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The Bells are a' Ringing

1832: Representation of the People Acts

Author: Anon

Publication: The Bells are a' Ringing

Published: August 1832

Publication type: Broadside

Featured individuals:
Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey (1764-1845)
Joseph Hume (1777-1855)

A full copy of this poem is available.

Further information:

Archive/Library: National Library of Scotland
Classmark(s): RB.l.54(48); L.C.Fol.70(137a); ABS.10.206.02(28)

This poem, written in Scots, speaks of information gained from London that the Reform Bill has passed.  The chorus is marked by a tone of jubilation, while it describes the Tories as 'swingin' / By the necks fast at hame'.  The poem applauds the efforts of the Prime Minister, Earl Grey, and the Scottish Radical MP Joseph Hume.  An illustration appears above the poem of an adult sitting aparently reading to two children.