The Deveron Press
James Leatham (1865-1945) was born in Aberdeen and lived much of his life in the North East of Scotland. He was a printer/publisher, and politically active in the co-operative socialist movement throughout his life. Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald described him as 'an individualist' and he was certainly that.
Leatham moved to Turriff, Aberdeenshire in 1916 where he set up Deveron Press. He also published The Gateway Journal from here until his death in 1945. It had been started in 1912 by Leatham's 'Cottingham Press' and ran to 30 Volumes and 361 editions.
He was involved in local politics in Turriff from 1922 and served as Provost of the Town Council from 1933 until his death in 1945. He was awarded the MBE in 1942.
As a tribute to James Leatham, Ayton Publishing relaunched The Deveron Press as an imprint in 2016, a century after its first inception. The Centenary Collection, featuring 10 books originally written and/or published by James Leatham is available for purchase in paperback and ebook formats from unco books Several other authors have been published under the Deveron Press imprint since. (Please look at the 'authors' page for details)