The Scotsman

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The Scotsman

description Scottish daily newspaper
publishing company JPIMedia Ltd ( United Kingdom )
Headquarters Edinburgh
First edition January 25, 1817
Frequency of publication daily Monday to Saturday,
on Sunday "Scotland on Sunday"
Sold edition 22,740 copies
( February 2016 )
Editor-in-chief Frank O'Donnell
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ISSN (print)

The Scotsman is a Scottish daily newspaper based in Edinburgh . Their Sunday edition is called Scotland on Sunday .


The paper was founded in 1817 as a liberal weekly by lawyer William Ritchie and officially published by Charles Maclaren in response to the "submission" of the other Edinburgh newspapers to urban society. The newspaper was said to be "impartial", "independence" and "determination". After the stamp duty was abolished, The Scotsman was re-established as a daily newspaper and now had a price of 1 pence and a circulation of 6,000 copies.

The newspaper was bought in 1953 by the Canadian millionaire Roy Thomson , who created an enormous media empire. In 1995 twin brothers David and Frederick Barclay (both successful businessmen and billionaires) bought The Scotsman for £ 85 million. They moved the main building of the publishing house, which was traditionally in North Bridge and where there is now a hotel, to Holyrood Road, near the new Scottish Parliament building.

In December 2005 the paper was acquired in a £ 160 million deal from Johnston Press , one of the top three newspaper publishers in the UK .

Over the past decade, The Herald has increasingly supplanted it as the leading Scottish quality newspaper .

Politics and readers

The Scotsman is an advocate of Scottish self-government. The newspaper was strongly against the incorporation of Scottish troops into the British Army . Before the referendum on Scottish independence in 2014 , however, the newspaper spoke out against Scotland becoming independent from England.

Individual evidence

  1. ^ New Editorial Director of The Scotsman Appointed ,, April 12, 2017
  2. ^ Archives of The Scotsman
  3. ^ The Scotsman: Scotland's decision: The Scotsman's verdict

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