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Samuel Hunter

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Samuel Hunter

A Thomas Annan photograph of a portrait of Samuel Hunter (1769-1839). The painting was by Sir Daniel Macnee.

Educated at the University of Glasgow, Hunter became an army surgeon. In 1803 he became a partner in and editor of the Glasgow Herald and edited the newspaper for thirty-four years. Hunter was a larger-than-life character, who weighed 18 stones and had to book two seats on the coach when he visited Edinburgh. He was famous for his outspokenness and his pithy, witty and often earthy opinions became prime topics of conversation across the city. He was a senior officer in the Volunteers (the 4th Regiment of Sharpshooters, later the 4th Highland Lanarkshire Regiment) and was wounded in the head during the riot at the Dreghorn mansion in 1819.

Hunter served as a Glasgow magistrate. He held strong Tory principles and was an implacable foe of political reform and the Radical movement. He was a member of the famous Hodge Podge Club.

Reference: Mitchell Library, GC 920.041435 COR

Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Libraries Information and Learning

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