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Mr Aytoun's Campaign against the Airdrie Radicals

1832: Representation of the People Acts

Author: Anon

Publication: Reform Songs and Squibs

Publisher: Printed by Peter Brown

Place of publication: Edinburgh, Scotland

Publication type: Book

Featured individuals:
James Aytoun (1797-1881)

No full copy of this poem is available.

Archive/Library: Aberdeen University Library
Classmark(s): 82 (41) 17 Ref
Pages(s): 42-44

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.