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A Reform Rant

1832: Representation of the People Acts

Author: Anon [J. B.]

Publication: Edinburgh [Evening] Weekly Chronicle

Published: 29 October 1831

Place of publication: Edinburgh, Scotland

Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical

Featured individuals:
Henry Brougham (1778-1868)
Charles Douglas, 3rd Baron Douglas (1775-1848)
James Graham, 3rd Duke of Montrose (1799-1874)
Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey (1764-1845)
Walter Montagu Douglas Scott, 5th Duke of Buccleuch (1806-1884)

No full copy of this poem is available.

This poem has a set tune, and its title is:
The Battle o' Shirra-muir.

Archive/Library: Central Library, Edinburgh
Classmark(s): fYAN E23 WC
Pages(s): 351

This poem discusses the Lords who have rejected the Reform Bill.  The speaker states that what grieved him or her most was seeing the ancient chiefs of Scotland voting against Reform, and worries that they might 'lame / Their country's name'.  Nevertheless, the poem ends on a hopeful note that the Whigs and the King can deliver the bill.  Haddington, Morton and Montagu are also referenced.