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.