Robert Stephen Rintoul

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Robert Stephen Rintoul
Born 1787
Tibbermore, Perthshire
Died 22 April 1858
Nationality British
Occupation Journalist

Robert Stephen Rintoul (1787 – 22 April 1858) was a British journalist. He was born at Tibbermore, Perthshire, in 1787, and educated at the Aberdalgie parish school. After serving his apprenticeship to the printing trade he became the printer and subsequently the editor of the Dundee Advertiser.

In 1826 he went to London where he was editor of The Atlas before, in July 1828 with the assistance of friends, founding The Spectator.[1][2] In this publication Rintoul strongly supported the Reform Bill, and to him was due the catchphrase "The bill, the whole bill, and nothing but the bill".

After publishing and managing the affairs of The Spectator for more than thirty years, he sold it shortly before his death.


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  2. ^ . Advertisements. The Times (13637). London. 5 July 1828. col D, p. 4. Missing or empty |title= (help)