Publication: Caledonian Mercury
Published: 12 July 1832
Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical
James Aytoun (1797-1881)
A full copy of this poem is available.
Archive/Library: National Library of Scotland
Classmark(s): Reel no. NP30397
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.