Author: David Thomson (1806-1870)
[also known as D.T., Hillend]
This poem appears in our anthology
Publication: Airdrie, Coatbridge, Bathgate and Wishaw Advertiser
Published: 24 November 1866
Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical
John Bright (1811-1889)
A full copy of this poem is available.
Archive/Library: Airdrie Public Library
David Thomson usually published in the newspaper press as 'D.T., Hillend'. He was a working-class poet, formerly a miner, who at this point was the keeper of the reservoir at Burnfoot. His works were posthumously published as Musings Among the Heather (Edinburgh: Thomson Brothers, 1881), but 'Reform', an anti-Tory poem in Scots celebrating John Bright and the progress towards Reform in 1867, first appeared in the newspaper press. It was on the front page of the Airdrie Advertiser. It subsequently appeared in Musings, p.238.