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The Highlander Newspaper

Selected Editorials - 1873 to 1882

John Murdoch
Reprinted from Calgacus, Issue No 2, Summer 1975

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The Highlander was one of the UK's most radical campaigning weekly newspapers 'advocating the cause of the people, and particularly the right of the Gaelic people to their native soil'. Based in Inverness in the Scottish Highlands it was edited by John Murdoch and published between 1873 and 1882 when it closed its doors.

This selection of 5 editorials by Murdoch gives a certain insight into the mind of this remarkable man. For Murdoch, land, morality, temperance, politics and the obligations on an editor and a newspaper were inextricably linked.