[Scots wha Bouverie hasna led]
Publication: Kilmarnock Standard
Published: 21 November 1868
Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical
No full copy of this poem is available.
This poem has a set tune, and its title is:
Scots wha hae.
Archive/Library: Burns Monument Centre
A report on the ‘Kilmarnock Burghs Election’ reprints a ‘sample’ extract from a poem issued ‘either by or on behalf of the rev. candidate’, Robert Thomson (a former minister) at an election day stump speech. In his speech Thomson appeals to nationalist sentiment, casting himself as not only the underdog but the only truly local candidate: Bouverie (the sitting MP, son of the Earl of Radnor) and Chadwick (an outsider brought in to represent the Advanced Liberal interest) are ‘bribing the press — untying their purse-strings to their self-seeking followers — to oust a man of your choice. Let Bouverie and Chadwick know — That Scottish honour is not bought or sold, / That we scorn their English juggling as we loathe their bribing gold.’ The short accompanying poem, which opens 'Scots wha Bouverie hasna led', is in the same vein, concluding: 'Let auld Chadwick gang awa' hame / By the 11.30 train; / And Thomson— that's the very same / That successful is to be.'