The Edinburgh Union of Journeymen Bookbinders started life in 1814 in the same manner as the Bookbinders' Consolidated Union as a relief fund called the Society of Bookbinders in Edinburgh. This became the Edinburgh Union of Journeymen Bookbinders in 1822. Along with London, Edinburgh decided not to join the Bookbinders' Consolidated Union and remained independent despite recurring amalgamation talks and a Bookbinders' Consolidated Union branch being opened in Edinburgh in 1846. However, a trade dispute in the early 1870s weakened the Edinburgh Union of Journeymen Bookbinders and as a result of this and the growing realisation that national agreements were beginning to prevail, the Edinburgh Union and the newly retitled Bookbinders and Machine Rulers' Conslidated Union decided to amalgamate with effect from September 1872.
Reference: C.J. Bundock, The Story of the National Union of Printing, Bookbinding and Paper Workers (Oxford, 1959)