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