Aytoun, the Union Laddie
Publication: Reform Songs and Squibs
Publisher: Printed by Peter Brown
Publication type: Book
A full copy of this poem is available.
This poem has a set tune, and its title is:
The New Highland Laddie.
Archive/Library: Aberdeen University Library
Classmark(s): 82 (41) 17 Ref
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.