First printing towns from 1508 to 1900

On this page you can trace the geographical spread of printing in Scotland from its beginning in 1508 until 1900. In almost 400 years, 198 printing towns were established across the Scottish mainland.

Until the end of the 18th century, printing was confined to the south and east of Scotland, apart from Inverness and Banff. In the 19th century, printing spread much further. It reached some of the Western and Northern Isles (Cumbrae, Iona, Rothesay and Kirkwall) as well as the North East of Scotland.

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Town Year Printer
Aberdeen 1622 Edward Raban
Aberfeldy 1841 D. Cameron
Aboyne 1890 Unknown printer
Airdrie 1820 J. and J. Neil
Alloa 1831 James Lothian
Alva 1877 Unknown printer
Alyth 1869 Thomas M'Murray and George Milne
Annan 1822 P. Forrest
Anstruther 1856 Lewis Russell
Aquhorties 1816 Seminary Press
Arbroath 1799 John Findlay
Ardrossan 1853 Arthur Guthrie
Auchinleck 1815 Ruthven's Patent Press
Auchterarder 1859 Thomas McQueen
Ayr 1790 John Wilson
Baillieston 1896 George Hutcheson & Co.
Banff 1790-1810 James Davidson
Bankfield (Lerwick) 1840 Unknown printer
Bannockburn 1746 Unknown printer
Barrhead 1871 Unknown printer
Bathgate 1860 J. Johnston
Beith 1818 Dr Gemmill
Bellshill 1888 W. B. Reid
Berwick upon Tweed 1753 R. Taylor
Biggar 1843 Unknown printer
Blairgowrie 1858 David Christie
Bo'ness 1878 Francis W. Broome
Bridge of Allan 1893 Unknown printer
Brodick 1888 Henry Ribbeck
Broughty Ferry 1867 Charles Milne
Broxburn 1891 Clark & Steel
Buckie 1880 William Forsyth Johnstone
Burntisland 1853 Pitsligo Press
Cambuslang 1896 J. Lithgow and Sons
Campbeltown 1685 Unknown printer
Carluke 1840 R. Langlands
Carnoustie 1874 Alexander Reid
Carron 1785 David Reid
Castle Douglas 1823 A[nthony] Davidson
Clydebank 1891 John Cossar
Coatbridge 1846 Baird & Bowskell
Coldstream 1844 Robert Kerr
Colinsburgh 1883 [Robert Dick
Coupar Angus 1837 William Liddell
Crieff 1774 J. Taylor, bookseller
Cumbrae (Isle of) 1865 Garrison Press
Cumnock 1889 (1873) George McMillan
Cupar 1801 Robert Tullis
Dairsie 1899 Unknown printer
Dalbeattie 1883 Robert Grieve
Dalkeith 1805 Published by John Macintosh
Dalry 1800 John Gemmill
Denny 1878 David Ritchie
Dingwall 1838 Unknown printer
Dufftown 1894 James Ingram
Dumbarton 1828 Dumbarton Printing Office
Dumfries 1715 Robert Rae
Dunbar 1795-1804 George Miller
Dunblane 1831 Unknown printer
Dundee 1757 Henry Galbraith
Dunfermline 1800 D. Richardson
Dunkeld 1826 D. M’Donald
Dunoon 1868 John Colegate
Duns[e] 1793 James Brown
Earlston 1889 Thos. Weatherly
Edinburgh 1508 Chepman and Myllar
Falkirk 1766 Daniel Reid
Fintray 1843 John Cumming
Forfar 1821 Alexander Anderson
Forres 1837 John D. Miller
Fraserburgh 1852 Gordon Lyall
Galashiels 1830 David Fair
Galston 1881 William McDonald & Sons
Girvan 1856 Unknown printer
Glamis Castle 1866 Unknown printer
Glasgow 1638 George Anderson
Golspie 1899 Unknown printer
Govan 1883 John Cossar
Grangemouth 1878 George G. Stephen
Grantown-on-Spey 1881 Angus Stuart
Greenock 1778 William McAlpine
Haddington 1804 George Miller
Hamilton 1820 William Murray Borthwick
Hawick 1783 George Caw
Helensburgh 1872 W. Battrum
Huntly 1863 Adam Dunbar
Inchgarvie 1867 Benjamin Franklin
Innerleithen 1871 R. Smail
