(1810–68) Known as ‘Jacob Omnium’; born at Benown Castle in Co. Meath, Ireland; educated at Eton College and New College, Oxford. Higgins was a prominent journalist who contributed to The Times, Punch, and the Cornhill Magazine. His campaigning articles, which often exposed abuses of social and public life, brought him into contact with W. M. Thackeray, who dedicated his Adventures of Philip to Higgins. His Essays on Social Subjects was published in 1875.
From The Oxford Companion to English Literature in Oxford Reference.