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The Scots Athlete

The Scots Athlete athletics magazine was started just after the 2nd World War by Walter Ross and his business partner Dale Greig. Although the publication was supposed to be monthly, often several issues were published together. The relationship between the numbers and the dates is somewhat idosynchratic and Walter's own. For example, Vol 1, 11 (March 1947) is numbered as No 11 on the outer cover but as No 11 & 12 on the inner cover. In 1951 (Vol 6) there is an extra issue called Mid Summer Issue and in 1955 there is a Vol 9, 9-10 and a Vol 9, 10-11 but no Vol 9, 12.

The construction of this part of the Archive took some uncovering. When Dale Grieg closed Walter's shop she handed out the remainders of Volumes 3 to 11. I was lucky enough to get two copies and had one bound as a present for my father, David Morrison. I kept the other loose bound set. I also inherited the bound copy when my father died whereupon I gave the loose set to Don Macgregor. While it was always my intention to make an electronic copy of the magazines, nothing happened until Ian Clifton cleared out his study and presented me with yet another set. By coincidence, Alan Potts saw this copy and offered to scan them for the electronic version.

It was then that we found out that the 3 sets were not complete and had different issues missing. My bound version did not have Vol 5, 10, Alan Potts' set did not have: Vol 3,10-11; Vol 3,12; Vol 4,6; Vol 5,6; 6,10-11; Vol 9, 7-8; Vol 9, 9-1 and Vol 11,11-12. Fortunately Don had all of them in the loose binding and suitable for scanning.

Vols 1 and 2 were also a problem but Brian McAusland came to the rescue with loose editions of all except the 1st issue No 1. That was provided by John Mackay who has a bound version of Vol 1 that was originally presented to Eddie Taylor by Walter Ross. It is small and could be scanned without breaking the spine. The striped lines on the scan were put there by John Cairney when he was reserching for the Shettleston Centenary book. Volume 12 did not turn up until 2013 when John Mackay cleaned out his loft.

The price of the magazine gives and indication of inflation rates at the time. The first edition in April 1946 cost 3d (that is 3 old pence) but it went up to 6d in November 1946. No further increase occurred until June 1956 when the cost rose to 1/-.

Here is what we have - it makes facinating reading. Look out for the Web Centre a truly prescient notion.

Volumes

Year
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
1946
1947
1948
1949
 
1950
1951
1952
1953
1954
1955
1956
1957
1958