St Andrews Citizen

On a recent visit to St Andrews in Scotland, I came across the bookshop of J & G Innes. The signage outside of the shop shows that it was once the office of the local newspaper, the St Andrews Citizen. Nearby is Holy Trinity Church where John Knox first preached in public in 1547.

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The architectural features of this Arts & Crafts style building include a statue of St Andrew with his satire cross

The architectural features of this Arts & Crafts style building include a statue of St Andrew with his satire cross

The Citizen was founded in 1870 by John Innes, formerly of the Glasgow Herald. According to the bookshop’s website Innes bought the Tullis Press, founded by Robert Tullis (1775-1831) in 1879. Examples from the Tullis Press are held in the Special Collections of St Andrews University Library and there is a blog entry about the press available here.

The shield of the town of St Andrews

The shield of the town of St Andrews

The shield of the town’s Madras College.

The shield of the town’s Madras College.

The Citizen is still going and is now part of a group of newspapers led by the Fife Free Press. Issues of the Citizen are available in the British Newspaper Archive between 1892 and 1956.

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Lisa Peters

University of Chester