A little within the Head of Borthwick's Closs over against the Cross-Well on the South Side of the Street July 1712
Possibly a nephew of John Reid fl. 1680-1713. A prolific printer of last dying speeches, ballads and chapbooks. The imprint of “A sermon by Mr James Rows” 1715 adds after the address 'where are to be sold choice of little books and ballads'. Married Agnes Bowie, widow of John Currie, merchant, 6 September 1696. Started a paper-mill on the Water-of-Leith called Jinkabout 1714. His widow, Agnes Bowie, married Mr Samuel Arnot printer 8 August 1721. 'The printer hereof is removed from Liberton's Wynd, to a little within the Head of Borthwick's Closs, over against the Cross-Well on the South-side of the Street' “The Scots Postman 3 July 1712”. Plomer has muddied the waters as far as the two John Reids and Margaret Reid are concerned. Watson says that John Reid junior started business in 1699 (History of Printing p.18) but no book of his bearing that date has been found.
The second laigh shop below Mary-King's Closs 1705