Author: Anon [M.]
Publication: Kilmarnock Standard
Published: 21 November 1868
Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical
No full copy of this poem is available.
Archive/Library: Burns Monument Centre
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.