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Coachmaker John

1832: Representation of the People Acts
1867-8: Representation of the People Acts

Author: Anon

Publication: Coachmaker John

Place of publication: Edinburgh, Scotland

Publication type: Broadside

Featured individuals:
John Learmonth (1789-1858)

No full copy of this poem is available.

Archive/Library: National Library of Scotland
Classmark(s): H.17.a.39(27)

This poem appears to be written for the 1834 general election as it concerns John Learmonth, a coachmaker who stood for the Conservatives in 1834 in Edinburgh.  We are told in the poem that the days before the passing of the Reform Bill were the days of 'Coachmaker John'.  The poem then mocks the fact that Learmonth now represents himself as a very liberal candidate, and it also asks 'ten-pounders' - the newly enfranchised - to go see him make one of his 'bungling and boggling' speech.