The Owl (magazine)

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The Owl: a Wednesday journal of politics and society was a satirical society newspaper published in London from 1864 to 1870. Irregularly published, but sometimes fortnightly, it cost 6d., was Tory in politics and consisted of a mix of satire and London society gossip.

The Owl was founded by Morning Post editor Algernon Borthwick, together with Evelyn Ashley, Lord Wharncliffe (1827–99) and James Archibald Stuart-Wortley.[1]

The Conservative MP Alexander Baillie-Cochrane, 1st Baron Lamington was joint editor of the paper from 1864 to 1868.[2] Contributors included the architect Arthur Ashpitel (1807–69), Disraeli's private secretary Montagu Corry, Laurence Oliphant, and Henry Drummond Wolff.[2] They also included Mortimer Collins,[3] Lord Houghton, Ralph Bernal Osborne, George Otto Trevelyan, and Thomas Gibson Bowles.[4]


  1. ^ H. C. G. Matthew, ‘Borthwick, Algernon, Baron Glenesk (1830–1908)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004, accessed 11 January 2008
  2. ^ a b ODNB
  3. ^ 'Early Days of Mortimer Collins', Dublin University Magazine, 90 (1877), p. 340ff
  4. ^ Reginald Lucas, 'Borthwick, Sir Algernon, first Baron Glenesk (1830–1908)', Dictionary of National Biography, 1912.