Warren McDougall

Warren McDougall, born in Edinburgh, was a newspaper reporter in Canada and for many years an English teacher in Edinburgh. He attended the University of Western Ontario and the University of Edinburgh. His Edinburgh Ph.D. thesis in the mid 1970s - on Hamilton, Balfour and Neill - was the first modern study of the book trade in the Scottish Enlightenment, and he has subsequently written ground-breaking papers on the book in 18th century Scotland, including copyright litigation and the rise of the Scottish book trade, Scottish books for America, piracy and book smuggling, and Edinburgh medical publishing and the international book trade. He contributed articles on Scottish book trade figures to the New DNB, and is writing on the Scottish trade for the History of the Book in Britain vol. 5 and the History of the Book in America vol. 2, while his case study of a Scottish printer abroad will appear in A History of the Book in Canada vol. 1. He is writing a book on the Edinburgh bookseller Charles Elliot and is indexing for publication the entries in Elliot’s letterbooks and ledgers. Recently he has had fellowships at the Library Company of Philadelphia, the American Antiquarian Society, and Trent University, Canada, and is currently an honorary fellow at the Centre for the History of the Book, Edinburgh University. He is secretary of the Edinburgh Bibliographical Society.