The first issue of The Scotsman
1817: The first issue of The Scotsman, subtitled The Edinburgh Political and Literary Journal, is published on Saturday 25 January, as a weekly paper devoted to liberal institutions.
Set up by solicitor William Ritchie and customs official Charles Maclaren, it is sold at 10d per copy.
Early circulation figures average 800-900 copies.
Offices are based on Edinburgh’s High Street.
Twice a week
The paper goes twice weekly.
The Scotsman increases in size
The Scotsman increases in size and changes its front page from editorial to advertising and announcements.
The price is reduced to 4d
The Daily Scotsman
The paper changes its name to The Daily Scotsman. First daily on June 19.
Stamp duty is repealed in June and The Scotsman starts publishing daily editions.
30 Cockburn Street
The offices move to 30 Cockburn Street. The paper is enlarged, “Daily” is dropped and it is sold for 1d per copy.
The Scotsman becomes the first paper to sell directly to readers through retail agents.
The Scotsman Train
The Scotsman is the first company to run its own train, delivering papers to Glasgow and the west of Scotland
Circulation reaches 40,000
The company publishes a new sister paper called Evening Dispatch
On 19, December the paper moves to new premises at North Bridge
The Scotsman is the first newspaper to telegraph pictures across from the Continent.
Editor J Murray Watson is on the first Edinburgh Festival committee.
Roy H Thomson acquires the majority share-hold.
The Scotsman celebrates its centenary as a daily paper.
Front page change
The Scotsman front page changes back to editorial from advertising.
The Scotsman is one of the first British newspapers to publish a magazine supplement.
The Scotsman company takes over the Evening News and merges the Evening Dispatch into it as the company becomes a subsidiary of the Thomson Organisation.
End of hot metal
The North Bridge HQ undergoes a multi-million pound development, heralding the end of hot metal printing and the start of computer technology.
Scotland on Sunday
Sunday sister paper, Scotland on Sunday, is launched.
The Scotsman and The Scotsman Publishing Ltd are sold to the Barclay brothers’ Ellerman Investments.
Scotsman.com replaces the existing website to develop the best newspaper website in Scotland.
The Scotsman publishes a compact edition on Saturdays beginning March 6th.
Newspaper of the Year
The Scotsman was named newspaper of the year at the Scottish Press Awards
Scotsman.com has its highest every monthly audience of four million in September which was the month of the Scottish independence referendum
The Scotsman moves to new offices in Edinburgh at Orchard Brae House
The Scotsman replaces its existing website and becomes fully responsive across all devices