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Famous Alumni

In the course of its near 780 year history, the School has educated a substantial number of individuals who have become well-known on account of their achievements across a range of different fields.  

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Stretching as far back as the famous Scottish patriot, William Wallace, who was reputed to have been a student at the Grammar School in Dundee (one of the High School's precursors), right the way through to record-breaking around the world cyclist Mark Beaumont, the School can count among its former pupils a number who have well and truly made their mark. 

1270 - 1305 Sir William Wallace  Scottish patriot 
1465 - 1628 Hector Boece  First Principal University of Aberdeen
1544 - 1628 Sir Hector Young  Tutor to james VI
1636 - 1691 Sir George Mackenzie  Lord Advocate, founder of the Advocates' Library 
1731 - 1804 Adam Duncan  Admiral of the Royal Navy
1750 - 1774 Robert Fergusson  Poet
1786 - 1861 Sir Hugh Lyon Playfair  Provost of St Andrews
1825 - 1892 Sir William Aitken  Pathologist
1843 - 1897 Alexander Crawford Lamb  Dundee Hotelier, Antiquarian and Art Collector
1845 - 1933 Robert Fleming  Founder of Flemings Bank
1855 - 1935 James Alfred Ewing  Physicist and Engineer
1861 - 1954 David Coupar Thomson  Newspaper Proprietor DC Thomson
1862 - 1936 Andrew Macbeth Anderson  Solicitor General for Scotland
1863 - 1913 Mary Lily Walker  Social Reformer 
1880 - 1953 Sir David Anderson  Civil Engineer and Lawyer
1880 - 1915 Preston Watson  Aviator argued to have made the World's first powered flight
1921 - 2003 Lord Walter Perry  First Vice Chancellor of the Open University
1922 - 2014 Professor Sir Alan Peacock  Economist, Vice Chancellor University of Buckingham
1927 The Rt. Hon Lord Ross (Donald Ross)  Lord Justice Clark
1933 Dave Duncan  Author
1935 The Rt. Hon Lord Cullen of Whitekirk (Douglas Cullen)  Lord President of the Court of Session
1938 - 2006 Iain MacMillan  Photographer who took the cover photograph for The Beatles' Abbey Road album
1945 Very Rev Dr Finlay MacDonald  Moderator of General Assembly Church of Scotland
1954 Frank Hadden  Former Scottish Rugby Union Coach
1954 - 2014 David Taylor  General Secretary of UEFA
1955 Brian Taylor  BBC Political Journalist and Broadcaster 
1956 Professor Dame Anne Glover  Former Chief Scientific Advisor for Scotland and former Chief Scientific Adviser to the President of the European Commission   
1957 Ricky Ross  Singer/songwriter and member of Deacon Blue
1959 Andrew Marr  Political Journalist and Broadcaster
1965 AL Kennedy  Author
1971 Andy Nicol  Former Scottish Rugby Union internationalist and captain
1975 KT Tunstall  Singer/songwriter
1976 Jon Petrie Former Scottish Rugby Union Internationalist and captain
1977 Martel Maxwell  Journalist and Broadcaster
1983 Mark Beaumont  World Record breaking around the world cyclist and adventurer and broadcaster
1983 Alasdair Dickinson  Scottish Rugby Union internationalist
1987 Richie Vernon  Scottish Rugby Union internationalist 
1990 Eilish McColgan  Olympic athlete   
1991 Joanna Vanderham  Actress
1996 Zander Fagerson  Scottish Rugby Union internationalist