Edinburgh Reform Pillar
Author: Anon [D. T.]
Publication: Caledonian Mercury
Published: 7 July 1832
Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical
A full copy of this poem is available.
Archive/Library: National Library of Scotland
Classmark(s): Reel no. NP30397
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'.