Bible, Galloway Family; Bassandyne, Thomas; 1579; RI.W2010.3061
Bible, Galloway FamilyEdition
PublisherAbout this object
This Bible came from Scotland with the Galloway family in the mid-1800s and is extremely significant in that it was the first complete English-language Bible printed in Scotland. Only a few years prior to its printing, simply possessing a Bible in English was an offence punishable by death and thus represents a revolution in the religious practices and tolerances of the era.
The Galloway family have long-standing connections with the printing industry from as early as 1798, when Alexander Galloway married Agnes Hill - the daughter of a Scottish paper-maker. One of their children, William Galloway became involved in publishing in Scotland before emigrating to New Zealand. Once there, William and his son Alexander purchased Riverton's local newspaper - The Western Star - and traded as Galloway and Son. Additionally, beginning in 1769, the Galloway family genealogical records have been written within the pages of this Bible.
organic, processed materials, leather
organic, processed material, paper
h 320 mm x w 260 mm x d 75 mmDate Made
Bassandyne, ThomasPublication Date
Europe, United Kingdom, Scotland, EdinburghPublisher
Arbuthnot, AlexanderPublication Date
Europe, United Kingdom, Scotland, EdinburghSubject and Association Keywords