Blackwood, John

BORN 7 Dec 1818, Edinburgh: 2 Salisbury Road - DIED 29 Oct 1879, Strathtyrum House, Fife (near St Andrews)
GRAVE LOCATION Edinburgh: Dean Cemetery, Dean Path (small west-facing section of wall on the southern edge)

John Blackwood was the sixth son of the publisher William Blackwood (1776-1834). His father founded the firm of William Blackwood and Sons. John was educated at Edinburgh University. After that he travelled for three years on the continent. His father died in 1834 and his older brothers took over the management of the firm. In 1840 he became the manager of the new branch in London. In London his home was visited by John Gibson and William Makepeace Thackeray, who became a friend.

In 1845 his eldest brother died and he returned to Edinburgh to succeed him as editor of Blackwood's Magazin. He would hold this post for 33 years. He published "Scenes of Clerical Life", the early fiction of George Eliot. Her books would be published by Blackwood for many years. After another brother died in 1852 he became responsible for the publishing part of the business as well.

• Father: Blackwood, William

Related persons
• published work by Eliot, George
• was a friend of Thackeray, William Makepeace


The grave of John Blackwood at Dean Cemetery, Edinburgh.
Picture by Androom (05 Nov 2019)


John Blackwood (publisher) - Wikipedia

Blackwood, William

Published: 13 Jul 2022
Last update: 13 Jul 2022