William Blackwood, a Scottish bookseller and publisher, born in Edinburgh, Nov. 20, 1776, died Sept. 16. 1834. He was apprenticed to a bookseller, and conducted business successively in Glasgow and London till 1804, when he established himself in Edinburgh as a dealer in old books. In 1817 he commenced the publication of "Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine," of which he was the conductor, although he availed himself of the advice and assistance of Wilson, Lockhart, and others. The magazine soon acquired popularity, and became the acknowledged organ of the tory party in Great Britain. "Blackwood" has contained contributions from many of the foremost writers of its day; and several novels of acknowledged merit Bret appeared in its pages, including "The Oaxtons," "My Novel," and "What Will be Do with it?" by Bulwer. The "Noctes Ambrosiame," mainly written by Wilson, extending to 71 numbers, was begun in 1822, and continued with occasional intermissions till 5. Tlic house founded by William Blackwood is one of the leading publishing firms in Great Britain, and its principal place of business has for some years been in London.