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1884: Representation of the People Act

Author: John Alexander

This poem appears in our anthology

Publication: Glasgow Weekly Mail

Published: 22 March 1884

Place of publication: Glasgow, Scotland

Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical

Featured individuals:
Robert Bruce (1274-1329)
William Ewart Gladstone (1809-1898)
William Wallace (1270-1305)

No full copy of this poem is available.

Archive/Library: Mitchell Library, Glasgow
Classmark(s): Microfilm Reel no. NP13663
Pages(s): 7

The speaker of this broad Scots poem, a 'plain speaking' old woman, enlarges on the 'winnerfu'' qualities of Gladstone, amid other observations on the state of the world – the dress and deportment of modern girls, the exploits of the 'Highland Brigade', a British army unit that served in Egypt and the Sudan from 1882 to 1885 (likened here to Wallace and Bruce). The poem is by John Alexander of 124 King Street, Calton, Glasgow. He is also the author of 'The Tory Barber' and 'Prepare to Knuckle Doon', also published in the Weekly Mail