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A New Song, in Honour of Sir John Dalrymple, The Reform Candidate for the County of Edinburgh

1832: Representation of the People Acts

Author: John Maclean

Publication: A New Song, in Honour of Sir John Dalrymple, The Reform Candidate for the County of Edinburgh

Publication type: Broadside

Featured individuals:
John Dalrymple (1771-1853)

A full copy of this poem is available.

Archive/Library: National Library of Scotland
Classmark(s): RB.l.54; ABS.10.206.02(10)

We are told that the writer of this song, John Maclean, is a coal miner.  The poem proclaims John Dalrymple, a general in the British Army as the 'bravest man'.  Dalrymple was the Whig candidate for the Midlothian seat in 1832 and won.  Maclean urges all Ten Pounders, the newly enfranchised, to give their vote to Dalrymple.  Several local figures are also mentioned: Grey the Tobacconist, Moffat in the High Street, Somerville, Tornburn, Elliot, Tait, Walker, Thomson and Miller.  There are no publication details printed on this broadside so we cannot be certain of the date or place of publication, but it was most likely Edinburgh in late 1832.