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The first Scottish newspapers of any significance and continuance were the '''Edinburgh Evening Courant (1718)''' and the '''Caledonian Mercury (1720)''', which were national papers and gave little local news.
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The first regional papers were the '''Glasgow Journal (1741)''' and the '''Aberdeen Journal (1748)'''. The first paper that gave substantial coverage to local news was the '''Glasgow Mercury (1778)'''.  
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==Online Databases==
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*{{RecordSearch|2562514|British Newspaper Archive, Family Notices}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*{{RecordSearch|2562508|British Newspaper Archives, Obituaries}}
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*[https://search.findmypast.com/search/british-newspapers British Newspapers] ($)
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*[https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-Records/scotland-newspaper-death-reports Scotland, Newspaper Death Reports] ($)
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1220 Perth, Scotland Newspaper index Cards, 1809 - 1990] ($)
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1206 Fife, Scotland, Cupar Library Newspaper Index Cards, 1833 - 1987] ($)
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7198 Edinburgh Advertiser (Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland), 1771 - 1909] ($)
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7199 Edinburgh weekly Journal, Edinburgh Midlothian, Scotland, 1801 - 1808] ($)
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*{{RecordSearch|3736290|United Kingdom, Quakers Annual Monitor, 1849}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index, images available through findmypast
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8076 Edinburgh Evening Courant (Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland, 1867 - 1869] ($)
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7200 Edinburgh Courant, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland, 1884] ($)
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7059 Scotsman Newspaper, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland, 1945] ($)
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*[http://archive.scotsman.com/ The Scotsman Digital Archive, 1817-1950]
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*[https://www.runaways.gla.ac.uk/ Runaway Slaves in Britain], searchable database of runaway advertisements in the 1700s
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*[https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-Records/scotland-newspaper-birth-notices Scotland Newspapers],index & images ($)
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*[https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-Records/scotland-newspaper-death-reports-and-obituaries Scotland, Newspaper Death Reports & Obituaries], index & images ($)
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*[https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-Records/scotland-newspaper-marriage-and-anniversary-notices Scotland, Newspaper Marriage & Anniversary Notices,] index & images ($)
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*[https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-Records/scotland-edinburgh-gazette-1797-2018 Scotland, Edinburgh Gazette 1797-2018] at FindMyPast.com - index & images, ($)
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==Introduction==
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While the earliest Scottish newspapers began in the mid-1600s, newspapers became more established in the early 1700s. The first Scottish newspapers of any significance and continuance were the ''Edinburgh Evening Courant'' (1718-1871) and the ''Caledonian Mercury'' (1720-1867), which were national papers and gave little local news. Edinburgh was the main center for newspaper circulation and production during the 1700s. Circulation of newspapers was relatively low throughout the 1700s and into the 1800s. See [https://www.nls.uk/collections/rarebooks/collections/newspapers National Library of Scotland] for more information.<ref>"Newspapers." ''National Library of Scotland.'' http://www.nls.uk. Accessed 27 July 2018.</ref>
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The first regional papers were the ''Glasgow Journal'' (1741) and the ''Aberdeen Journal'' (1748). The first paper that gave substantial coverage to local news was the ''Glasgow Mercury'' (1778).
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In newspapers you may find such information as:
  
Many more newspapers came into being after the French Revolution.
 
You may find information such as;
 
 
*local events
 
*local events
 
*births
 
*births
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*deaths
 
*deaths
 
*obituaries of local worthies
 
*obituaries of local worthies
*advertisements.
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*advertisements
Information taken from newspapers may be indexed to varying extents.  
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Early newspapers did not contain any local information; national events and information were instead published. The later newspapers contained more local information, including births, marriages, and deaths.
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==Accessing the Records==
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Scottish newspapers can be found in many different repositories and databases. Although not all Scottish newspapers have been digitized and put online, many have been. The information taken from these newspapers may be indexed to varying extents depending on the database.
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===Online===
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A number of Scottish newspapers have been digitized.
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FamilySearch has a couple collections of British newspapers (Scotland included):
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*{{RecordSearch|2562514|British Newspaper Archive, Family Notices}}
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*{{RecordSearch|2562508|British Newspaper Archives, Obituaries}}
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FindMyPast has a large collection Scottish newspapers in their British newspaper collection:
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*[https://search.findmypast.com/search/british-newspapers British Newspapers] ($)
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Ancestry has multiple collections of Scottish newspapers, especially those in Edinburgh:
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1220 Perth, Scotland Newspaper index Cards, 1809 - 1990] ($)
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1206 Fife, Scotland, Cupar Library Newspaper Index Cards, 1833 - 1987] ($)
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7198 Edinburgh Advertiser (Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland), 1771 - 1909] ($)
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7199 Edinburgh weekly Journal, Edinburgh Midlothian, Scotland, 1801 - 1808] ($)
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8076 Edinburgh Evening Courant (Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland, 1867 - 1869] ($)
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7200 Edinburgh Courant, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland, 1884] ($)
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7059 Scotsman Newspaper, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland, 1945] ($)
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The Scotsman has a free database of their newspapers, dating back to 1817:
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*[http://archive.scotsman.com/ The Scotsman Digital Archive, 1817-1950]
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Here are websites that list current and historic Scottish newspapers (with links to those websites if they exist):
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*[http://www.bl.uk/reshelp/findhelprestype/webres/scottishnews/index.html Scottish Newspapers on the Internet]
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*[http://www.world-newspapers.com/scotland.html World-Newspapers]
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*[http://www.abyznewslinks.com/ukingsc.htm ABYZ News Links]
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*[http://globalgenealogy.com/globalgazette/gazed/gazed137.htm GlobalGenealogy]
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*[http://www.onlinenewspapers.com/scotland.htm OnlineNewspapers]
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===In Print===
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You can find copies of newspapers in the collections of the Newspaper Library section of the:
  
