The Edinburgh Gazetteer

An online edition of the Edinburgh Gazetteer, a controversial and short-lived radical Scottish newspaper from the turbulent 1790s, including an interactive map of reform societies.

Map of Reform Societies with Kilmarnock selected, showing links to Gazetteer pages.
Map of Reform Societies with Kilmarnock selected, showing links to Gazetteer pages.

The resource features detailed facsimile images of every available page of the Gazetteer can be viewed and zoomed into, and each page has been categorised with keywords to make it easier to focus on specific themes or people. In addition, the site features an interactive historical map of reform societies that are mentioned in the Gazetteer, an introductory essay describing the background to the Gazetteer and a list of selected further reading.

The edition was edited by Rhona Brown, of Scottish Literature at the University of Glasgow. The Gazetteer and interactive map interfaces were developed by Brian Aitken, of the School of Critical Studies at the University of Glasgow. The edition was funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh via a project entitled ‘The Edinburgh Gazetteer: Radical Networks and Journalism in 1790s Scotland’. Images of the newspaper were provided by the Mitchell Library in Glasgow, and the originals can be viewed there. The map appears courtesy of the Maps Department at the National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh.

Project website: https://edinburghgazetteer.glasgow.ac.uk/


Main contact: Rhona Brown

Developer: Brian Aitken

Start year: 2017

End year: 2017

Funded by: Royal Society of Edinburgh

Subject area: Scottish Literature

Keywords: Digital EditionDigitisationMapping

Record last updated 2020-01-29