Old St. Andrews



The St. Andrews Herald



This the first newspaper to be printed in St. Andrews was, according to Frederick Worrell, former Mayor, printed at Chamcook on paper manufactured there by James Rait, prosperous ship-builder and millman. Only a dozen copies survive. Concering the technical history of the paper's inception and publication, I quote here from Robert Armstrong's "History of Journalism in St. Andrews," published in the St. Andrews Beacon February 3 and 10, 1910:


"Concerning the first paper Mr. Lawrence says:
            'The St. Andrews Herald was the property of a Company. Its editor, John Cochran, early retied and was succeeded by David Howe, brother of the Hon. Joseph Howe. In 1822, Peter Stubbs, a merchant of St. Andrews, purchased the Herald. His foreman was John H. Storey. In 1831 he sold it to his son John; the paper shortly after was discontinued. From 1820 to 1827 Mr. Stubbs was one of the member for Charlotte County. In 1832 he returned to Scotland, and died in 1840 in his 57th year.'
            Mr. D. Russell Jack, editor of Acadiensis, to whom I am indebted for information, says that David Howe removed to Halifax, and is buried in the old historic graveyard there.
            A few copies of the Herald are still preserved. One of these, of date April 24, 1821, has been in my possession for several years. It was called the Saint Andrews Herald and Commercial Advertiser. This paper is No. 20, vol. II, which would make the first issue about October 29, 1819. It is a four-page paper, four columns to the page, the column measure being a little wider than that which now prevails. In length each page is 15 inches. Under the heading it is announced that the paper is 'Printed and Published by Howe and Storey every Tuesday morning.' The subscription price is '15 shillings per annum.' At the head of the first column is the customary publisher’s announcement, as follows: 'SAINT ANDREWS HERALD, Printed at No. 5, South side of the Market wharf, where Subscriptions, Communications, Advertisements, or Job Work of any kind will be thankfully received and promptly attended to. 'Communications and Orders for Printing of any kind, arriving through the Post Office, must be post-paid, otherwise they will not be attended to.'