Saturday, June 8, 2019

The Scots Magazine--oldest magazine still published

Scotland is a country largely over-looked in Regency romance literature. Occasionally  a bonny Scots laird comes to London and captures hearts, and in my own book "The Rake's Reflection" the heroine comes from Edinburgh. But, by and large, the beau monde is in London and that's where Regency romance remains.

The story of Scotland is too big to be merely appended to that of Regency England. It was, and is, a country of strong identity and formidable citizens. During the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Edinburgh was sometimes called "The Athens of the North", and was at the heart of the Scottish Enlightenment. Into this environment, The Scots Magazine was born.

First published in 1739, The Scots Magazine is still in print today. There were periods when it was dormant, 1826-1887, and times when publication was spotty, but in 1927 it was relaunched and it continues to serve Scotland to this day. When first published it was simply called The Scots Magazine, as it is today, but it was variously known as The Scots Magazine or General Repository of Literature, History, and Politics and The Scots Magazine and Edinburgh Literary Miscellany.

Of course, my interest is in the Regency era, and I offer the following excerpts from The Scots Magazine of the early 1800s as an illustration of life in Scotland during the extended Regency period.
July 1809 The Scots Magazine

January 1817 The Scots Magazine
Arniston Bridge over the River South Esk January 1811 The Scots Magazine
May 1809 The Scots Magazine
New Harbours and improvements, 1809, The Scots Magazine
January 1809 The Scots Magazine
Valleyfield House April 1811 The Scots Magazine

Calendonian Horticultural Society
January 1817 The Scots Magazine

If you have an interest in the Scotland of the British Regency era, The Scots Magazine is an invaluable resource. A wide-ranging publication it encapsulates the flavour, the character, and the intellect of the Scottish nation. I think it is required reading for those who love Regency Britain.

'Til next time,


All resources from Google Books

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