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Huzza for Aytoun! A New Song.

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

Author: Anon

Publication: Huzza for Aytoun! A New Song.

Place of publication: Edinburgh, Scotland

Publication type: Broadside

Featured individuals:
James Aytoun (1797-1881)
John Archibald Murray (1778-1859)

No full copy of this poem is available.

This poem has a set tune, and its title is:
The Arethusa.

Archive/Library: National Library of Scotland
Classmark(s): RB.m.143(187)

This poem addresses 'all Reformers brave anad free' and asks them to sing 'Huzza for Aytoun' - Aytoun was the radical candidate for the Edinburgh seat at the General Election in 1832 and 1834.  The poem commends the fact that he is not rich, which sets him apart from the Tories and the worst of all, the Whigs.  The rest of the poem then focuses on attacking the Whigs, referencing several obscure names, including Gibson & co.  'Bottom' is almost certainly a reference to John Archibald Murray.  The speaker then states that Aytoun will vote for 'Reform to any extent', reflecting the fact that many Radicals did not feel the Reform Bill went far enough.  The poem also attacks the 'Whig Clause' - it is not clear what this is but it appears to have been a clause included in the Reform Bill which the Radicals were not happy with - it is mentioned in several broadside poems in Edinburgh.