William Murray Borthwick published a cheap magazine called “The Clydesdale Magazine” at Lanark. On its failure he projected in February 1820, “The Clydesdale Journal” 'a loyal weekly paper'. He advertised in a Glasgow paper for an editor who could advance £300 and Robert Alexander applied. He went to Hamilton early in July 1820, but withdrew when he discovered the real circumstances. However he was persuaded to take the editorship on the understanding that the paper should be removed to Glasgow. The last number of the “Clydesdale Journal” appeared on 28 September 1821. In 1821 the printing materials were sequestered at the instance of Borthwick's creditors and bought in by Alexander who thereafter published the “Glasgow Sentinel”. Borthwick was imprisoned in March 1822 for an old debt in 1822. He wrote to some of the individuals who had been traduced by the “Sentinel”, and offered them the originals of the offending articles if they paid his debt and released him from prison. They did and he broke into the offices of the “Sentinel” and a large part of the papers of the newspaper were taken away to Edinburgh. Borthwick was apprehended and indicted for trial at Glasgow in April 1822, but proceedings were ultimately dropped. The papers resulted in the fatal duel between James Stuart of Dearn and Sir Alexander Boswell Bart of Auchinleck. Robert Alexander, printer of Glasgow was admitted to Sanctuary for debt at Holyroodhouse 6 January 1823.
See alsoRobert Alexander and William Murray Borthwick (1819 - 1821)
Clydesdale Journal Office, Hamilton (1819 - 1821)
Glasgow Sentinel Office (1821 - 1823) Nelson Street, Glasgow
HeadingAlexander, Robert used in: National Library of Scotland, Scottish Book Trade Index
Found in“Hugh Davidson. Lanark: a series of papers”. Edinburgh, 1910. — Robert Alexander. “Letter to Sir J. Mackintosh, Knt. M.P. explanatory of the whole circumstances which led to the robbery of the Glasgow Sentinel Office; to the death of Sir Alexander Boswell, Bart”.;... Glasgow: printed in the Sentinel Office, 1822. — William Borthwick. “Proceedings against Wm. Murray Borthwick, at the instance of His Majesty's Advocate, and of Robert Alexander, styling himself editor and proprietor of the Glasgow Sentinel newspaper. With an appendix of documents, and a preface, by William Murray Borthwick”. Edinburgh for J. Robertson, 1822. — Peter Mackenzie. “Reminiscences of Glasgow”. vol.1 p.366-99, 1890. — Cadell
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