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Donald Grant's Opinions on the Reform Bill

1832: Representation of the People Acts

Author: Alexander Rodger (1784-1846)

Publication: Glasgow Herald

Published: 9 December 1831

Place of publication: Glasgow, Scotland

Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical

A full copy of this poem is available.

This poem has a set tune, and its title is:
Killiecrankie.

Archive/Library: Mitchell Library, Glasgow
Classmark(s): Hard copy: BX3
Pages(s): 4

This poem appears in a report of the Trades' Committee in the newspaper, and they have decided to reprint this poem, which was part of the evening's proceedings, by Alexander Rodger.  Rodger was a radical poet who became the editor of the Reformers' Gazette, and a contributor to the Whistle-binkie.  He also served some time in prison, on suspicion of publishing seditious material.  In this poem, the speaker, Tonald, addresses a friend, Tougall, and they converse about the Reform Bill which is causing a 'storm'.  By the end, Tougall states that he will become a Reformer, because of 'James the Weaver's' arguments that it will force the lairds to stop abusing the poor.  The poem is written in a parodic Scots.  This poem previously appeared in The Scots Times, a Glasgow newspaper, on 06-12-1831, although The Scots Times is not attributed here.