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The Scotsman is a Scottishmarker national newspaper, published in Edinburghmarker.As of July 2009 it had an audited circulation of 45,080., a significant drop from an approximately 100,000 circulation in the 1980s.

Since 16 August 2004, it has been printed in compact format. Its sister Sunday publication, which remains broadsheet, is titled Scotland on Sunday. The Scotsman Publications Ltd also produces the Edinburgh Evening News and the Herald & Post series of free newspapers in Edinburgh, Fifemarker, and West Lothianmarker.


The Scotsman was launched in 1817 as a liberal weekly newspaper by lawyer William Ritchie and customs official Charles Maclaren in response to the "unblushing subservience" of competing newspapers to the Edinburgh establishment. The paper was pledged to "impartiality, firmness and independence". After the abolition of newspaper stamp tax in Scotland in 1850, The Scotsman was relaunched as a daily newspaper priced at 1d and a circulation of 6000 copies.

In 1953 the newspaper was bought by Canadianmarker millionaire Roy Thomson who was in the process of building an enormous media empire. The paper was in 1995 bought by billionaires David and Frederick Barclay for £85 million. They moved the newspaper from its traditional Edinburgh office on North Bridgemarker, which is now an upmarket hotelmarker, to state-of-the-art offices on Holyrood Road designed by Edinburgh architects CDA, near where the Scottish Parliament Buildingmarker was subsequently built.

In December 2005, The Scotsman was acquired, in a £160 million deal, by its current owners Johnston Press a company founded in Scotland and now one of the top three largest local newspaper publishers in the UK as well as a major force on the internet.

John McLellan has been the editor since February 2009. He is vice chair of the Scottish Daily Newspapers Editors Committee and a trustee of Radio Forth Cash For Kids appeal. He was previously editor of the Journal in Newcastle until 2003. He has previously edited Scotland On Sunday' and the Edinburgh Evening News for Scotsman Publications.

The last decade or so has seen the paper replaced by The Herald as the pre-eminent Scottish quality newspaper in terms of readership.


1817: William Ritchie
1817: Charles Maclaren
1818: John Ramsay McCulloch
1843: John Hill Burton (acting)
1846: Alexander Russel
1876: Robert Wallace
1880: Charles Alfred Cooper
1905: John Pettigrew Croal
1924: George A. Waters
1944: James Murray Watson
1955: John Buchanan (acting)
1956: Alastair Dunnett
1972: Eric MacKay
1985: Chris Baur
1988: Magnus Linklater
1994: Andrew Jaspan
1995: James Seaton
1997: Martin Clarke
1998: Alan Ruddock
2000: Tim Luckhurst
2000: Rebecca Hardy
2001: Iain Martin
2004: John McGurk
2006: Mike Gilson
2009: John McLellan

Source: The Scotsman Digital Archive

Since 1998, the Scotsman has had an internet portal that features the latest news, sports, business, property, motors and sport in different sections of the site. It has had live webcams and panoramas around Scotlandmarker. It also has sections for other Scotsman Publications including Scotland on Sunday and the Evening News.

See also


  1. "ABC Data"

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