An Excellent New Ballad
Publication: Scots Times
Published: 10 May 1831
Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical
No full copy of this poem is available.
This poem has a set tune, and its title is:
The Beggar Girl.
Archive/Library: Mitchell Library, Glasgow
Classmark(s): Hard copy: BX39
This poem is attributed to The New North Briton, an Edinburgh newspaper. In the poem, a former MP addresses 'Magistrates / Provost and Bailies, and Councillors bland' in a bid to get them to support his cousin. The speaker harangues 'the infernal Reformers' and hopes that 'Tory Aristocrats' malison [...] May blight all the schemes of the Grey-headed Ministry', a very clear reference to the Prime Minister, Earl Grey.