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Griffiths, Ralph (1720?–1803), journal editor and bookseller, is said to have been born in 1720; most authorities give Shropshire as the place, while others simply mention that he was first heard of in Staffordshire. He does not appear in written records until his legal troubles in ...


James Sibbald (1747–1803) by unknown artist © Scottish National Portrait Gallery


Sibbald, James (1747–1803), bookseller and journal editor, was born at Whitlaw farm, Roxburghshire, the third of the seven children of John Sibbald (1714–1781), farmer, and Margaret Grieve. After attending the Selkirk grammar school he worked as a farmer, grazing his sheep at the farms of ...