You can find copies of newspapers in the collections of the Newspaper Library section of the;
 
 
*British Library
 
*British Library
 
*National Library of Scotland
 
*National Library of Scotland
 
*Scottish history libraries
 
*Scottish history libraries
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For a comprehensive list of Scottish newspapers and their locations, see:  
 
For a comprehensive list of Scottish newspapers and their locations, see:  
  
*Ferguson, J.P.S. ''Directory of Scottish Newspapers''. Edinburgh, Scotland: National Library of Scotland, 1984. (Family History Library book {{FHL|95104|title-id|disp=941 B3f}}.)  
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*Ferguson, J.P.S. ''Directory of Scottish Newspapers''. Edinburgh, Scotland: National Library of Scotland, 1984. (Family History Library book {{FHL|95104|title-id|disp=941 B3f}}.)
  
 
Other lists of holdings of Scottish newspapers include:  
 
Other lists of holdings of Scottish newspapers include:  
  
*Catalogue of the British Newspaper Library'', Colindale. 8 vols. London, England: British Museum Publications, 1975. (Family History Library book {{FHL|942 A5cn|disp=Q 942 A5cn<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1234211963005_160" />}}.)  
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*Catalogue of the British Newspaper Library, Colindale. 8 vols. London, England: British Museum Publications, 1975. (Family History Library book {{FHL|942 A5cn|disp=Q 942 A5cn}}.)
 
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*Ferguson, Joan P. S. ''Scottish Newspapers Held in Scottish Libraries.'' Edinburgh, Scotland: Scottish Central Library, 1956. (Family History Library book {{FHL|207535|title-id|disp=941 B3f}}; {{FHL|207535|title-id|disp=film 924676 item 4}}.)
*Ferguson, Joan P. S. ''Scottish Newspapers Held in Scottish Libraries.'' Edinburgh, Scotland: Scottish Central Library, 1956. (Family History Library book {{FHL|207535|title-id|disp=941 B3f}}; {{FHL|207535|title-id|disp=film 924676 item 4}}.)  
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*North, John S. ''The Waterloo Directory of Scottish Newspapers and Periodicals, 1800-1900.'' 2 vols. Waterloo, Ontario: North Waterloo Academic Press, 1989. (Family History Library&nbsp;book Ref. {{FHL|941 B33n|disp=941 B33n}}.)
 
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*Crane, R.S., and F. B. Kaye. ''A Census of British Newspapers and Periodicals, 1620-1800''. 2nd ed. London: Holland Press, 1966. (Family History Library book {{FHL|107727|title-id|disp=942 B3ce}}.) This lists holdings in major U.S. libraries.
*North, John S. ''The Waterloo Directory of Scottish Newspapers and Periodicals, 1800-1900.'' 2 vols. Waterloo, Ontario: North Waterloo Academic Press, 1989. (Family History Library&nbsp;book Ref. {{FHL|941 B33n|disp=941 B33n}}.)  
 
 
 
*Crane, R.S., and F. B. Kaye. ''A Census of British Newspapers and Periodicals, 1620-1800''. 2nd ed. London: Holland Press, 1966. (Family History Library book {{FHL|107727|title-id|disp=942 B3ce}}.) This lists holdings in major U.S. libraries.  
 