Inverary 1810 Unknown printer
Invergordon 1855 Hugh Graham
Inverkip 1900 Unknown printer
Inverness 1774 Alexander Davidson
Inverurie 1884 Thomas Dare
Iona 1887 W. Muir, J. McCormick
Irvine 1815 J. Mennons & Son
Jedburgh 1815 Walter Easton
Johnshill 1838 Unknown printer
Johnstone 1829 Archibald Arnot
Keith 1849 George Masson
Kelso 1782 James Palmer
Kennoway 1880 printed privately
Kilbarchan 1881 Unknown printer
Killin 1898 MacWilliam and MacRay
Kilmarnock 1780 Peter M'Arthur
Kilmartin 1857 L. Malcolm
Kilsyth 1882 D. Drummond Cairns & Co
Kilwinning 1861 A. W. Cross
Kincardine 1820 W. Liddell
Kinfauns 1828 Kinfauns Press
Kinghorn 1817 J. Birrell
Kinross 1838 John Taylor
Kintore 1879 Unknown printer
Kirkbride 1711 Robert Rae
Kirkcaldy 1794 George Johnston
Kirkcudbright 1805 Alexander Gordon
Kirkintilloch 1846 Wiliam M'Millan
Kirkwall 1844 James Urquhart Anderson
Kirriemuir 1848 William B. Mills
Kirtlebridge 1844 Unknown printer
Lanark 1818 William Murray Borthwick
Langholm 1848 Thomas Laidlaw
Largs 1826 Robert Harriston
Leith 1651 Evan Tyler
Leslie 1860 H. Jollie
Leuchars 1890 Unknown printer
Leven 1860 T. Porter
Linlithgow 1813 Alexander Waldie
Loch Awe 1900 T. Dow
Lochaber 1860 Unknown printer
Lochgelly 1892 J. Westwater
Lochgilphead 1884 [George] Higgie and [Robert] Paterson
Lochmaben 1847 Unknown printer
Lochwinnoch 1821 William Taylor
Lockerbie 1853 D. Halliday
Maybole 1694 Unknown printer
Millport 1883 Unknown printer
Moffat 1858 William Muir
Monifieth 1884 David Macrae
Montrose 1784 G. Johnston
Motherwell 1868 F. Crawford
Musselburgh 1808 J. Findlay
Nairn 1840 Unknown printer
Newburgh 1857 James Wood
Newhills 1893 Davidson & Sons
Newmilns 1890 M. & W. Walker
Newton Stewart 1800 Joseph M'Nairn
North Berwick 1871 Haddingtonshire Journal Steam Printing Works
Oban 1861 James Miller
Orbiston 1826 Orbiston Press
Orkney 1828 Unknown printer
Paisley 1769 Alexander Weir and Archibald M'Lean
Partick 1854 A. Ferrie (publ.)
Peebles 1770 Unknown printer
Perth 1715 Robert Freebairn
Peterhead 1816 Peter Buchan
Pitlochry 1887 A. Doggart
Pittenweem 1844 James Scott
Pollockshaws 1884 Barrhead News Publishing Co.
Port Glasgow 1843 R. Montgomerie
Portobello 1832 J. Johnstone
Portsoy 1857 Thomas Anderson
Prestonpans 1892 Unknown printer
Pulteneytown 1863 John George
Queensferry 1888 Queensferry Printing Co.
Renfrew 1851 Alex Gardner
Restalrig 1774 James Tytler
Rothesay 1847 John Wilson
Rutherglen 1878 J. Kelly
Saltcoats 1820 Unknown printer
Sandbank 1870 J.E. & R. Inglis
Sanquhar 1799 T. Brown
Selkirk 1817 Thomas Brown
Sleat, Skye 1881 Unknown printer
St Andrews 1552 John Scot
Stevenston 1879 H. Thomson
Stewarton 1837 Thomas Wilson
Stirling 1571 Robert Lekprevik
Stonehaven 1843 W. Johnson
Stow 1897 Sanderson & Son
Stranraer 1816 D. Duncan
Strathaven 1859 Alexander Morton
Tain 1824 Kenneth Douglas
Tarbert 1685 Unknown printer
Tayport 1900 Cynicus Publishing Co
Thurso 1826 William Todd
Tighnabruaich 1900 D. J. McKechnie
Tillicoultry 1879 Roxburgh & Rae
Tranent 1864 P. M'Neill (publ.?)
Troon 1898 R. Young
Turriff 1858 Cuddy Skene
Uddingston 1887 William Myles
West Calder 1885 A.H. Aikman
Whitburn 1797 Unknown printer
Whithorn 1888 Belmont Hall Bazaar
Wick 1830 William Todd
Wigtown 1807 R. Hetherton
Wishaw 1853 Unknown printer