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Scotland's first book
In the winter of 1507-08, two men - Walter Chepman and Andro Myllar - set up a strange device in one of the buildings on Edinburgh's Cowgate. Made of wood, taller than a man, and looking like a cross between a torture implement and a wine press, it was Scotland's first printing press. This lecture tells the story of how it came to Scotland, what Chepman and Myllar printed on it, and how that book may (or may not) have changed Scottish history.

Join Dr Kelsey Jackson Williams at 6.30pm (UK time) on 17 January for a 45-minute illustrated talk followed by a 30-minute Q&A with audience questions, chaired by Dr Allan Kennedy, History Scotland's consultant editor.

£10 registration fee includes 7-day access to the event recording.

Jan 17, 2023 06:30 PM in London

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Dr Kelsey Jackson Williams
Dr Kelsey Jackson Williams is an Associate Professor of Early Modern Literature at the University of Stirling and studies the intellectual, literary, and material cultures of early modern northern Europe, particularly Scotland. His latest book – ‘Some bonie litle bookes’: A History and Catalogue of the Lindsay Library, 1570-1792 (co-authored with William Zachs) – is available from Brill and he is currently working on a new project which explores the role of 19th-century publication societies, such as Walter Scott’s Bannatyne Club, in shaping modern views of the Scottish past.