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The Victory

1867-8: Representation of the People Acts

Author: Anon [M.]

Publication: Kilmarnock Standard

Published: 21 November 1868

Place of publication: Kilmarnock, Scotland

Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical

Featured individuals:
Edwin Chadwick (1800-1890)
Alexander Macdonald (1821-1881)
John Stuart Mill (1806-1873)
Edward Pleydell-Bouverie (1818-1889)

No full copy of this poem is available.

Archive/Library: Burns Monument Centre
Classmark(s): Microfilm
Pages(s): 2

This poem, dated 18 November, celebrates the outcome of the 1868 election in the Kilmarnock Burghs constituency, in which the sitting Liberal MP Edward Bouverie defeated two challengers: an Advanced Liberal, Edwin Chadwick, and a populist independent, Robert Thomson (a third left-wing challenger, Alexander Macdonald, retired before election day). The poet celebrates Kilmarnock's Liberal-Radical political history: it is a 'toun' 'Where colliers rave and weavers spout; / Famed for bonnets, plaids and shoon— / Famed for many a brave turn-out . . . Here Whig and Tory fights oft rose— Nor are the days of fighting past'. The results of the latest election are framed as a continuation of that struggle – somewhat disingenuously, perhaps, as this was a contest lacking any Tory participation, in which the most conservative of the Liberal candidates emerged the victor.