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Glasgow Herald

A newspaper founded in 1783 by John Mennons, an Edinburgh man who had moved to Glasgow after several publishing failures in his native city. Until 1805 it was known as the Glasgow Advertiser and with its change of title and its new editor, Samuel Hunter, it adopted a middle-of-the-road attitude to politics, while its Glasgow rivals kept a strict Tory line. In 1837 George Outram became the editor and his propitiatory attitudes over THE disruption and Free Trade were a key factor in maintaining Conservative unity in Scotland. Besides changing the newspaper's political direction, Outram brought a new scholarly attitude to the press and he made it his business to exclude unworthy or crooked advertisements in defiance of contemporary practice. By mid-century the Glasgow Herald had become the most influential and financially secure newspaper in the west of Scotland and by 1859 it was a daily publication.

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