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A New Song

1832: Representation of the People Acts

Author: Anon

Publication: A New Song

Publication type: Broadside

Featured individuals:
James Abercromby (1776-1858)
Ralph Abercromby (1734-1801)

A full copy of this poem is available.

This poem has a set tune, and its title is:
Derry Down, Down Derry Down.

Archive/Library: National Library of Scotland
Classmark(s): ABS.10.206.02(31)

The speaker of this song addresses all householders and urges them to give three cheers to James Abercromby, the Whig MP for Edinburgh. The poem also urges them to avail themselves of 'the deeds of your forefathers and the Union's repeal'.  Abercromby is described as 'the hero of Reform and the people's steady friend'.  No publication details are printed on this broadside so we cannot be certain where and when it was printed, but there is a handwritten note at the bottom of the poem, 15 [?] July 1832, which may indicate the publication date.