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Mr Aytoun's Campaign against the Airdrie Radicals, an Excellent New Song

1832: Representation of the People Acts

Author: Anon

Publication: Mr Aytoun's Campaign against the Airdrie Radicals

Place of publication: Edinburgh, Scotland

Publication type: Broadside

Featured individuals:
James Aytoun (1797-1881)

A full copy of this poem is available.

Further information:

Archive/Library: National Library of Scotland
Classmark(s): H.17.a.39(22); RB.m.143(183); ABS.10.206.02(52)

This election poem, we are told, was 'sung, with great applause, at the last dinner given by the Edinburgh Sour Milks'.  The speaker is a Conservative, who states that 'our tricks and our cunning will win us the day'.  The speaker appears to enjoy Aytoun's presence in the election as Aytoun is also attacking the Whigs, therefore doing the Tories' job for them; he is even described as 'Conservative Aytoun'.  When attacking the Whigs, the speaker stattes the 'the reforming communion / May rave about union' - mocking the Whigs' love of reform.  The poem was most likely written either for the 1832 General Election in Edinburgh; it also appears in Peter Brown's book Reform Songs and Squibs. Above the poem appears a woodcut illustration of a man upon a horse, which rears up in front a woman and two children.