The Yeadon's Story

By Richard Bennett


On taking over the premises at 62 High Street, Elgin in 1887, James D Yeadon offered a wide range of services to the community. As well as selling new books and stationery, Yeadon was an antiquarian bookseller of distinction. Prime Minister Ramsay Macdonald was a regular customer.

He ran a bookbinding business, a lending library and a printing office and he published books of local history and community interest. Over a period of nearly fifty years, Yeadon published more than a dozen items. These ranged from a series of local view postcards to major works relating to the history of Moray.

His publication in 1914 of Elgin Past and Present, by H B Mackintosh, stands out as a remarkable achievement by a provincial bookseller. This scholarly and immaculately produced work remains a significant contribution to the historical literature of Moray.

Yeadon went on to publish other important works on aspects of local history by W Douglas Simpson and by Alistair and Henrietta Tayler.

Archived News

Our Publications: A Yeadons Exclusive!


We are proud to announce a return to our historic roots. For the first time in many decades Yeadons will publish books of local importance under our own imprint. The first title to be released is John R. Allan’s masterpiece The North-east Lowlands of Scotland.

Find out more here.

Independent Bookshop of the Year 2009 for Scotland


Nibbie thumbnail We won! Yeadon's of Elgin is delighted to announce to all that we have been awarded the title of Independent Bookshop of the Year 2009 for Scotland. Read more here...

We were on the final shortlist for the UK award, which was won by Alex and Emma Milne-White at the Hungerford Bookshop, so many congratulations to them and their great shop.

Our award was presented to us by best selling author, Roger Hutchinson, of Calum's Road fame.