This publication was a monthly one and these volumes contain 6
What is interesting about this publication is
firstly that it was started in 1817. This is a period in
Scottish history where the Scots were making huge progress. We were
making great strides in literacy, inventions, emigration,
manufacturing and scientific discoveries. The whole world was at our
feet and in this time frame Scots were sought after as Pioneers to
help build the new world. Most Scots were well versed in the three
R's but they also were engaged at the very forefront of industrial
endeavor and thus made ideal emigrants to the new world.
magazine thus shows what we Scots were interested in at this
important time in our history and the breadth of scope of this
publications shows where out interests lay. In here you'll
find poems and stories but also commentary on Scientific
discoveries, proceedings of Parliament, commentary on countries of
the world including Europe, North America, etc. You'll find weather
information, comments on agriculture, and even births, marriages and
deaths. Book reviews, Medical reports, foreign intelligence,
commercial reports, and also historical articles.
The publication ceased in 1980.
Many of the volumes are available on the Internet archive but we
offer the first three volumes here for you to read.
Volume 1: April - September 1817
Volume 2: October 1817
- March 1818 (129Mb)
Volume 3: April - September 1818 (94Mb)
Blackwood's Magazine was a British magazine and miscellany printed
between 1817 and 1980. It was founded by the publisher William
Blackwood and was originally called the Edinburgh Monthly Magazine.
The first number appeared in April 1817 under the editorship of
Thomas Pringle and James Cleghorn. The journal was unsuccessful and
Blackwood fired Pringle and Cleghorn and relaunched the journal as
'Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine' under his own editorship. The
journal eventually adopted the shorter name and from the relaunch
often referred to itself as Maga. The title page bore the image of
George Buchanan, 16th century Scottish historian.
Many copies are available on the Guttenberg site
Also see the Internet Archive for many copies
Annals of a Publishing House
William Blackwood and His Sons, their Magazine and Friends by Mrs.
Oliphant in 3 volumes (1897)
publishing house is so important in Scottish History that I feel it
important to bring you this set of books.
Volume I |
Volume II |
Tales from Blackwood
Being the most Famous Series of Stories ever Published Especially
Selected from that Celebrated English Publication Selected by H.
Vol. 1. Left-handed Elsa; by
R.E. Francillon; The great earthquake at Lisbon; Some one pays, by
Charles Lever; Sir Tray: An Arthurian idyl.-
Vol. 2. Shakespeare's
Funeral, by E.B. Hamley; A night with the volunteers of
Strathkinahan, by L.W.M. Lockhart; The secret chamber, by M.O.W.
Oliphant.- Vol. 3. A French
speculation, by Margaret Majendie; Rufus Hickman of St. Botolph's,
by Lord Wellwood (H.J. Moncrieff); Hans Preller: A legend of the
Rhine Falls, by C.L. Lewis; The Puerto de Medina, by Maurice
Kingsley; Jack and Minory, by Alfred Harcourt.-
Vol. 4. What I did at
Belgrade, by Bob Considine; Wrecked off the Riff Coast, by Alexander
Innes Shand; Dollie and the Two Smiths; A railway journey, by
Margaret Majendie.- Vol. 5.
The missing bills: an unsolved mystery; My hunt of the silver fox,
by W.B. Cheadle; Narrative of Prince Charlie's escape, by one of his
companions; A Fenian alarm; The philosopher's pendulum, by Rudolph
Lindau.- Vol. 6. The battle
of Dorking; Late for the train; The congress and the agapedome, by
Prof. Aytoun; Maga's birthday.-
Vol. 7. Christmas Eve on a haunted hulk, by Frank Cowper; Dicky
Dawkins; or, The Bookmaker of the outer ring, by Jack the Sheperd;
Airy nothing, by M.H. Dziewicki; Chapter from an unknown life, by
Captain Morris; Mar'se Dab after the war, by A.G. Bradley;
"Unfathomed mysteries", by C.F. Gordon Cumming.-
Vol. 8. Cousin John's
property; A modern magician, by W.W. Story; Edgar Wayne's escape, by
Alexander Allardyce.- Vol. 9.
Bourgonef; Thomas, by W.K. Clifford; The brigand's bride, by
Lawrence Oliphant; The misogynist, by Henry Prothero; A fetish city,
by Frederick Boyle; The Gascon O'Driscol, by the author of "The
forging of the anchor.- Vol. 10.
A medium of last century, by W.G. Hamley; Alive and yet dead, by
Andrée Hope; An unexpected fare, by Maxwell Gray; Reminiscence of a
March, by T.P.W.- Vol. 11.
Such pity as a father hath, by W.G. Scott-Moncrieff; Coincidence, by
Colonel Russell; A dead man's vengeance, by Captain Bird; The story
of James Barker: A tale of the Congo Coast, by J. Landers.-
Vol. 12. The haunted Enghenio;
Milly's first love, by Margaret Veley; Mrs. Beauchamp's vengeance; A
family feud, by Frederick Hardman; The disappointing boy, by Julian