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William Gifford (1756-1826), First editor of the Quarterly Review

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William Gifford was a satirical poet and classical scholar. As a young man Gifford became known to Lord Grosvenor, who became his patron. He produced several satirical poems including The Baviad (1794) and The Maeviad (1795), which established his reputation as a keen, even ferocious critic. In 1797 Gifford was appointed editor of the weekly journal The Anti-Jacobin, started by George Canning. He then became the first editor of the Tory Quarterly Review, a post that he held from 1809 until 1824.