Database of Poems

Back to results

New Political Song

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:
James Aytoun (1797-1881)
James Gibson-Craig (1765-1850)
John Archibald Murray (1778-1859)
William Tait (1793-1864)

A full copy of this poem is available.

Further information:

Archive/Library: Aberdeen University Library
Classmark(s): 82 (41) 17 Ref
Pages(s): 51-52

We are told that this poem was 'Written on its being understood that Mr Aytoun had been advised by the Gentlemen of his Committee to start of Leith as well as Edinburgh, in order that his return to Parliament might be secured for one or other of these places'.  The poem celebrates Aytoun over his Whig rival John Archibald Murray.  Peter Brown, the publisher of this collection, was fervently anti-Whig and he edited the anti-Whig periodical The Ten Pounder.