Francis Jeffrey, Lord Jeffrey

Francis Jeffrey, Lord Jeffrey
Francis Jeffrey, Lord Jeffrey, was a Scottish judge and literary critic.

He was born in Edinburgh, and, after attending the Royal High School, he studied at the University of Glasgow and Queen's College, Oxford. He became a member of the Speculative Society, where he debated with Walter Scott, Lord Brougham, Francis Horner, the Marquess of Lansdowne, Lord Kinnaird and others. He was admitted to the Scottish bar in December 1794, but, having abandoned the Tory principles in which he had been educated, he found that his Whig politics hampered his legal prospects.

In 1802, Jeffrey joined with Sydney Smith and other friends to establish a liberal critical periodical, The Edinburgh Review. Jeffrey served as editor from 1803 until 1829, after which he continued to contribute essays on criticism, biography, politics, and ethics.

According to Lord Cockburn, the effect of the first number of The Edinburgh Review was "electrical." The English reviews were at that time practically publishers' organ…more

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