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Reform

1832: Representation of the People Acts

Author: Anon [A. S.]

Publication: Caledonian Mercury

Published: 21 January 1832

Place of publication: Edinburgh, Scotland

Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical

Featured individuals:
King William IV (1765-1837)

A full copy of this poem is available.

Archive/Library: National Library of Scotland
Classmark(s): Reel no. NP30397
Pages(s): 3

This poem, written in Scots and standard Habbie, or Burns stanza, proclaims that reform is like a 'magic wand' that has united Scotland, while boroughmongers are left 'rumpit'.  The speaker asserts its support for the King and also states that, while Scotland has never losts its rights, the nation is subject to 'borough bailie[s]' who can 'barter [...] the rights o' men'.  This poem, with 'Burns stanza' form, was most likely included as Burns Night was approaching.