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The Scotsman

The Scotsman is a Scottish newspaper published in Edinburgh. It is a broadsheet. Its Sunday edition goes by the name Scotland on Sunday.

The Scotsman was launched in 1817 as a liberal weekly by lawyer William Ritchie and customs official Charles Maclaren in response to the "unblushing subservience" of competing newspapers to the Edinburgh establishment. The paper was pledged to "impartiality, firmness and independence". After the abolition of newspaper stamp tax in Scotland in 1850, The Scotsman was relaunched as a daily newspaper priced at 1d and a circulation of 6000 copies.

The Scotsman's first editor, Charles Maclaren, was the only editor of the paper to fight a duel. Stung by journalistic attacks from Dr James Browne, the Caledonian Mercury's editor, Maclaren, with grave reservations concerning Browne's existence, agreed to meet him at Ravelston. The two exchanged shots, missed, refused to shake hands, and parted without apology.

During the 1926 Gerneral Strike The Scotsman was the only national newspaper in the UK to continue publishing. The UK Government of the time offered the owners free air transport to get daily newspapers to London.

In 1953 the newspaper was bought by Canadian millionaire Roy Thompson who was in the process of building an enormous media empire. The paper is now part-owned by the Barclay Brothers.

The Scotsman has a daily circulation of around 68,000 - this has fallen fairly dramatically over the past few years. The current editor Iain Martin started in the spring of 2002 and has had some success in arresting the decline in circulation. Controversial British journalist Andrew Neil is publisher of the newspaper and is often criticized for the lack of time spent in Scotland.

The Scotsman is sometimes jokingly referred to as "The Hootsmon"

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