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Ascanius Weir and McLean 1869


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WEIR, Alexander bookseller and printer Paisley
Paisley 1759-68
near the Cross 1769-83
John Weir same address. Tait's Glasgow Directory 1783.
J. Weir Paisley 1786-93
Alexander Weir and Archibald McLean printer Paisley 1769-74
Alexander Weir Paisley 1774-80
"Intimation to the creditors of John Weir, bookseller in Paisley... the said John Weir, has accordingly granted a trust right of his subjects..." Glasgow Courier 9 February 1792. "Alexander Cameron, bookseller and stationer... has commenced business East end of the Old Bridge in the shop formerly possessed by the late Mr. Weir." Glasgow Courier 9 December 1794.
NLS Impr Ind; Crawford

McLEAN, Archibald printer Paisley
Alexander Weir & Archibald McLean 1769-74
Alexander Weir 1774-1800
NLS Impr Ind

From Notes and Queries 3rd Series Volume VI December 24, 1864 p. 520.

"Ascanius" (3rd S. vi. 349.)—Another edition of this work was published in Paisley in 1769, and bears the following title-page —

"Ascanius; or, the Young Adventurer, containing an impartial Account of the late Rebellion in Scotland: the Third Edition, with considerable Additions and Improvements. Paisley: Printed by Weir and McLean for James Davidson & Co., at Fergusley, near Paisley, Mdcclxix."

Printing was commencing in Paisley that year, and the partners of the firm were Alexander Weir, a bookseller, and Andrew McLean, a printer.

The inhabitants of Paisley took a considerable interest in the publication. The chief magistrate of Paisley having been summoned by the secretary of Prince Charles on Sunday, December 29,1745, and appeared before him on Monday, the town was fined in 1000/. for raising 200 militiamen, but it was afterwards reduced to 5001. by the prince. Bailie Kyle was detained as a hostage till Friday morning, January 3,1746, when the fine was paid, and Ascanius, with his Highland troops, left Glasgow. The Paisley militia were at the battle of Falkirk, on January 17, 1746, and had eight men killed. S.



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