Scottish Daily Express Archive: Back Issue Newspapers

Scottish Daily Express Archive: Back Issue Newspapers

The Relevance of Dated Newspapers

You might think that the old guy keeping a pile of yellowed newspapers in his attic belongs on Hoarders, but, that might be where you’re wrong. In fact, old issues of newspapers can prove invaluable for both genealogists and local historians. These outdated publications  provide a microscopic view of local news that goes far beyond that found in the digital sphere. Additionally, newspapers  give you a true taste of the perspectives, and cultures, held decades or even centuries ago. Sometimes, you just can’t beat an original  For anyone looking for a perspective on the sensationalist, the  Scottish Daily Express is a good place to start.

The History of the Scottish Daily Express

The Scottish Daily Express shares nearly all of its history with its parent paper, the Daily Express. Both papers found their starts with one Sir Arthur Pearson in 1900. For thirteen years, before losing his battle with glaucoma and selling his paper  to Lord Beaverbrook, Pearson served as  a valuable member of the staff. After changing ownership, Beaverbrook moved its printing to Manchester in 1927 and, under his leadership, the paper set record sales numbers throughout the 1930s. By 1948, Beaverbrook felt solid enough in his standings that he informed the House of Commons that all of his papers existed “purely for the purpose of making propaganda”.  At the time of his death in 1964, the paper’s readership dropped drastically.  The emergence of new competition, including The Sun, certainly didn’t help matters.

What happened next  was a series of sales and acquisitions. In roughly forty years, the Scottish Daily Express changed ownership no less than three times. In 2000, it ended up in the hands of the ever-controversial Richard Desmond. A series of record-breaking libel cases followed, but, regardless of its misfortune in the courtroom, the Express began to stabilize. Currently, the Daily Express, and by extension its Scottish version, has roughly a third of the subscriptions of rival paper, the Daily Mail.

Interesting Facts About the Scottish Daily Express


  • The Scottish Daily Express is printed in Glasgow by contract printers.

  • When the paper’s printing was moved to Manchester, it sparked the creation of the now defunct Scottish Daily News.

  • The Daily Express was one of the first papers to feature news in place of advertisements on its front page.


Scottish Daily Express Archives


To find back issues of The Scottish Daily or to check availability of the newspaper, follow these steps:

  1. Visit the UK historical newspaper archive page.

  2. Select the date you’re interested in

  3. Choose your desired newspaper and edition.

  4. Select the pack you wish to purchase. There are a variety of delivery and gift options to fit your needs.

  5. Make sure to add a name to the certificate of authenticity along with your chosen date and message if the purchase is a gift.

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