W & T Fordyce (publishers)

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W & T Fordyce was a nineteenth century firm of publishers based in the early years at 48 Dean Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, which later moved to 15 Grey Street, Newcastle. It was responsible for the editing, publishing, printing (and partially for the) selling of the book The Tyne Songster.

About 1837 William Fordyce (died 1865)[1] took his brother Thomas (1810–89) into the firm as a partner and the name was changed from W Fordyce to W & T Fordyce. Thomas was in business as a printer 1832-67 at Upper Buxton St, Newcastle.[2]


Items published by the firm include numerous chapbooks and several other books which include:-

  • History of Paul Jones, The Pirate - A brief account of John Paul Jones, the American Revolutionary War hero, from the perspective of the British. 24 pages, undated, [18--] – sold for the price of 9d (3.75 new pence).[3]
  • Local Records: or, Historical register of remarkable events, which have occurred in Northumberland and Durham, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and Berwick-upon-Tweed from the earliest period of authentic record to the present time; with biographical notices of deceased persons of talent, eccentricity, and longevity[4] (July 1866) - Published c. 1876 - and in which Thomas is credited as joint author
  • A New Valentine Writer for Ladies & Gentlemen; Being a Choice Collection of the Most Fashionable, Quizzical, and Amorous Pieces, With Answers, Adapted to All Ages of Either Sex, and to Trades and Professions - Printed and sold by W. & T. Fordyce (Newcastle upon Tyne).[5]
  • The Long Pack, a Northumberland Tale, a Hundred Years Old[6] - Publisher and printer, W. and T. Fordyce.
  • The Tyne Songster - A Choice Selection of Songs in the Newcastle Dialect - published 1840

See also[edit]


  1. ^ William Fordyce; British Book Trade Index (accessed 10 May 2012
  2. ^ Thomas Fordyce; British Book Trade Index (accessed 10 May 2012
  3. ^ "Paul Jones". 
  4. ^ "Local Records". 
  5. ^ "A New Valentine Writer". 
  6. ^ "The Long Pack". 

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