The Edinburgh Gazette

The Edinburgh Gazette, along with The London Gazette and The Belfast Gazette, is an official newspaper (Government gazette) of the United Kingdom government. The Stationery Office (TSO) is published on behalf of Her Majesty's Stationery Office (HMSO) in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Publication of The Edinburgh Gazette began in 1699 by James Watson[1] (34 years after the first edition of The London Gazette). It ran for 41 issues, the last being on 17 July 1699, after which the link between the editor, Captain Donaldson, and the printer was broken.[2] It reappeared sporadically, but did not begin an unbroken and continuous publication run until 1793.

It is published on Tuesdays and Fridays, and it includes official notices relating to matters of state, Parliament, planning, transport, and public finance, as well as insolvency and bankruptcy notices. It also contains advertisements. For example, local authorities place notices in the Gazette about matters of local interest, such as road closures.

The Crown Agent is, ex officio, the Keeper of the Edinburgh Gazette.


  1. "Watson, James (d.1722)" . Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.
  2. Scottish Historical Review: April 1910
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