About | The New Highlander
The New Highlander offers unbiased news, objective news analysis and independent commentary from around Scotland, the United Kingdom & the rest of the world.
The New Highlander magazine is edited with one philosophy at the fore: that partisanship is the politics of the past. Rigid adherence to tribal identity hinders progress and detracts from the nuances of the political process.
The Highlander Legacy
The Highlander was a weekly Scottish publication, established in the year 1873 by Nairn-born exciseman John Murdoch. Inspired by the plight of the Highland crofters, Murdoch came to believe that the brutal system of land ownership had stolen from the Gaelic people their culture and esteem. He dedicated The Highlander to protesting this perceived injustice by campaigning for land reform. As a result, Murdoch was intimately involved in a series of events which culminated with the Crofters’ Holdings (Scotland) Act of 1886.
Murdoch was not beholden to factionalism nor division and saw the benefits of independent thought in handling issues of great importance. A devout Socialist, Murdoch saw no issue participating in a land reform movement dominated by Liberals. Most remarkable of all, the paper - which was later credited with reinvigorating the culture of the Highlands - was written primarily in English by a man who had worked for most of his life in England and Ireland.
The Highlander ceased publication in the 1882 after a period of sustained financial hardship. But Murdoch’s influence continued long after the final edition was released. He continued to participate in politics for the rest of his life and, as a result, John Murdoch was one of the chairs at the meeting which founded the Scottish Labour Party.
In a political climate tainted by tribalism, Murdoch’s spirit is needed more than ever. Inspired by his storied career, The New Highlander was founded to offer informative, honest and truly independent commentary on the latest news, culture and current affairs.