Donald Grant's Opinions on the Reform Bill
Author: Alexander Rodger (1784-1846)
Publication: Glasgow Herald
Published: 9 December 1831
Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical
A full copy of this poem is available.
This poem has a set tune, and its title is:
Archive/Library: Mitchell Library, Glasgow
Classmark(s): Hard copy: BX3
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.