The Triumph of Reform
Publication: The Triumph of Reform
Publication type: Broadside
Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey (1764-1845)
Joseph Hume (1777-1855)
Daniel O'Connell (1775-1847)
John Russell, 1st Earl Russell (1792-1878)
John Spencer, Viscount Althorp (1782-1845)
Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington (1769-1852)
A full copy of this poem is available.
Archive/Library: National Library of Scotland
Classmark(s): RB.l.54(52); ABS.10.206.02
This poem instructs the 'sons of Scotia' to make 'tyrants tremble'. The poem portrays Earl Grey, Russell, Hume and 'Dan', presumably Daniel O'Connell, as brave (pro-reform) figures. Although the speaker expresses loyalty to the King, it does not appear to be uncondititional: the speaker believes that the King 'shouldn't strip us of our rights'. Reform is portrayed as a cause that will bring the 'big-bellied rogues down' and the poem concludes by urging people to give three cheers to 'the men of Birmingham' - perhaps a reference to the agitation in Birmingham, which was, for a time, garrisoned by the Scots Greys. There are no publication details with this broadside, so we cannot be certain of the place or date of publication, but there is a handwritten note at the bottom of this broadside, which states '24 July 1832', which may indicate a publication date.