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The Glasgow Argus was a Scottish newspaper, published biweekly from 1833 to 1847. It took a reforming editorial line, supporting abolitionism and opposing the Corn Laws. [1] The Argus was perceived as the paper of the supporters of the Glasgow merchant and politician James Oswald. [2] The first editor, William Weir, not only made the Argus the recognised organ of the "clique", as Oswald's Whig and Liberal supporters were known, but pursued a radical editorial line of his own. [3] Eventually in 1839 he was sacked for his radical stance on free trade, incompatible with the Whig views of the proprietors; Weir wished Whig parliamentary candidates to pledge immediate repeal of the Corn Laws. [4] [5] Weir had also upset the shareholders of the paper by printing material critical of leading Whigs including the Lord Advocate, Andrew Rutherfurd. [6]

At the time of the 1847 United Kingdom general election, Charles Mackay disagreed with the paper's management on the choice of local Liberal candidate, and left the position of editor. [7] Although the newspaper had been recently enlarged, it was still making a loss and it was decided to wind it up on 29 November 1847. [6]



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  2. William Tait; Mrs. Christian Isobel Johnstone (1836). Tait's Edinburgh Magazine. W. Tait. p. 194. Retrieved 9 June 2013.
  3. Kenneth J. Cameron, William Weir and the Origins of the 'Manchester League' in Scotland, 1833-39, The Scottish Historical Review Vol. 58, No. 165, Part 1 (Apr., 1979), pp. 70-91. Published by: Edinburgh University Press. Stable URL:
  4. 1 2 Cameron, Kenneth J. "Weir, William". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/28975.(Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  5. Paul A. Pickering; Alex Tyrell (13 September 2000). The People's Bread: A History of the Anti-Corn Law League. Continuum International Publishing Group. p. 60. ISBN   978-0-7185-0218-8 . Retrieved 9 June 2013.
  6. 1 2 "MS 185 Glasgow Argus". Archive Services Online Catalogue. University of Dundee. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  7. Men of the Time: Biographical Sketches of Eminent Living Characters Also Biographical Sketches of Celebrated Women of the Time. Kent & Company. 1857. p. 496. Retrieved 9 June 2013.
  8. Viera, Carroll. "Hunt, Thornton Leigh". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/14210.(Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  9. Calder, Angus. "Mackay, Charles". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/17555.(Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
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