freemenThe much-storied Freeman’s Journal.

First published on this date in 1763.

Sibling of Daedalus writes:

In the late 18th century, The Freeman’s Journal fell under the control of  Francis Higgins, known as the Sham Squire, who had made his fortune in dubious circumstances.

Heavy set with distinctive helmet hair, the Sham used the paper as a mouthpiece to praise himself, promote a pro-government agenda and spent much of his time suing other newspapers who wrote things about him. *cough*. Good times.


Pic via Irish Newspaper Archive