The Scots Magazine

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The Scots Magazine
CategoriesScottish magazines
First issue1739
CompanyDC Thomson

The Scots Magazine is a magazine containing articles on subjects of Scottish interest. It is the oldest magazine in the world still in publication[1] although there have been several gaps in its publication history. It has reported on events from the defeat of the Jacobites through the Napoleonic wars to the Second World War and on to the creation of the new Scottish Parliament.

It was originally published in January 1739[2] its first edition being dated Monday 9 February 1739 and publication continued until 1826; at which point sales had declined to such a point that it was withdrawn. However, in December 1887 publication resumed as a partial successor to The Scottish Church under a new owner (S. Cowan, Perth) and continued until 1893 when once again it was withdrawn. It was published between 1922 and 1924 as The Scottish Church. In 1924 publication as The Scots Magazine resumed, this time by the St Andrew's Society (Glasgow). In 1927 D. C. Thomson & Co. Ltd took over and have continued to publish it ever since.[3]

With a monthly average readership of over 259,000 The Scots Magazine is the world's best-selling Scottish-interest publication, containing articles on culture, history, nature, etc, and is targeted at Scots at home and abroad.

In 2013, the magazine moved to the new B5 format. This gives the magazine much greater visibility on crowded magazine shelves and liberated designers allowing them to showcase the best Scottish photography.


  1. ^ "The world's oldest magazine still being published". 28 March 2012. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  2. ^ A. W. Ward: The Cambridge History of English Literature, Volume 9, 2009, p. 614
  3. ^ "On this day 1739: Scots Magazine first published". The Scotsman. 9 February 2015. Retrieved 20 July 2015.

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