Database of Poems
The Devil and the Tories
1832: Representation of the People Acts
Publication: The Devil and the Tories
Publication type: Broadside
King William IV (1765-1837)
Henry Brougham (1778-1868)
John Singleton Copley, Lord Lyndhurst (1772-1863)
Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey (1764-1845)
Edward Law, 1st Earl of Ellenborough (1790-1871)
Robert Peel (1788-1850)
John Russell, 1st Earl Russell (1792-1878)
John Spencer, Viscount Althorp (1782-1845)
Edward Sugden, 1st Baron St Leonards (1781-1875)
Charles William Vane, Marquess of Londonderry (1778-1854)
Henry Vassall-Fox, 3rd Baron Holland (1773-1840)
Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington (1769-1852)
A full copy of this poem is available.
This poem has a set tune, and its title is:
There's nae luck about the House.
Archive/Library: National Library of Scotland
This song, with several lines written in Scots, applauds the reformers, especially the Whigs, and mocks the Tories, who are described as the 'corruptionists'. Several Tory figures are attacked in the song, and there is a reference to 'Buckinghams' and 'Sir Charlie' but it is not entirely clear who these refer to. There are no publication details printed on the broadside so we cannot be sure where or when the song was published.