William Creech

(1745—1815) bookseller and magistrate

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He was apprenticed to the Royal Printer and then flourished in Edinburgh society by conducting auctions and hosting meetings known as ‘Creech's levees’. Creech published nationalist texts for little profit and raised the profile of Scottish literature. He wrote under the pseudonym ‘Theophrastus’ for several Scottish newspapers, and in 1791 published a collection of his own satirical writings entitled Edinburgh Fugitive Pieces.

From The Oxford Companion to the Book in Oxford Reference.

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