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A New Song for the Electors of the County of Mid-Lothian

1832: Representation of the People Acts

Author: Anon

Publication: Reform Songs and Squibs

Publisher: Printed by Peter Brown

Place of publication: Edinburgh, Scotland

Publication type: Book

Featured individuals:
John Dalrymple (1771-1853)

A full copy of this poem is available.

This poem has a set tune, and its title is:
The Young Lochinvar.

Archive/Library: Aberdeen University Library
Classmark(s): 82 (41) 17 Ref
Pages(s): 91-93

This collection of poems is published by Peter Brown, a 'ten pounder' who was newly enfranchised after the 1832 Reform Bill. That said, he was virulently opposed to the Whigs. This poem is an attack on Sir John Dalrymple, Liberal candidate for Edinburgh in the 1832 General Election. It brings up an incident in which Dalrymple, as commanding officer of the 92nd Foot, was accused of having turned a blind eye to 'treasonous emblems' (images of the king without his head) carried on placards at a reform meeting (Caledonian Mercury, 31 May 1832). The king tried to have Dalrymple dismissed from the army but he successfully defended himself. The speaker of the poem remains unconvinced, referring sarcastically to the 'innocent scrape': 'Though half of our town's folk the TREASON might see, / Or think that they saw it—'tis nothing to me.' The poem also appears in Blackwood's Magazine in September 1832.