A RARE copy of a historic Scottish newspaper has been returned to its original home – after more than 250 years.
The management team at Fraser Suites Edinburgh spent months trying to track down a vintage edition of the Edinburgh Courant after discovering the newspaper’s offices and printing presses were previously located on the site of the hotel.
After sourcing a copy from a collector in America, the archive is to be framed and given pride of place in the reception area of the St Giles Street venue. The Edinburgh Courant was one of the UK’s first regional newspapers with the first copy published in 1705. Its editors included Robinson Crusoe author Daniel Defoe.
The full front page of the recovered edition from March 17, 1759 – St Patrick’s Day – details the “Natural History of the Island of Guardaloupe” – more commonly known today as the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe. An inside page features a small article appealing for the return of a “blue great coat with brass gilt buttons, and a piece of velvet round the neck” which was stolen from the playhouse in Edinburgh’s Canongate.
Read the full story by checking out the original press release, part of a headline-grabbing hotel PR campaign for Fraser Suites Edinburgh by hotel PR experts at Holyrood PR in Scotland
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