From An Old Radical, to his Cronie.
Publication: Paisley Daily Express
Published: 27 September 1884
Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical
No full copy of this poem is available.
Archive/Library: Paisley Central Library
The poet reflects on the Radical Martyrs of 1820 - Hardie and Baird - and is critical of the blocking tactics of the Lords. He encourages his Cronie to seize again the spirit of 1832. This should be read against the Paisley Franchise Demonstration of September 1884 in which veterans of 1832 took part. The notion of a radical legacy is to the fore in this poem.