The History of Leith

April 6, 2006

Andrew Halyburton

CHEPMAN, Walter printer Edinburgh
In the Southgait (Cowgate) at the foot of Blackfriars Wynd 1507-08
Edinburgh 1809-10
A Merchant Burgess of Edinburgh. Had dealings with Andrew Halyburton in 1494 (Ledger of Andrew Halyburton p.11) and appears regularly in the records after that. In 1508 he set up first printing press in Scotland with Androw Myllar under Letters patent granted by James IV 15 Sept 1507. The patent specifies that they are to print mass books of the Aberdeen use in consultation with William Elpinstone, Bishop of Aberdeen. Chepman seems to have been the business partner and Andro Myllar the practical printer. They printed at Edinburgh from 1508-10. When Chapmen and Myllar were about to issue the the Aberdeen Breviary, Chepman laid a complaint before the Privy Council against certain Edinburgh merchants who were importing service books of Salisbury use 14 January 1510. On 14 January, the Privy Council summoned and admonished William and Francis Frost, William Sym and Andro Ross and ordered them to import no more Salisbury service books. In 1514 and 1515 Walter Chepman was Dean of Guild of Edinburgh. His first wife was Margaret Kerkettle, who died before 1506, and his second Agnes Cockburne who survived him. Will registered of Agnes Cockburne Relict of Walter Chapman, burgess of Edinburgh 24 July 1565. David Chepman, bookbinder was the son of Walter Chepman and Agnes Cockburne. Walter Chepman died between 16 September 1528, when he endowed a mortuary chapel in the lower part of the cemetry of St Giles and 2 April 1529 when his widow delivered all his goods to his son David.
Aldis 1904; Dickson & Edmond ; EdinTest; The Chepman and Myllar Prints: nine tracts from the first Scottish press, Edinburgh 1508. A facsimile with a bibliographical note by William Beattie. Edinburgh: Edinburgh Bibliographical Society, 1950.

Andrew Halyburton was the “Lord Conservator of Scottish Privileges in the Low Countries” during the reign of James IV and recorded many Leith Seamen like the Bartons

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