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  • Wallace, James
    Usually called Colonel Wallace, leader of the Covenanters at the battle of Pentland hills.
  • Wallace, Robert
    Celebrated as the author of a work on the numbers of mankind, and for his exertions in establishing the Scottish Ministers’ Widows’ Fund.
  • Wallace, William
    A talented mathematician.
  • Wallace, William
    Scots patriot in the time of Robert the Bruce.
  • Wardlaw, Henry
    Bishop of St Andrews, and founder of the university there.
  • Wardlaw, Ralph
    An able controversialist, eloquent preacher, and graceful popular writer.
  • Watson, James
    Printer and Publisher
  • Watson, Robert
    Author of the History of the Reign of Philip II. of Spain.
  • Watson-Watt, Sir Robert
    Inventor of the radar.
  • Watt, James
    When Edison's generator was coupled with Watt's steam engine, large scale electricity generation became a practical proposition. James Watt, the Scottish inventor of the steam condensing engine, was born in 1736. His improvements to steam engines were patented over a period of 15 years, starting in 1769 and his name was given to the electric unit of power, the Watt.
  • Watt, Robert
    The author of the BIBLIOTHECA BRITANNICA, and of several medical treatises.
  • Waugh, Alexander
    An eminent divine of the United Secession church.
  • Webster, Alexander
    An eminent divine and statistical inquirer.
  • Wedderburn, Alexander
    First earl of Rosslyn.
  • Wedderburn, David
    A poet of considerable eminence.
  • Wedderburn, James
    A poet of the sixteenth century.
  • Weir, Tom
    Climber, Photographer, Broadcaster
  • Welch, John
    A celebrated divine of the seventeenth century.
  • Wellwood, Sir Henry Moncrieff
    An eminent divine.
  • Welsh, David
    A distinguished scholar and divine.
  • West, John
    Pioneer and salmon canner
  • Whyte-Melville, George John
    Author
  • Wilkie, Sir David
    The Burns of Scottish Painting.
  • Wilkie, William
    The "Scottish Homer," as he has been called, from the circumstance of his having been the author of a poem in the style of the Iliad
    entitled the "Epigoniad."
  • William, the Lion
    One of the most distinguished of our early monarchs.
  • Williamson, Charles
    One man brought Rochester, Carroll and Fitzhugh to the Genesee Valley. Williamsburgh owed its existence to one man. The New York State towns and cities of Sodus, Geneva, Bath, Caledonia and Lyons also owed their presence to one man. Charles Williamson.
  • Willison, John
    An eminent divine, and author of several well known religious works.
  • Willock, John
    One of the earliest Scottish reformers.
  • Wilson, Alexander
    The celebrated ornithologist.
  • Wilson, Charles Thomas Rees
    Nobel Prize Winner
  • Wilson, Florence
    An author of some note.
  • Wilson, James
    the greatest of all U.S. secretaries of agriculture
  • Wilson, James Grant
    Author and Editor and American Colonel in the Union Army.
  • Wilson, John
    Professor of Moral Philosophy, Edinburgh.
  • Wilson, William Rae
    A popular traveller and writer.
  • Winning, Cardinal Thomas
    The Scottish Cardinal called "Cardinal Controversy".
  • Winram, John
    Superintendent of Fife and Stratherne.
  • Wishart, George
    A learned divine, and educated writer of the seventeenth century.
  • Wishart, George
    A distinguished protestant martyr.
  • Witherspoon, Dr John
    Born 1723. Clergyman born in Gifford, East Lothian. Minister at Beith, then Paisley. Emigrated to U.S.A. in 1768 to become President of Princeton University (then the College of New Jersey). He taught and influenced many future leaders of the US. Helped frame the US Declaration of Independence and was one of the signatories. Also coined the word "Americanism".
  • Wodrow, Robert
    The faithful and laborious author of the "History of the Sufferings of the Church of Scotland."
  • Wood, Alexander
    Scottish physician Alexander Wood introduced the hypodermic syringe in 1853.
  • Wood, Sir Andrew
    Admiral to James III. and James IV.
  • Wylie, Sir James
    Doctor to the Czar's of Russia.
  • Wyntoun, Andrew
    The venerable rhyming chronicler of Scotland.

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