The Herald (Glasgow)

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The Herald
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Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) Newsquest
Editor Magnus Llewellin
Founded 1783
Political alignment Pro-Union, Centre-left
Language English
Headquarters 200 Renfield Street
Glasgow, Scotland
Circulation 37,728 (see latest ABC certificate)[1]
Sister newspapers The Sunday Herald, The National, The Evening Times
ISSN 0965-9439
OCLC number 29991088
The Herald building in Glasgow

The Herald is a Scottish broadsheet newspaper founded in 1783.[2] It is the longest running national newspaper in the world[3] and the eighth oldest daily paper in the world.[4] It is currently printed at Cambuslang, just outside Glasgow.[5]


The newspaper was founded by John Mennons in January 1783 as a weekly publication called the Glasgow Advertiser. An early scoop for the paper was official news of the treaties of Versailles, which reached Mennons via the Lord Provost of Glasgow just as the first edition was being compiled. It was, however, only carried on the back page.[6][7]

In 1802, Mennons sold the newspaper to Benjamin Mathie and Dr James McNayr, former owner of the Glasgow Courier, though his son Thomas retained an interest in the company.[2] The new owners changed the name to The Herald and Advertiser and Commercial Chronicle in 1803 and to The Glasgow Herald in 1805, when Thomas Mennons severed his ties to the paper.[8]

From 1836 to 1964 the publication was owned by George Outram & Co.[3] becoming the first daily newspaper in Scotland in 1858.[3]

It was bought by Sir Hugh Fraser who sold it ten years later to the Lonrho empire.[3] In 1895, publication moved to a building in Mitchell Street and in 1980 it moved to offices in Albion Street in Glasgow, into the old Scottish Daily Express building.[citation needed]

The newspaper changed its name to The Herald on 3 February 1992.[9] That same year the title was bought by Caledonia Newspaper Publishing & Glasgow, and in 1996 was purchased by Scottish Television (later called the Scottish Media Group).[3] As of 2013, the newspaper, along with its related publications, the Evening Times and Sunday Herald, were owned by the Newsquest media group.[3]

Magnus Llewellin assumed editorship of The Herald on 1 February 2013. The paper is published Monday to Saturday in Glasgow and as of 2011 it had an audited circulation of 47,226.

Prominent columnists writing on the paper include Alison Rowat, Collete Douglas-Home, Ruth Wishart, Anne Johnstone, Ian Bell and Iain Macwhirter. It publishes the quarterly Scottish Review of Books as a supplement in the Saturday Herald. Notable past editors include: John Mennons, 1782; Samuel Hunter, 1803; George Outram, 1836; James Pagan, 1856; George MacDonald Fraser, 1964; Alan Jenkins, 1978; Arnold Kemp 1981; and Mark Douglas-Home, 2000.

The newspaper backed a 'No' vote in the referendum on Scottish independence.[10]

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  1. ^ McIvor, Jamie (12 August 2011). "Scottish daily paper sales slip". Glasgow: BBC Scotland. Retrieved 21 August 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Cowan, R. M. W. (1946). The newspaper in Scotland : a study of its first expansion, 1816-1860. Glasgow: G. Outram & Co. p. 21. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Terry, Stephen (2011). Glasgow Almanac: An A–Z of the City and Its People. Glasgow: Neil Wilson Publishing. Chapter 2, last page. 
  4. ^ Reid 2006, p. xiii.
  5. ^ "About HeraldScotland". Glasgow: Herald & Times Group. Retrieved 5 April 2013. 
  6. ^ Reid 2006, p. xiv.
  7. ^ "Glasgow". Glasgow Advertiser. 27 January 1783. p. 4. 
  8. ^ Maclehose, James (1886). Memoirs and portraits of one hundred Glasgow men who have died during the last thirty years and in their lives did much to make the city what it now is. Glasgow: James Maclehose & Sons. p. 259. 
  9. ^ Griffiths 1992, p. 305.
  10. ^ "The Herald's view: we back staying within UK, but only if there's more far-reaching further devolution". The Herald. 16 September 2014. p. 14. 


  • Griffiths, Dennis, ed. (1992). The Encyclopedia of the British Press, 1422-1992. London & Basingstoke: Macmillan. 
  • Phillips, Alastair (1983). Glasgow's Herald: Two Hundred Years of a Newspaper 1783-1983. Glasgow: Richard Drew Publishing. ISBN 0-86267-008-X. 
  • Reid, Harry (2006). Deadline: The Story of the Scottish Press. Edinburgh: Saint Andrew Press. ISBN 9-780715-208366. 

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