graduate of the University, Professor of Medicine (1685-1722), founder of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh.

Sir Robert Sibbald

James Simpson

Sir James Young Simpson

1811 - 1870

Pioneer of anaesthetics, graduate, Professor of Midwifery at the University.

Sir James Young Simpson

Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson

1850 - 1894

Poet, author of 'Treasure Island', 'Kidnapped', 'Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde', alumnus of the University.

Robert Louis Stevenson

Charles Thomson

Sir Charles W. Thomson

1830 - 1882

Challenger expedition leader, alumnus, Professor of Natural History at the University.

Sir Charles W. Thomson

Godfrey Thomson

Sir Godfrey H. Thomson

1881 - 1955

Authority on intelligence testing, graduate, Bell Professor of Education at the University.

Sir Godfrey H. Thomson

John Witherspoon

John Witherspoon

1723 - 1794

Signatory, American Declaration of Independence, President, College of New Jersey (Princeton), alumnus of the University.

John Witherspoon


Accessibility menu