Saltmarket

On the death of her husband, John Orr, Anna took over his publishing business in 1766 and ran it successfully for three decades. The family lived in a flat above the bookshop on the corner of Saltmarket and Gibson’s Wynd (Parnie Street). She published 17 of the earliest books ever printed in Gaelic which were mostly religious, although she is also likely the publisher of two pamphlets containing scurrilous Gaelic songs against Dr Samuel Johnson in 1781

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Anna Reid (Orr)
Anna Reid (Orr)