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Aytoun's Cigar

1832: Representation of the People Acts

Author: Anon

Publication: Caledonian Mercury

Published: 12 July 1832

Place of publication: Edinburgh, Scotland

Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical

Featured individuals:
James Aytoun (1797-1881)

A full copy of this poem is available.

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

The poem depicts Aytoun, the Edinburgh radical, wandering through the Cowgate (cloacked in cigar 'perfume').  He bumps into a stranger who states that they have never heard of him.  Aytoun is surprised and he states that the 'friends of reform' all know that few can give 'out-of-door' speeches as loudly as he can.  The end of the poem mocks Aytoun as a fanciful radical - it states that he 'builds castles in the air', which only a select few support.