The Daily Courant

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The Daily Courant
The Daily Courant.png
Front page of the first issue
Owner(s)Samuel Buckley
Founder(s)Elizabeth Mallet
Founded11 March 1702
Ceased publication28 June 1735
OCLC number4203980
A marker in London, close to where The Daily Courant was first published

The Daily Courant, initially published on 11 March 1702, was the first British daily newspaper. It was produced by Elizabeth Mallet at her premises next to the King's Arms tavern at Fleet Bridge in London.[1] The newspaper consisted of a single page, with advertisements on the reverse side.[2] Mallet advertised that she intended to publish only foreign news and would not add any comments of her own, supposing her readers to have "sense enough to make reflections for themselves".[3]

A 'courant', in this context, is derived from the Scottish dialect of the English language and refers to a newspaper or newsletter.[4]

After only forty days Mallet sold The Daily Courant to Samuel Buckley, who moved it to premises in the area of Little Britain in London, at "the sign of the Dolphin". Buckley later became the publisher of The Spectator.[5] The Daily Courant lasted until 1735, when it was merged with the Daily Gazetteer.[6]



  1. ^ Maxted, Ian (2004). "Mallet, Elizabeth (fl. 1672–1706)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/6680. Retrieved 25 March 2013. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  2. ^ Williams (2009), p. 54
  3. ^ Pagan, Anna M. "What's The News; The Age Of Addison". Retrieved 1 October 2012.
  4. ^ "Definition of 'courant'". Collins English Dictionary. Retrieved 10 May 2023.
  5. ^ Andrews (2000), p. 100
  6. ^ Andrews (2000), p. 101


  • Andrews, Alexander (2000) [1859], The History of British Journalism, vol. 1, Adamant Media
  • Williams, Kevin (2009), Read All About It!: A History of the British Newspaper, Routledge, ISBN 978-0-203-59689-0