Sunday Mail (Scotland)

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Sunday Mail
Front page on 10 April 2016, reporting on Scottish figures named in the Panama Papers
TypeSunday newspaper
Owner(s)Reach plc
Political alignmentScottish Greens (since May 2019)[1]
HeadquartersGlasgow, Scotland
Circulation145,757 (as of November 2017)[2]

The Sunday Mail is a Scottish tabloid newspaper published every Sunday. It is the sister paper of the Daily Record and is owned by Reach plc.


The newspaper places a strong emphasis on family values and it is well known for its campaigning journalism and hard-hitting investigations.

In September 1999, when Editor Jim Cassidy was sacked, the paper's circulation was 767,000. Its nearest rival was the Scottish edition of the News of the World which sold around 350,000 copies at that time.[3]

As of December 2016, the Sunday Mail had a circulation of 172,513.[4] This decreased to 166,195 as of February 2017,[5] 159,880 as of April 2017 [6] and 152,892 as of July 2017.[7]

On 12 May 2019, the Sunday Mail announced its support for the Scottish Green Party in the coming EU elections, becoming the first major publication in Scotland to back the party, despite disagreeing with the Greens' pro-independence stance.[8]

It should not be confused with The Mail on Sunday; the Daily Mail was unable to use the title Sunday Mail when it launched a Sunday edition in 1982 because of the Scottish paper.


1973: Clive Sandground[9]
1981: Endell Laird[10]
1988: Noel Young[11]
1991: Jim Cassidy[3]
1999: Peter Cox[12]
2000: Allan Rennie[13]
2009: Jim Wilson[14]
2016: Brendan McGinty[15]

News editor[edit]

  • Derek Alexander

Current news and features journalists[edit]

  • Norman Silvester
  • Craig McDonald
  • John Ferguson (Political Editor)
  • Julie-Anne Barnes
  • Heather Greenaway
  • Allan Bryce (Sports Editor)

Former news and features journalists[edit]

  • Marion Scott
  • Charles Lavery
  • Andrew Gold
  • Angus McLeod (political editor) [16]
  • Russell Findlay
  • Brian Lironi (political editor)
  • John Nairn
  • Bill Aitken
  • Alex Scotland
  • Steve Dinneen
  • Jamie Livingstone
  • Noreen Barr
  • Andy Sannholm
  • Suzie Cormack
  • Victoria Raimes
  • Archie McKay

Gavin Goodwin

  • Nick Hunter (Assistant Editor)
  • John Finlayson

Former columnists[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "In tomorrow's Sunday Mail, we announce our plans to back the Scottish Green Party in the upcoming European elections" Sunday Mail on Twitter. 11 May 2019. Retrieved 11 May 2019.
  2. ^ "ABCs: Increased bulks help Telegraph become only UK newspaper to increase circulation in November". Press Gazette. Retrieved 5 February 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Sunday Mail's 'secret shame'". 20 September 1999 – via The Guardian.
  4. ^ "Print ABCs: Seven UK national newspapers losing print sales at more than 10 per cent year on year". Press Gazette. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  5. ^ (PDF) Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ Twitter, Freddy Mayhew (18 May 2017). "Print ABCs: Bulks boost Times as Trinity Mirror nationals and Scottish dailies record double-digit circulation falls".
  7. ^ Twitter, Freddy Mayhew (17 August 2017). "Print ABCs: Metro only newspaper to grow distribution as all paid-for nationals lost sales in July".
  8. ^ Sunday Mail backs Scottish Green Party in European elections Daily Record. 12 May 2019. Retrieved 12 May 2019.
  9. ^ "Clive Sandground". Herald Scotland. 1 September 1993.
  10. ^ Greenslade, Roy (10 July 2015). "Endell Laird, former Daily Record and Sunday Mail editor, dies aged 81". The Guardian.
  11. ^ Young, Noel (6 May 2012). "Maxwell and all that: Could Warren Buffett more than fill his shoes?". The Drum.
  12. ^ "Cox new editor at The Daily Record".
  13. ^ "Allan Rennie – Speakers for Schools".
  14. ^ "Sunday Mail editor steps down - Journalism News from HoldtheFrontPage".
  15. ^ Mayhew, Freddy (13 October 2016). "News team merger to create seven-day operation at Sunday Mail and Daily Record puts 22 jobs at risk". Press Gazette.
  16. ^ Gow, David (12 October 2014). "Angus Macleod obituary" – via The Guardian.

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