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Lines On Reading the Account of the Reform Meetings at Inverness, and other Northern Counties

1832: Representation of the People Acts

Author: Anon [W. S.]

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

Published: 2 June 1832

Place of publication: Edinburgh, Scotland

Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical

Featured individuals:
Walter Montagu Douglas Scott, 5th Duke of Buccleuch (1806-1884)

No full copy of this poem is available.

Archive/Library: National Library of Scotland
Classmark(s): Mf.N.3
Pages(s): 4

This poem attacks 'Scotia's chiefs' who no longer proclaim 'Freedom as their sire' - those who were opposed to the Reform Bill.  These chiefs are compared to 'full many a belted Highlandman' who have 'sworn adherence to the Bill'.  The poem then describes Highland landscapes which are described as 'pealing' for Reform.  The poem then adopts an almost revolutionary tone by stating 'at Freedom's high command / Brave Scotia's sons would join the dead'.  This poem is one of several examples where Reform is portrayed as a fight for Scotland's national freedom.  A note is included with this poem: 'Edinburgh, 1st June, 1832', presumably where and when this poem was written.