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Ogstoun, Alexander

Record IDcni00057081
Last Edit2014-03-14

General Note

On 13 February 1680, Ogstoun became a Burgess and Guild Brother 'being well commended by H.M. Advocate and many of the College of Justice, and likely also to be useful to the good toun' and on 16 April he married Martha Stevenson. In 1683 Alexander Ogstoun and George Mosman were employed in binding books for the newly formed library of the Faculty of Advocates. In the accounts for the 14th of February appears the entry 'By money peyed to Alexr Oigstoun bookbinder for binding ane parcell of the ffaculties books as per accompt order and receipt 0200.16.0 By money peyed to George Mosman bookbinder for ditto George Mosman 0219.02.00' Faculty Records 40 folio A3. The National Library still has three volumes of Gesner's Historia Animalium 1551-5, given to the Advocates Library by the two grateful bookbinders. They are inscribed 'Hunc Librum cum duobus fratribus Alexr Oigstoun, et Georgius Mosman ffacultatis juridicae Bibliopeg: peritissimi Bibliothecae faculatis predict' dono dederunt'. Unfortunately the volumes have been rebound. John Reid worked for him as a journeyman in 1686. In 1688 he was threatened for selling anti-popish books, and in the same year Mrs Anderson seized some octavo Bibles he had imported from London (Fountainhall ii,852,866). He died in 1690, was buried at the North side of Greyfriars Churchyard on 29 March, and was succeeded in the business by his widow. Two of his four children Alexander and James seem also to have been bookbinders. His name also appears in the imprints of seven books between 1685 and 1688.

More Information

Dates of Activity1678-1690
Activitybookbinder and stationer
Online Ressourcehttp://www.nls.uk/
Scottish Book Trade Index online (list)

Place of Activity

Place of ActivityEdinburgh (1678 - 1684)
Edinburgh; In the Parliament Close (1685 - 1690)


HeadingOgstoun, Alexander
used in: National Library of Scotland, Scottish Book Trade Index
Variant NameOGSTON, Alexander


Found inAldis 1904. — EdinBurg. — EdinMarr. — Mirjam M. Foot. 'A binding by Alexander Ogstoun, c.1689' (English and Foreign Bookbindings 31). “The Book Collector” xxix, 255-7 (1980). H.M. Nixon “Broxbourne Library, styles and designs of bookbindings”. London, 1956 163-65. John Morris. 'Wheels and Herringbones: some Scottish bindings 1678-1773'. “Bookbinder” i,39-49 (1987);