History of Leith, Edinburgh

July 27, 2005

First Newspaper:

Scotland’s first newspaper, Mercurius Scoticus, was published in 1651, and although no mention is made the printer or where it was printed, it is thought that it was produced in Leith. It was a weekly publication running to eight pages, and contained news which was obtained from London. Within a year, this paper had given way to a newspaper which was published in London, but reprinted in Leith, and this was followed shortly afterwards by the Mercurius Politicus, which was printed in Leith for Scottish consumption until 1655, when it was reprinted in Edinburgh

Source-The Scottish Printing Archival Trust

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