Counting down to the Courier's 200th anniversary

Two centuries of The Inverness Courier

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ON December 4, The Inverness Courier will reach the 200th anniversary of its first publication.

As the milestone in the paper's history approaches, we are undertaking a 200-day countdown highlighting some of the headlines on a year-by-year basis starting with the very first front page.

Kirk splits in 1843

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THE so-called disruption in the established Church of Scotland reverberated across the country including the Highlands.

Improvements to Inverness Museum planned in 1836

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SINCE being established a decade earlier, the museum had built up a growing collection of items including coins, minerals and on one occasion had even been presented with a live alligator by former Inverness man John Fraser who moved to Charleston, Carolina, where he was a merchant.

Burke hanged for murder in 1829

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THE notorious series of murders carried out by William Burke and William Hare in Edinburgh horrified and enthralled people across the country including the Highlands.

Gas and water supplies to be improved in 1828

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THE River Ness was turning into a common sewer and causing great inconvenience to the many families who did not live nearby as well as being time consuming for servants fetching water, according to a report in July.

New King of France anointed in 1825

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CROWDS besieged the cathedral of Reims early on May 29 for the coronation of King Charles X, according to a report in The Inverness Courier's Foreign Intelligence column.

Travel by boat booms in 1824

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WATER transport was the easiest mode of travel for reaching many destinations in the early 19th century and the opening of the Caledonian Canal in 1822 led to increased opportunities.

Inverness estate for sale in 1821

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AS well as providing a vital news service, The Inverness Courier was also important for traders and businesses to promote their goods and services.

Inverness Harbour enjoys continued growth in 1818

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THE port played an important role in the town's trade and economic growth. Wool was an important foreign export and the textile industry contributed to the further development of the Highland capital during the 18th century.

Newspaper launched in 1817

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THE first edition of The Inverness Courier rolled off the press on December 4, 1817, after receiving the backing of subscribers including mainly booksellers, bankers and postmasters in the town.