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Edinburgh Reform Pillar

1832: Representation of the People Acts

Author: Anon [D. T.]

Publication: Caledonian Mercury

Published: 7 July 1832

Place of publication: Edinburgh, Scotland

Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical

Featured individuals:
King William IV (1765-1837)
Henry Brougham (1778-1868)
Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey (1764-1845)
John Russell, 1st Earl Russell (1792-1878)
John Spencer, Viscount Althorp (1782-1845)

A full copy of this poem is available.

Archive/Library: National Library of Scotland
Classmark(s): Reel no. NP30397
Pages(s): 4

We are told that these are 'Lines on seeing an elegant design of a Pillar to commemorate the glorious Reform of 1832, to amend the representation of the People'.  The statue consists of four lions who are symbolic of Grey, Brougham, Russell and Althrop; above them appears figures symbolic of the people, with the King on top of a pillar.  In the poem itself, the speaker asserts that the statesmen have redeemed their pledge, and that the 'blood-suckers' (anti-reformers) 'retire with a groan'.