John Jaffray

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Jaffray as caricatured by Spy (Leslie Ward) in Vanity Fair, April 1890

Sir John Jaffray, 1st Baronet (11 October 1818 – 4 January 1901) was a Scottish journalist and newspaper proprietor.

Born in Stirling, he moved to Birmingham in 1844, to work for John Frederick Feeney on the Birmingham Journal, and became a partner in it in 1852. Together they founded the Birmingham Daily Post, (now Birmingham Post) in 1857. He founded the Birmingham Mail with Feeney's son John Feeney in 1870.

He served as High Sheriff of Warwickshire in 1888 and was created a Baronet, of Skilts in Studley in the County of Warwick, in 1892, taking his title from the estate he had bought there.


  • Kidd, Charles, Williamson, David (editors). Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage (1990 edition). New York: St Martin's Press, 1990.
  • Leigh Rayment's Peerage Pages [self-published source][better source needed]
  • Birmingham City Archives, MS 1784, introduction (from [1] - search for John Jaffray).
  • "Parishes: Studley", A History of the County of Warwick: Volume 3: Barlichway hundred (1945), pp. 175–187. Jaffray (accessed: 30 January 2008).
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
New creation
(of Skilts)
Succeeded by
William Jaffray