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Carson's Farewell to Aberdeen

1918: Representation of the People Act

Author: Anon

This poem appears in our anthology

Publication: The Premier

Published: 30 June 1908

Place of publication: Aberdeen, Scotland

Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical

Featured individuals:
Herbert Henry Asquith (1852-1928)
Edward Carson (1854-1935)
Alfred Milner (1854-1825)
Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice (1845-1927)

A full copy of this poem is available.

This poem has a set tune, and its title is:
Ae Fond Kiss.

Archive/Library: Aberdeen Central Library
Classmark(s): LC 050 AB3
Pages(s): 12-13

This poem appears in The Premier, an Aberdeen journal which campaigned to install Prime Minister Asquith as Rector of Aberdeen University. In this poem, which is set to the tune of Robert Burns's Ae Fond Kiss, Carson is portrayed as addressing his supporters, Unionists and Suffragettes, after losing the Rectorial election.  Carson states that he regretted his candidature and Asquith is portrayed as 'too strong for me to fight with'.