  
 
The Family History Library has no Scottish newspapers, but it does have some indexes and other related materials. You can find them in the Locality Search of the FamilySearch Catalog under:  
 
The Family History Library has no Scottish newspapers, but it does have some indexes and other related materials. You can find them in the Locality Search of the FamilySearch Catalog under:  
  
SCOTLAND - NEWSPAPERS  
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:SCOTLAND - NEWSPAPERS
  
SCOTLAND, [COUNTY] - NEWSPAPERS  
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:SCOTLAND, [COUNTY] - NEWSPAPERS
  
 
Modern newspapers can be helpful for finding living relatives or obtaining the services of someone to make searches in the locality from where your ancestors came. To obtain addresses for current newspapers use:  
 
Modern newspapers can be helpful for finding living relatives or obtaining the services of someone to make searches in the locality from where your ancestors came. To obtain addresses for current newspapers use:  
  
''Benn’s Press Directory.'' Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England: United Newspapers Ltd, 1996. (Family History Library book Ref {{FHL|806814|title-id|disp=942 B3n}}.)  
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:''Benn’s Press Directory.'' Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England: United Newspapers Ltd, 1996. (Family History Library book Ref {{FHL|806814|title-id|disp=942 B3n}}.)
 
 
=== External Links  ===
 
 
 
*[http://www.onlinenewspapers.com/scotland.htm onlinenewspapers]
 
*[http://www.world-newspapers.com/scotland.html world-newspapers]
 
*[http://www.abyznewslinks.com/ukingsc.htm abyznewslinks]
 
*[http://globalgenealogy.com/globalgazette/gazed/gazed137.htm globalgenealogy/globalgazette]
 
 
 
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==References==
  
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Latest revision as of 13:38, 27 July 2021

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Online Databases[edit | edit source]

Introduction[edit | edit source]

While the earliest Scottish newspapers began in the mid-1600s, newspapers became more established in the early 1700s. The first Scottish newspapers of any significance and continuance were the Edinburgh Evening Courant (1718-1871) and the Caledonian Mercury (1720-1867), which were national papers and gave little local news. Edinburgh was the main center for newspaper circulation and production during the 1700s. Circulation of newspapers was relatively low throughout the 1700s and into the 1800s. See National Library of Scotland for more information.[1]

The first regional papers were the Glasgow Journal (1741) and the Aberdeen Journal (1748). The first paper that gave substantial coverage to local news was the Glasgow Mercury (1778).

In newspapers you may find such information as:

  • local events
  • births
  • marriages
  • deaths
  • obituaries of local worthies
  • advertisements

Early newspapers did not contain any local information; national events and information were instead published. The later newspapers contained more local information, including births, marriages, and deaths.

Accessing the Records[edit | edit source]

Scottish newspapers can be found in many different repositories and databases. Although not all Scottish newspapers have been digitized and put online, many have been. The information taken from these newspapers may be indexed to varying extents depending on the database.

Online[edit | edit source]

A number of Scottish newspapers have been digitized.

FamilySearch has a couple collections of British newspapers (Scotland included):

FindMyPast has a large collection Scottish newspapers in their British newspaper collection:

Ancestry has multiple collections of Scottish newspapers, especially those in Edinburgh:

The Scotsman has a free database of their newspapers, dating back to 1817:


Here are websites that list current and historic Scottish newspapers (with links to those websites if they exist):

In Print[edit | edit source]

You can find copies of newspapers in the collections of the Newspaper Library section of the:

  • British Library
  • National Library of Scotland
  • Scottish history libraries

For a comprehensive list of Scottish newspapers and their locations, see:

  • Ferguson, J.P.S. Directory of Scottish Newspapers. Edinburgh, Scotland: National Library of Scotland, 1984. (Family History Library book 941 B3f.)

Other lists of holdings of Scottish newspapers include:

  • Catalogue of the British Newspaper Library, Colindale. 8 vols. London, England: British Museum Publications, 1975. (Family History Library book Q 942 A5cn.)
  • Ferguson, Joan P. S. Scottish Newspapers Held in Scottish Libraries. Edinburgh, Scotland: Scottish Central Library, 1956. (Family History Library book 941 B3f; film 924676 item 4.)
  • North, John S. The Waterloo Directory of Scottish Newspapers and Periodicals, 1800-1900. 2 vols. Waterloo, Ontario: North Waterloo Academic Press, 1989. (Family History Library book Ref. 941 B33n.)
  • Crane, R.S., and F. B. Kaye. A Census of British Newspapers and Periodicals, 1620-1800. 2nd ed. London: Holland Press, 1966. (Family History Library book 942 B3ce.) This lists holdings in major U.S. libraries.

The Family History Library has no Scottish newspapers, but it does have some indexes and other related materials. You can find them in the Locality Search of the FamilySearch Catalog under:

SCOTLAND - NEWSPAPERS
SCOTLAND, [COUNTY] - NEWSPAPERS

Modern newspapers can be helpful for finding living relatives or obtaining the services of someone to make searches in the locality from where your ancestors came. To obtain addresses for current newspapers use:

Benn’s Press Directory. Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England: United Newspapers Ltd, 1996. (Family History Library book Ref 942 B3n.)

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Newspapers." National Library of Scotland. http://www.nls.uk. Accessed 27 July 2018.