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"I'm One of the People"

1832: Representation of the People Acts

Author: Anon

Publication: "I'm One of the People"

Publisher: Printed at the Office of the New Cornucopia, 135, High Street

Place of publication: Edinburgh, Scotland

Publication type: Broadside

Featured individuals:
William Aitchison
John Archibald Murray (1778-1859)
William Murray, 4th Earl of Mansfield (1806-1898)

No full copy of this poem is available.

Archive/Library: National Library of Scotland
Classmark(s): abs.10.206.02(23)

In this satirical song, John Archibald Murray, the Tory candidate for the Leith burghs, is mocked for styling himself 'one of the people!'.  The song points out his family's links to the aristocracy and states that he is against 'all the trading communities'.  In a prefatory note, we are told that the song is 'Sung, Composed, and Adapted to Music, for Lord Archibald Murray, Esq., Advocate, with a PIPE Accompaniment, ad libitum'; Murray himself was a piper.  Although no publication date is printed on the broadside, there is a handwritten note, '10 July 1832', which may refer to the publication date.