Caledonian Mercury

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Caledonian Mercury was the name of a Scottish newspaper, published three times a week between 1720–1867. In 2010 an online publication launched using the name.

16th century[edit]

Mercurius Caledonius which was believed to be Scotland's first newspaper (1660–1661).[1]

18th and 19th centuries[edit]

Caledonian Mercury was launched in 1720 and published three times until 1867.[2] In 1725, during the Scottish Malt Tax riots, rival political factions attempted to use newspapers like the Caledonian Mercury as their "mouthpieces", as a letter from Andrew Millar to Robert Wodrow illustrates.[3] The Caledonian Mercury, like its competitor The Edinburgh Evening Courant, was published thrice weekly from 1720. It was less prestigious than the Courant, largely because it was sold by a politically-motivated bookseller and because its editors did not include recent news from elsewhere in Britain and Europe.[4] Numbers published from 1800 on are available online for registered users of the National Library of Scotland website. In its final years it was published by Thomas Allan & Co from 265 High Street, on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh.[5][6]

Historical copies of the Caledonian Mercury, dating back to 1720, are available to search and view in digitized form at The British Newspaper Archive.[7]

21st century[edit]

In January 2010, a Scottish online newspaper launched which had the name Caledonian Mercury.[1][8] It was set up by Stewart Kirkpatrick (formerly responsible for The Scotsman website), Graham Jones and Tony Purcell. The site went live late at night on 24 January 2010 as Scotland's first web-only daily.[9] The paper produced content aimed at a Scottish audience, with an office in Edinburgh's Hanover Street, operating using a revenue-sharing model.[10] Kilpatrick left in August 2012.[11]

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  1. ^ a b "Caledonian Mercury: New online rival for Scottish press". BBC News. 25 January 2010. Retrieved 21 September 2015.
  2. ^ "Newspapers". National Library of Scotland. Retrieved 2015-09-21.
  3. ^ "The manuscripts, Letter from Andrew Millar to Robert Wodrow, 15 July, 1725. Andrew Millar Project. University of Edinburgh". Retrieved 2016-06-06.
  4. ^ "The manuscripts, Ibid". Retrieved 2016-06-06.
  5. ^ "Edinburgh Post Office annual directory, 1832–1833". National Library of Scotland. Retrieved 2015-09-21.
  6. ^ "Edinburgh Post Office annual directory, 1832–1833". National Library of Scotland. Retrieved 2015-09-21.
  7. ^ "Results | Caledonian Mercury | Publication". British Newspaper Archive. Retrieved 2015-09-21.
  8. ^ [1] Archived 5 March 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ Severin Carrell (25 January 2010). "Caledonian Mercury launches web challenge to Scottish national press | Media". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 September 2015.
  10. ^ Hartley, Sarah (21 May 2010). "Jeecamp: 'Jam tomorrow' at the Caledonian Mercury". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  11. ^ "Caledonian Mercury editor Stewart Kirkpatrick joins Yes Scotland camapign (sic)". Press Gazette. 8 August 2012. Retrieved 22 August 2017.

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