OTD 25 January 1817

The first ever edi­tion of The Scots­man, or Edin­burgh Polit­i­cal and Lit­er­ary Jour­nal was pro­duced on Sat­ur­day, Jan­u­ary 25 1817, from premis­es in Edin­burgh’s High Street. It was orig­i­nal­ly pub­lished week­ly, and became a dai­ly news­pa­per in 1850. The pro­pri­etors announced that their ‘first desire is to be hon­est, the sec­ond is to be useful’.

OTD 19 January 1757

Thomas Rud­di­man was born near Banff in 1674, son of a farmer, and was edu­cat­ed at the local gram­mar school and at Aberdeen Uni­ver­si­ty. After a peri­od as a pri­vate tutor, and as the school­mas­ter at Lau­rencekirk, he moved to Edin­burgh in 1700 to become the assis­tant librar­i­an at the Fac­ul­ty of Advo­cates. He was […]

OTD 15 January 1826

Found­ed in Kel­so in 1796, James Bal­lan­tyne was found­ed in Kel­so in 1796. Archibald Con­sta­ble, Scot­t’s pub­lish­er, com­mis­sioned Bal­lan­tyne to print his Min­strel­sy of the Scot­tish Bor­der, which led to the fir­m’s move to Edin­burgh in 1802. After set­ting up near Holy­rood, they moved to Foulis Close in the Canon­gate before set­tling in Paul’s Work, […]

Talk by Helen Williams

As part of the Nation­al Trust for Scot­land’s Glad­stone’s Land Lec­ture Series, the Trust’s Hon­orary Sec­re­tary, Helen S Williams will be giv­ing a talk on August 31 on Edin­burgh’s Print Work­ers and their Organ­i­sa­tions. Print­ers had a tra­di­tion of col­lec­tive organ­i­sa­tion: the typo­graph­i­cal soci­eties, which lat­er became the print unions, oper­at­ed as wel­fare organ­i­sa­tions for […]

Relief printmaking course at Edinburgh Printmakers

Edin­burgh Print­mak­ers are run­ning cours­es on relief print-mak­ing from 10 Novem­ber, tak­ing place over a series of six weeks. For more details and infor­ma­tion on how to book, see the EP website.

Typographic Surprise event in October

On Thurs­day 20 Octo­ber 2022, the Trust’s Sec­re­tary, Helen Williams, is giv­ing an online talk on Edin­burgh in Print in the Typo­graph­ic Sur­pris­es! series organ­ised by the Print­ing His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety. This event is free and online but book­ing is required through this link.

Breaking the news exhibition

A pop-up dis­play based on the British Library’s Break­ing the News exhi­bi­tion is on view at Edin­burgh’s Cen­tral Library. The dis­plays draw upon each library’s indi­vid­ual col­lec­tion and region­al con­nec­tions to cel­e­brate the val­ue of region­al news in com­mu­ni­ties across the UK. It is on dis­play 4 July — 4 August 2022. Break­ing the News […]

Edinburgh Printmakers open day

Edin­burgh Print­mak­ers is par­tic­i­pat­ing in Scot­land’s Work­shops Week with an Open Day on Sat­ur­day 9th April from 11am-4pm. Activ­i­ties will include print­mak­ing work­shops, talks and print­mak­ing demon­stra­tions. All events and talks will be book­able in advance from Wednes­day 30 March. For more details see the Edin­burgh Print­mak­ers’ website.