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Blackwood, William

Born: 1776 AD
Died: 1834 AD
Nationality: Scottish
Categories: Publishers

1776 – William Blackwood was born on the 20th of November. Scottish publisher and founder of the firm of William Blackwood & Sons.

1790 – At the age of 14, he was apprenticed to a firm of booksellers in Edinburgh.

1804 – Returned to Edinburgh and opened a shop in South Bridge Street.

         – He established himself as a bookseller in Edinburgh.

1816 – He undertook the Scottish agency for John Murray and other London publishers, and gradually drifted into publishing on his own account, removing to Princes Street.

1817 – He started Blackwood’s Magazine.

         – Issued the first number of the Edinburgh Monthly Magazine on April 1st.

1834 – He died on 16th of September.

         – William Blackwood was succeeded by his two sons, Alexander and Robert, who added a London branch to the firm.