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Blackwood, William

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Born: 1776 AD
Died: 1834 AD, at 57 years of age.

Nationality: Scottish
Categories: Publishers

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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.

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