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Aytoun, the Union Laddie

1832: Representation of the People Acts

This poem appears in Reform Songs and Squibs, published by Peter Brown, who was a 'ten pounder' (newly enfranchised by the Reform Bill) but opposed to the Whigs. The poem celebrates James Aytoun, a Radical candidate in the 1832 Edinburgh elections – he stood again in 1834 but this poem refers to the 1832 contest. It also appeared as a broadside, and is excerpted in Blackwood's Magazine in October 1832.