Author: Alexander Smart (1798-1866)
Publication: Scottish Verse 1851-1951
Publisher: Thomas Nelson and Sons Ltd
Publication type: Book
A full copy of this poem is available.
Archive/Library: The Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh
Classmark(s): REFERENCE 2.41 (08)
This poem comes from Alexander Smart's collection Rambling Rhymes, published in Edinburgh in 1834 - although no precise date for the poem is given. Smart (1798 - 1866) attended Montrose Academy, the same school as Joseph Hume MP. The poem reflects on the 1832 Reform Act and warns voters, 'ye true-hearted Scots' that the Tories will try to solict their vote. It also invokes the practice of tenants selling their votes, after the 1832 Reform Act, to those with superiority - Tory landowners. The poem can be quite cryptic but it is broadly supportive of 'the cause of Reform' and 'the bonny Scots Thistle'.