Centre for the History of the Book

Dr Warren McDougall

Dr Warren McDougall is an independent researcher.

Dr Warren McDougall


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Warren is an independent scholar whose research interest is the Scottish book trade in the 18th century. He worked as a journalist in Canada - at The Canadian Press news agency and the London Free Press newspaper – and later as a principal teacher of English in Edinburgh. He has an honours BA in English literature from the University of Western Ontario, where, seeing the Edinburgh Review of 1755-56 he became interested in publications of the period. His PhD thesis at the University of Edinburgh was on the 18th century Edinburgh publishers Hamilton, Balfour and Neill. Warren has held fellowships at the Library Company of Philadelphia, the American Antiquarian Society, and Champlain College, Trent University, Canada. Topics he has written about include Scottish books for America, piracies and reprinting, copyright and Scottishness, the Edinburgh scene, Gavin Hamilton, and Charles Elliot’s European trade network and book connection with Philadelphia. He is co-author, with Iain Beavan, of ‘The Scottish Book Trade’ in The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain Volume V: 1695-1830, and co-editor, with Stephen W. Brown, of The Edinburgh History of the Book in Scotland Volume 2: Enlightenment and Expansion.