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The Boatie Rows

1832: Representation of the People Acts

Author: Anon

Publication: Aberdeen Journal, and General Advertiser for the North of Scotland

Published: 18 May 1831

Place of publication: Aberdeen, Scotland

Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical

Featured individuals:
King William IV (1765-1837)
Henry Brougham (1778-1868)
Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey (1764-1845)

A full copy of this poem is available.

Archive/Library: Aberdeen University Library
Classmark(s): Microfilm
Pages(s): 4

The subject of this poem is a boat, seeking 'the haven of Reform'.  Alternative versions of this poem appeared in the Ayr Advertiser and the Edinburgh Weekly Chronicle which were pro-reform poems.  This version is more ambiguous: although it complements Brougham, Grey and William IV, the poem also states that the freight of the boat is 'a Nation's Doom!'. This poem is a very subtle attack on the architects of reform.