Aytoun, The Friend of the People!! A New Song
Publication: Aytoun, the Friend of the People!! A New Song
Publication type: Broadside
A full copy of this poem is available.
This poem has a set tune, and its title is:
Archive/Library: National Library of Scotland
Classmark(s): H.17.a.39(14) - no illustration; ABS.10.203.01(106) and RB.l.54(64) - with illustration
This poem is addressed to the reformers of Edinburgh, stating that (now Jeffrey is no longer a candidate), they should give their votes to the radical, James Aytoun. He is portrayed as a 'friend to liberty', who should be elected by 'the people's voice'. The poem is almost certainly from 1834, when Aytoun challenged John Campbell for the Edinburgh seat, a Whig who was rejected at the Dudley by-election, who is referenced in the poem. Campbell was elected with 50.7% of the vote; Aytoun received just 12.6%.