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Whitehead [James] & Burns [Walter]

Record IDcni00059230
Last Edit2014-03-14

General Note

Successors to G.S. Tullis of Tullis Press. When George Smith Orr died on 7 May 1848, he left a five-year-old son, Robert Tullis, as his heir. George's brother William took over the management of the firm for his nephew. He sold the firm and the copyright of the newspaper to James Whitehead and Walter Burns, but retained the ownership of the buildings. James Whitehead, who died in 1858, was the son of John Whitehead, a famer of Muthill in Perthshire. He may have benn the James Whitehead, bookseller in Kinross from at least September 1836 until October 1844, when he went bankrupt. In about 1845, he was manager of Tullis's bookshop in the Bonnygate, Cupar. Walter Burns, who was born 16 August 1824, was the son of the Rev, William Hamilton Burns of Kilsyth, and had been associated in running “The Fife Herald” since October 1846. He married Agnes Steen, daughter of Rev I Steen of the Royal Institution of Belfast on 30 October 1855. In April 1857, he decided to move to Ireland and settled in Newry. J.C. Orr bought the press from Whitehead and Burns in 1857 and went bankrupt in 1869.

More Information

Dates of Activity1849-1869
Activitybooksellers, bookbinders, stationers, letterpress, lithographic and copperplate printers & engravers
Online Ressourcehttp://www.nls.uk/
Scottish Book Trade Index online (list)

Place of Activity

Place of ActivityCupar
Cupar; 6 Bonnygate
Cupar; at Burnside (1849 - 1857)
Printing Works


HeadingWhitehead [James] & Burns [Walter]
used in: National Library of Scotland, Scottish Book Trade Index
Variant Name[James] Whitehead and [John Cunningham] Orr (1857)
*at Burnside, **Cupar
J.C. Orr (1857 - 1869)
*at Burnside, **Cupar


Found inSchenck. — Slater 1852. — Campbell Cupar

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