In turn, The London Gazette carries not only notices of UK-wide interest, but also those relating specifically to entities or people in England and Wales. However, certain notices that are only of specific interest to Scotland or Northern Ireland are also required to be published in The London Gazette.
The London Gazette
is published each weekday, except for bank holidays
. Notices for the following, among others, are published:
The London Gazette
was first published as The Oxford Gazette
on 7 November 1665. Charles II
and the Royal Court had moved to Oxford
to escape the Great Plague of London
, and courtiers
were unwilling to touch London newspapers for fear of contagion. The Gazette
was "Published by Authority" by Henry Muddiman
, and its first publication is noted by Samuel Pepys
in his diary
. The King returned to London as the plague dissipated, and the Gazette
moved too, with the first issue of The London Gazette
(labelled No. 24) being published on 5 February 1666.
was not a newspaper in the modern sense: it was sent by post to subscribers, not printed for sale to the general public.
In time of war, dispatches from the various conflicts are published in The London Gazette
. People referred to are said to have been mentioned in despatches
. When members of the armed forces are promoted, and these promotions are published here, the person is said to have been "gazetted".
Being "gazetted" (or "in the gazette") sometimes also meant having official notice of one's bankruptcy published,
as in the classic ten-line poem comparing the stolid tenant farmer of 1722 to the lavishly spending faux-genteel farmers of 1822:
Notices of engagement and marriage were also formerly published in the Gazette.
Gazettes, modelled on The London Gazette, were issued for most British colonial possessions.
Until 1752 and the changes introduced by Calendar (New Style) Act 1750
, the Gazette was published with a dateline based on the Julian calendar
with the start of year as 25 March. Modern secondary sources usually adjust the start of the calendar year during this period to 1 January. Using this adjustment a London Gazette issue dated 4 January 1723 was published in 1724, the same year as an issue published on 4 April 1724 (See the article Old Style and New Style dates
- ^ "No. 6231". The London Gazette. 4 January 1723. p. 1.; "No. 6257". The London Gazette. 4 April 1724. p. 1.
- ^ "No. 1". The Oxford Gazette. 7 November 1665. p. 1.
- ^ "Search Result". thegazette.co.uk.
- ^ "Data Re-use". The London Gazette. Retrieved 10 December 2015.
- ^ "No. 24". The London Gazette. 5 February 1666. p. 1.
- ^ By William Hone (1827); published by Hunt and Clarke.
and Belfast Gazettes
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