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CodeNA9513
Dates1802-1833
JurisdictionEdinburgh
Person NameEdinburgh; John Ballantyne and Company; 1802-1833; Printers and publishers
EpithetPrinters and publishers
ActivityThe Ballantyne brothers, James and John, were born in Kelso in 1772 and 1774 respectively. James was trained in law at Edinburgh University but quickly gave up the profession to edit the 'Kelso Mail'. John trained in a merchant bank in London, then joined his brother to help with his expanding printing company. Their most famous customer was Sir Walter Scott: they published his poems and part of 'The Lay of the Last Minstrel' before moving the business to Edinburgh and expanding into publishing and selling books. Sir Walter Scott backed them financially and so suffered with them in their financial losses. John died in 1821, and in 1826 the firm became the property of the creditors' trustees after the financial ruin of Archibald Constable, an associated publisher. James remained on the staff until his death in 1833.
Corporate NameJohn Ballantyne and Company
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