Database of Poems

Back to results

[Up John bull and clear your brows]

1832: Representation of the People Acts

Author: Anon

This poem appears in our anthology

Publication: Scotsman [or, Edinburgh Political and Literary Journal]

Published: 26 May 1832

Place of publication: Edinburgh, Scotland

Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical

Featured individuals:
King William IV (1765-1837)
Henry Brougham (1778-1868)
Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey (1764-1845)
John Russell, 1st Earl Russell (1792-1878)
John Spencer, Viscount Althorp (1782-1845)
Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington (1769-1852)

No full copy of this poem is available.

This poem has a set tune, and its title is:
Donald Caird.

Archive/Library: National Library of Scotland
Classmark(s): Mf.N.3
Pages(s): 3

This song appears in a report on 'Reform Meetings' throughout Scotland.  We are told that, following the Kirkcaldy meeting, a party was held to celebrate the return of the Whig government after the 'Days of May' crisis, and this song was sung there.  The song addresses 'John Bull', 'Irish Pat' and 'Caledonians', and advises them to drink to celebrate the return of Earl Grey's Whig government.  We are told that the 'boroughmonger loon and Bishop' have been overcome, while Grey is portrayed as a 'man', in comparison to the elitist lords.  The report tells us that the song came from the London Gazette Extraordinary, a London newspaper, although the song is written in Scots.