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Here's a Health to Aytoun! A new song.

1832: Representation of the People Acts
1867-8: Representation of the People Acts

Author: Anon

Publication: Here's a Health to Aytoun! A new song

Publication type: Broadside

Featured individuals:
James Abercromby (1776-1858)
James Aytoun (1797-1881)
Francis Jeffrey (1773-1850)
John Archibald Murray (1778-1859)

A full copy of this poem is available.

Further information:

This poem has a set tune, and its title is:
Carle an' the King come.

Archive/Library: Glasgow University Library
Classmark(s): Special Collections: Eph p/134

Above this poem appears a woodcut, of two men drinking by a barrell.  The poem itself is a toast to the health of James Aytoun, the radical candidate for the Edinburgh seats in 1832 and 1834.  The poem expresses the speaker's disengagement with the Whig party, stating that it is now clear how different 'what they've professed' is from 'what they mean'.  The poem also states how various other politicians around Edinburgh offer little in comparison to Aytoun.  The poem, like several of the broadside poems that discuss Aytoun, notes that there was a 'clause' at the end of the Reform Bill which the Whigs included.  It is not clear exactly what this clause is a reference to: we are told here that it concerns 'three hundred pounds a-year'.  Regardless, the speaker is dismayed by it.  The poem asks 'brave Reformers stainch an' true' to vote for Aytoun.  The poem was also published in Blackwood's Magazine, an Edinburgh periodical, in September 1832.