Mr Aytoun's Campaign against the Airdrie Radicals
Publication: Reform Songs and Squibs
Publisher: Printed by Peter Brown
Publication type: Book
James Aytoun (1797-1881)
No full copy of this poem is available.
Archive/Library: Aberdeen University Library
Classmark(s): 82 (41) 17 Ref
This poem appears in a collection of poems connected to the 1832 Reform campaigns and subsequent elections by the reformer Peter Brown, who eventually settled in Toronto and founded the Toronto Banner. The speaker appears to enjoy Aytoun's presence in the election as he is also attacking the Whigs, therefore doing the Tories' job for them; he is even described as 'Conservative Aytoun'. When attacking the Whigs, the speaker stattes the 'the Reforming communion / May rave about union' - mocking the Whigs' love of reform. The poem was most likely written either for the 1832 or 1834 General Election in Edinburgh. The poem was also published in broadside format.