John Freeth

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John Freeth by unknown artist circa 1800

John Freeth (1731 – 29 September 1808), also known as Poet Freeth and who published his work under the pseudonym John Free,[1] was an English innkeeper, poet and songwriter. As the owner of Freeth's Coffee House between 1768 and his death in 1808, he was major figure in the political and cultural life of Birmingham during the Midlands Enlightenment.[2]


  1. ^ Hordern 1977, pp. 13–14
  2. ^ Money 1977, pp. 103–104


  • Horden, John (1993), John Freeth (1731-1808): Political Ballad Writer and Innkeeper, Oxford: Leopard's Head Press, ISBN 0-904920-19-4
  • Money, John (1977), Experience and identity: Birmingham and the West Midlands, 1760-1800, Manchester University Press, ISBN 0-7190-0672-4, retrieved 2011-05-08