First Edition of the Belfast Newsletter

1st September 1737
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The Belfast Newsletter has been in publication since 1737

The first-ever edition of the Belfast News-Letter was published on the 1st of September 1737. Still in publication today, the News Letter is the longest-running newspaper in the English language. 

It was founded by Francis Joy, a man of Huguenot descent from Killead, Co. Antrim. The Belfast News-Letter began with 3 publications per week but grew to become a daily paper by 1855. 

The Belfast News-Letter is currently owned by the Johnston Press. Digitized copies of the Belfast News-Letter can be accessed online at the British Newspaper Archive


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