Sunday, 24 February 2013


The National Library of Scotland has digitized over 1800 Broadsides from the years 1610-1950. These Broadsides are a wealth of social history and very revealing about the times in which our ancestors lived.

Broadsides were one page "newspapers" that were distributed in the public market areas of any city or town. Often they were also posted on trees, sides of buildings, market stalls, walls and later lamp posts.

Broadsides not only include the days news but also local gossip and local advertising. The Broadsides were the pre-cursor to todays tabloid papers.

The Broadsides are fully searchable and can also be downloaded in PDF format. Have a look  to see what ancestor news YOU can uncover:

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