The Boatie Rows
Published: 18 May 1831
Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical
A full copy of this poem is available.
Archive/Library: Aberdeen University Library
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.